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Online | Contemporary Watercolour Painting | Carla Hananiah

Course overview

Do you want to take your watercolour painting skills to the next level? By no means traditional, this contemporary watercolour course will expand your skills and understanding of this beautiful medium. Students will:

  • explore colour in more detail with colour exercises designed to help you make more educated palette choices
  • learn how to make key decisions before embarking on larger or more detailed works.
  • gain an extensive understanding of watercolour mediums and how to use them for effects and masking
  • understand the importance of paper selection and surface texture and how these impact your work
  • expand into experimenting with gouache and elements of the drawn such as pastel, ink or charcoal on top of your watercolour

By the end of this course you will have a solid grounding in the beginnings of investigating pigments/colour and their innate behavioural characteristic qualities. These structured activities will be balanced with a key focus on students working on self-directed projects and subject/s of choice. The idea is for you to take your ideas or quicker watercolours/sketches to a finished piece or larger scale.

images: Carla Hananiah watercolours

Is this course right for me

Not for complete beginners, some prior watercolour painting experience is assumed

Materials list

Art materials are not included in the course fee. Students should bring the following materials:

  • Any watercolours you already have - palette decisions can be made as you go as these are very personal.
  • Watercolour brushes
  • Good quality artist watercolour paper – preferably 100% cotton e.g. - Arches/Fabriano (whichever surface texture you have a personal preference for).
  • If you also have gouache, inks, pastel, charcoal etc and wish to work in this way then you may need.
  • a box of tissues
  • a roll of paper towel
  • a roll of masking tape and/or bulldog clips
  • at least 2 x clean glass jars
  • Soft lead pencil (eg 2B or 3B), eraser
  • Economy watercolour paper for studies and test painting 200-300gsm – A block of Canson Montval 100 Sheets of A3 300gsm paper is very economical.

If you are unsure, use what you have for the first class and we can decide what may be worth you investing in to add to your paint kit.

From 1 June, some classes will return to studio based learning. Other classes will continue to be delivered online in our Virtual Zoom Art Room. The venue is listed with the class details.

If you are joining a Zoom Art Room class, you will need the following:

• A desktop, laptop, tablet or ios or android smartphone
• An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
• Speakers, microphone and webcam (wireless or inbuilt)
• Download the free version of Zoom to your device
• Check and test everything before you enrol, and double check the day before your class

Fees for adult classes exclude art materials.Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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