Learn essential water-based wet drawing skills for the outdoor artist. You will develop skills around watercolour drawing in sketchbooks, with a focus on how to structure compositions or plan future compositions.
Build your confidence and enjoyment of ‘en plein air’ watercolour sketching in a fun and individualised way. You will consider colour in an outdoor setting, and work directly from observation. You will be unpicking how sketchbook drawings can be used to visually explore an environment and might be evolved to inform and develop a finished composition.
You will use sketchbooks to draw and paint outside; making many rapid drawings by exploiting the speed and spontaneity of watercolour, and investigating ways of composing artwork. You will be encouraged to explore the outdoor palette by colour mixing from a limited selection of colours and direct observation, and begin to develop a colour mixing reference card for future use. You will be encouraged to respond to whatever aspect of the outdoor setting most appeals to you. The College will be the location for this outdoor course where architecture, landscape and vegetation are readily accessible for first hand observation.
Any additional skills required when working wet and developing a work on paper (where the paper acts as the white) will be included as necessary with tutor demonstration of any relevant approaches required. The tutoring will be as flexible and individualised as possible.
By the end of the course, you will have practical experience of outdoor watercolour working and sketchbook sketching. You will have gained confidence to enjoy using your sketchbooks outdoors, with new focus.
The course aims to foster greater awareness of some of the concepts used by artists when composing pictures and you will have explored some of these practically. You will have used a limited colour palette and begun to develop an approach to ‘en plein air’ colour mixing in the landscape.
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 until 9pm, 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)
Kim Whitby is an experienced educator with a first degree in Art Education at King Alfred's College in Winchester and has latterly gained a Fine Art Masters Degree at Aberystwyth University. She teaches regularly in London and with organisations, groups and societies.
Self-paced online courses
Painting - Water Based
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