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Loosening up and the Watercolour Sketch with Tanya Baily

This workshop is fast, fun and full of exercises to help you to see and paint the essence of a subject matter. The morning will start with a busy session of in-studio work on a range of essential watercolour techniques, before venturing into the characterful streets and the GreenWay paths around Art Est. for some plein air sketching.

Students will then return to the studio and finish a painting (or set of paintings) from their outdoor sketches and memory.

We will reference a number of watercolour artists to gather ideas and each student will be encouraged to develop their own approach and style.

Is this course right for me?

Beginners to watercolour are welcome, but some prior experience in painting or drawing would be useful.


  • 1x large sheet: size 56x76cm of 100% Cotton 300 gsm medium grain watercolour paper. Most commonly found brands are Arches, Fabriano, Waterford, Canson. Available at all Art Stores. It is important to use this good quality paper to get the most out of the exercises Tanya will be teaching.
  • Your watercolour paints, brushes and palette*
  • Kitchen roll absorbent paper
  • HB pencil, rubber, sharpener

*Please use quality paints such as Winsor & Newton, Art Spectrum, Daniel Smith or Schmincke (Cheap paints have little pigment and are a waste of money.) A basic colour palette will include a cool and warm of each primary colour:
Lemon Yellow, Warm Yellow, Winsor Red (or cadmium), Alizarin Crimson, Prussian or Pthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue.
If you have other colours, keep them handy.

Our workshops are all delivered in studio at Art Est.

We have extra measures in place for your health and well-being.

Please read about our Covid-19 safe measures here.

Maximum of 8-12 students in all our classes depending which studio is used Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

Unless otherwise noted, prices exclude art materials.
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Course testimonials:

  • This course was very well taught. Tanya has good knowledge of the medium and is organised, she brings Visuals to explain what she tries to get her students to achieve. It is a positive experience. The facilities are of a high standard. I am a Visual Arts Teacher and have done a few courses at Art Est and find them excellent.