A beginner’s guide to watercolour – technique and application with Susie Hunt

Painting - Water Based

Ref: S2D12010

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About this course

Explore the possibilities, methods and techniques used with watercolours as you create a patchwork of samples for your future reference. Sessions in drawing techniques will underpin your future work.

Course Description

Working from first principles, the tutor will introduce you to some of the myriads of possibilities using watercolour. You will feel completely at ease working with materials and creating watercolour effects, as no previous drawing or painting skills are required.

The tutor will introduce each technique through demonstration, enabling you to follow through each step and will also give you time and attention to make sure you understand the process.

You will create a patchwork of watercolour techniques that you will have as a reference for future work. Not only is it fun, but instructive and colourful. You will also create a patchwork of colour mixing samples and learn some basic colour theory. On completing this course, you will have learnt some basic rules and developed your knowledge and understanding of colour mixing, colour theory, brushwork and watercolour techniques.

Much of the mystery of watercolour is in method and technique; by learning these and practicing them, you will create your own paintings with greater skill and confidence.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • There will be some watercolour paper and all that is needed to get you started on the first evening, including some watercolour paint and brushes. The tutor will be providing some additions to this equipment.

What students need to bring

  • Any watercolour art materials that you have at home, i.e. paints, brushes, watercolour paper, a notebook/sketchbook A5 spiral bound if possible (items available to buy from college shop).
  • Also any materials you already have and would like to learn about, i.e. when and how to use. For example: wax crayons, water soluble pencils, masking fluid, gouache paints. N.B.: The tutor will have these available for you to use and some brushes and paints if you are unsure of what to purchase. Please bring any materials you may have from the available to buy list.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • All materials are available but not it is not necessary to purchase, the following is a list of useful things to have:
  • Watercolours – tubes or pans (the tutor prefers tubes)
  • (Colours recommended: Prussian Blue or Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Scarlet Lake or Alizarin Crimson, Lemon or Cadmium Yellow, Viridian.)
  • At least three brushes of different sizes.
  • A fine rigger or sable 04. Medium Sable 06 or proline sable mix and a wash brush – one inch mop
  • 4 sheets of watercolour paper – in pads or loose
  • A4 sized sketch book for notes and sketches – ring binder preferable so you can add cuttings
  • Gum Strip (for stretching paper – the tutor will have a supply of this)
  • Masking fluid
  • Water soluble pencils
  • Wax crayons
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no open toes or sandals).



Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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