The OPEN Watercolour Studio

Gail Astbury

11 Jan - 8 Feb

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Block Booking Fee: £80 (Pay As You Go Rate £20)

Class details

Would you like to develop your watercolour skills and move your artistic practice to a new level? We’ve created a place where you can create and paint. So, why not join the OPEN Watercolour Studio and develop your skills in a friendly and supportive environment?


10am – 12.30pm

11 January – 8 February

Block Booking Fee: £80

Weekly Pay As You Go Fee: £20

Limited to 12 artists

In the sessions we explore various artists and their works. We discuss their range of painting techniques, ideas, and materials that we want to investigate further. Each artist we look at is using the medium of painting for its fluidity, expressive qualities and its ability to bring together elements which seem unrelated.

Each week we shall

  • start with a step-by-step warm up-activity
  • introduce contemporary skills and techniques
  • progress to more personal finished works

We provide support notes every week 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 OPEN watercolour studio, but you’ll get more from it, if you have some experience in painting with watercolours. We limit the number of artists in the studio to twelve which increases the opportunity for discussion and personal tuition. You also get to enjoy and benefit from peer support.


We supply the following equipment and materials

  • Watercolour Paper for colour mixing exercises
  • Palette
  • Water Jars
  • Kitchen Paper
  • Cotton Buds

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 your final painting
  • Watercolour sketchbook
  • Your Apron


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 11 Jan - 8 Feb
Tuesday 10:00 am
Fees: Block Booking Fee: £80 (Pay As You Go Rate £20)

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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