Six Week Watercolour Course with Gail Astbury

Gail Astbury

1 Nov - 6 Dec

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Course £100 : Pay As You Go £20 per week

Class details

During this new six week watercolour course we will be taking ideas, techniques, and inspiration from three remarkable artists. Their work covers a span of 150 years and charts major turning points in both American and British history.


10am – 12.30pm

Course Fee : £100

Pay As You Go Weekly : £20

Limited to 12 artists

Course Content

1 & 8 November Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer was an American realist painter. We shall explore his work in the “Force of Nature” exhibition which is showing at the National Gallery until January 2023.

1883 ‘Inside the Bar’
Painted in Cullercoats Tyneside. Showing his awe of the fisherfolk’s spirit of endurance

15 & 22 November Eric Ravilious

Eric Ravilious was a British painter and illustrator. The Towner gallery in Eastbourne includes his work in their permanent collection. We shall focus on his Sussex landscapes.

1935 Halstead in the Snow
1939 The Vale of the White Horse

29 Nov and 6 December Mary Fedden

Mary Fedden was a British artist who painted simple, everyday things that brought pleasure. The Portland Gallery in London has an exhibition of her work from 9 November until 2 December called “The Painters Eye”. We shall round off our workshops this year looking at the work in this exhibition.

1992 Moot Hall
2007 Still Life with Fish and Pear


Each week we provide support notes for you to keep. 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 six week watercolour 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. So, why not join us as we delve into the style and techniques of three inspirational artists.


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: 1 Nov - 6 Dec
Tuesday 2:00 pm
Fees: Course £100 : Pay As You Go £20 per week

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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