Painting - Water Based

Large scale watercolour painting – the abstract nude with Dong Li-Blackwell

Ref: SLW08978



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About this course

Learn the techniques and skills to paint with watercolour on a large scale, and explore the freedom this versatile medium offers in a contemporary way.

Course Description

This course will change how you view this traditional material by using it in a contemporary way. It will give you more freedom in your watercolour painting. By working with large paper and big brushes, you will build your confidence in painting large abstract nudes, as well as exploring your own body's movement in the painting process. The tutor will demonstrate how to work with large pools of colour and water, wet-in-wet techniques, as you extend the possibilities of your painting.

The life model will pose in unusual ways to help you build emotion in your painting. You should have some experience in life drawing.

By the end of the course you will know how to take control in painting, be able to make quick decisions, and understand the technical and expressive qualities of working with watercolour on a large scale.


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, 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


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing a life model, and some large paper.

What students need to bring

  • A water bucket, for washing your large brushes
  • Some weights for weighing the paper on the floor, or some masking tape
  • A roll of Kitchen paper
  • Palettes or some large white plates for mixing the colour

Available to buy

  • Watercolour brushes mid-large and large, the larger the better, for example 6 to 15cm, also 1 or 2 small one for details.
  • Watercolour in tubes only, your favourite colours, in both cold and warm tones, and some black (for example: the primary colours plus any other colours you like)
  • Pencil and charcoal
  • Some paper for sketching, both watercolour paper and sketch paper are needed (15 to 30 of A4 up to A1, whichever you prefer)
  • Masking tape


Dong Li-Blackwell

Dong Li-Blackwell studied in China, and MA Fine Art at Brighton University. She has won awards including 1st Prize, Royal Watercolour Society, 2012, and "The Best of 2013" collection on Saatchi Art.


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

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