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Exploring Modern Watercolour Techniques (Spr23)

Art Classes & Workshops

Date: Thu 19 January 2023 - Thu 16 March 2023

Start Time: 10am

Duration: 2,5 hours

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This course is open to all.

The focus of this course is experimenting with some modern methods of watercolour painting using a variety of subjects, materials, photographs and internet images.
You will learn to develop a more abstract approach using textural methods including lifting out sponging, dripping, printing, cling film, collage and oil pastel resists.

TUTOR: Bob Meecham


Week 1: Getting to know Materials, Sponging, dribble, drip and wet in wet meanders – abstract
Week 2: Resists, lifting out and masking – plants and landscape
Week 3: Lines and spaces – abstract
Week 4: Ink, white gouache/acrylic – Landscape, buildings
Week 5: Making templates using found objects – abstract
Week 6: Printing, sponging and scraffito – abstract
Week 7: Cezanne and impressionist technique – still life forms
Week 8: Newspaper collage – harbour scene


  • Composing and designing from basic forms from abstract, landscape to natural forms
  • Lots of practice in applying watercolour using a variety of techniques, and combining with other materials and media
  • Experiment with various textures and surfaces to produce a range of different studies and styles with a contemporary slant


Set of watercolour brushes including a large wash brush, simple palette (white plastic or ceramic plates are ideal), glass jars, kitchen paper roll or tissues.
You will need several sheets of 300gsm weight watercolour papers Bockingford or other (or a watercolour pad of similar weight paper) and practice paper ( sketchbook or similar)
Watercolours of reasonable artist or student quality: Suggested colours are ultramarine blue, cerulean or cyan blue, light red, scarlet lake, permanent rose, cadmium yellow pale, burnt umber, viridian and indigo.
Black pen (Edding or Pilot drawing pen or biro)
Tube of white gouache or acrylic paint, masking tape, sponge, tissues, scissors and ruler
PVA glue and old newspapers
Cling film, tracing paper, toned grey paper ( not essential, there will be some available)
A small box of oil or wax pastels ( not essential, there will be some available)
Other unusual materials will be available to try when needed


8 weeks from 19 January 2023

Dates: 19, 26 Jan & 2, 9, 23 Feb & 2, 9, 16 Mar

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