Mastering the art of watercolour with Gail Astbury

Gail Astbury

11 Jan - 8 Feb

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Course Fees: Full £120 ; Retired £100 ; Concession £80 (Pay As You Go available)

Class details

In this short course of mastering the art of watercolour Gail looks at the Courtauld Gallery’s permanent collection and archives.

Tuesdays 2 – 4.30pm

11 January – 8 February

Course Fees: Full £120 ; Retired £100 ; Concession £80

Pay As You Go Rates: Full £30 ; Retired £25 ; Concession £20

The Courtauld has a plethora of great watercolour artists from whom we can learn and draw inspiration. During the five week course we shall explore their style and influences and use our findings to inform our own practice. Each week Gail leads us in a technical exercise on our way to mastering the art of watercolour. Once we have completed the exercises we move on to our main painting and leave the class knowing a little more about the great masters, the techniques they used and how we can incorporate them in our work.

Each week we provide support notes so that you can explore the artist at home. We send them to you before the class so you can bring the right equipment. Don’t worry we also give you a hard copy for the session. We also share any links of video clips that Gail shows in class so you can refer to them again.

You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy the course, but you’ll get more from it if you have some experience in painting with watercolours. We limit our class sizes to twelve. This means that you not only benefit from personal tuition but also enjoy peer support.


We supply the following equipment and materials

  • Watercolour Paper for the preliminary class and colour mixing exercises
  • Palette
  • Water Jars
  • Kitchen Paper
  • Cotton Buds
  • Sponges

You will need to bring:

  • Watercolour paints
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Brushes (various shapes round/flat/mop and sizes ranging from 4, 6, 8,10 and 12)
  • Watercolour paper for the final class painting
  • Watercolour sketchbook
  • Your Apron


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 11 Jan - 8 Feb
Tuesday 2:00 pm
Fees: Course Fees: Full £120 ; Retired £100 ; Concession £80 (Pay As You Go available)

About the tutor

Gail Astbury

Gail Astbury has a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon UAL and has recently gained an MA in Contemporary Arts Practice from Goldsmiths University and Tate Galleries 2014. Her work has featured in many prominent locations such as London’s Trafalgar Square, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Academy and she has works held in the collection of the MMSU Museum of Modern Art in Croatia.

Gail makes series of paintings and watercolours in her studios in London and La Péruse, southwest France. Her work starts with her immediate surroundings, taking photos, sketching and amassing a picture library to draw reference from. She then plays with the imagery, using scale, colour, edits and zoom to select and highlight interesting focal points. She uses a range of techniques from renaissance lighting and brushwork to the colour and decorative compositions of 20th century modernism through to contemporary mass media image making and production. The resulting paintings are celebratory, they tell visual tales and proclaim societal hopes and fears. 

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