Introduction to Vibrant Watercolours

This Introduction to Watercolour course explores the techniques used by selected great masters, and Lorna’s luminous, vibrant approach for you to apply to your own work.    

  • Tutor, Lorna McNeill
  • September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21
  • 10.00 – 1.00
  • £200/course
  • tea and coffee provided
  • suitable for all


What to expect on this course

Who can look at a watercolour box of paints, bright jewels more inviting than sweeties, and not want to pick them up and give them a go?

Understandably, many of you will start your engagement with art classes in the watercolour class. It is the gateway medium. It is initially instinctive, but with the aid of a good tutor you will get so much more from your paints, and from yourself.

Lorna will introduce you to a range of vibrant and exciting techniques used by different Great Watercolour Masters to help the luminous colour of watercolours shine through.

There will be optional homework each week to help you build your skills.

Materials

The list of materials ALWAYS looks alarming. Do not panic. To some degree use your common sense. You must have paper, paint, brushes, and palette to get started. Look at starter sets of paints and see what colours are included. There are often sets of brushes available too. Don’t let lack of materials put you off. We will have some stuff to fill gaps. Most households have some old jars, loo roll or kitchen paper, collect a feather on a walk, dig out a notebook and you are nearly there. Not everything will be needed for day one, and sometimes you can share.

  • A3 thick cartridge 220g minimum
  • Watercolour paper – https://www.artsupplies.co.uk/item-mini-watercolour-paper-starter-pack.htm – £14.95 
  • OPTIONAL – min 300gsm watercolour paper in your chosen type 
  • At least 3 jars 
  • Paper towel
  • Metal edged ruler
  • Cutting blade/knife
  • Water sprayer and hairdryer
  • Transparent ‘magic’ tape
  • Masking fluid
  • Masking tape
  • Willow charcoal
  • 6B-8B pencils
  • Graphite woodless stick, or crayon 8b
  • Fineliner
  • Plastic type eraser
  • Notepad
  • Feather quill
  • Drinking straws
  • Watercolours ideally in tubes as easier to mix up for larger areas – student (cheaper) Or professional which are much better quality (eg Winsor and Newton Professional Water colour, Daler Rowney Artists waterclolour, Schmincke Horadam Finest Artists watercolour, Lukas Jackson’s Artist Watercolor)
  • ESSENTIAL:
    • Magenta or Permanent Rose
    • Cadmium red
    • Pthalo Blue/Winsor Blue
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Lemon yellow
    • Indian yellow
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Burnt umber
    • Black or black ink/acrylic ink
    • Opaque white gouache
  • WATERCOLOUR BRUSHES
    • One stroke flat 3/8” wide brush – can be nylon
    • One stroke flat 1” or 1 1/4” wide brush – can be nylon
    • 2-5cm Large hair hake type brush – big strokes and to cover large areas
    • Size 10-12 imitation sable round brush
  • OPTIONAL 
    • Fine pointed brush – dagger type eg Rosemary brushes 770 Sable blend sword liners
  • PALETTE