Through your own painting practice in watercolour, you will be encouraged to develop your technical skills with the medium, and to extend your responses to your subject matter, whilst exploring your understanding of contemporary painting and the use of watercolour within it.
Using exercises, the tutor will ask you to develop your technical approaches to your work. Exercises may invite you to work in a particular way, or with a specified approach or materials, or both. Exercises may involve drawing, painting, writing, or a combination of these.
By looking at examples of other artists’ work, you will be introduced to various contemporary painters and working methods. The aim is to show a range of possible strategies, which you might employ in your own work. This will also help to develop your understanding of watercolour as a contemporary medium and inspire your own thinking.
Through group discussions and individual tutorials, you will be pushed to extend your thinking and conceptual approaches. You will be required to engage in individual reflection in relation to your practice. Group tutorials will be used as a way of introducing new ideas, to summarise progress in the context of collective feedback and thought, and to develop your understanding of your painting practice within the context of contemporary painting generally. The concept of reflective studio practice will help you to develop the notion of ‘critical thinking’ in relation to your work.
The course is couched within the broader art-historical context of watercolour painting - you will be asked to consider your practice in relation to this history, changing notions of watercolour as a medium, and the innovative use of watercolour as a contemporary painting medium.
By the end of the course, you will have increased knowledge and understanding of your approach to watercolour painting, your conceptual thinking around the medium, and begun to be a reflective studio practitioner. You will have improved handling of your materials and started to understand your watercolour work within the broader context of contemporary art history.
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.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
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)
Steve is a professional artist and educator, whose practice spans over thirty years. Combining self-taught technical knowledge with an M.A. in Fine Art (York St. John) Steve is an elected Fellow of The British Watercolour Society and The International Guild of Artists.