Painting - Water Based

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

Ref: SWE09291


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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 myriad of possibilities using watercolour. You will feel completely at ease working with materials and creating watercolour effects as no previous drawing or painting skill is 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 reference for future work - not only is it fun, but instructive and colourful. You will also create a patchwork of colour mixing and basic colour theory. On completing this course you will know basic rules and have 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, 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 and brushes. The tutor will be providing some additions to this equipment.

What students need to bring

  • Any art materials that you have at home and would like to see how to use.
  • Wax crayons, water soluble pencils, masking fluid to use in conjunction with watercolour. NB: The tutor will have these available for you to use and some brushes and paints if you are unsure of what to purchase.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Watercolours - tubes or pans
  • (Five colours minimum. 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 * Essential
  • A4 sized sketch book for notes and sketches - Ring binder preferable so you can add cuttings
  • Gum Strip (for stretching paper - Susie will have a supply of this)
  • Masking fluid
  • Water soluble pencils
  • Wax crayons

Student Review

" Being able to learn new skills in such a short space of time, Susie was very patient with everyone and went back over things several times until until it clicked "

David 2019



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

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