Tuesday Afternoon Watercolour Sessions with Gail

Gail Astbury

10 Jan - 7 Feb

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

£90 (£20 per week pay as you go)

Class details

Join our Tuesday Afternoon Watercolour Sessions led by experienced artist and tutor, Gail Astbury, and develop your watercolour skills.

The British Museum has a wonderful display of over 100 master works of art on paper. You can view them for free anytime. They also have a remarkable online catalogue of masterworks from around the world which spans hundreds of years. Each week during this five course we look at the techniques and ideas of celebrated watercolourists held within the collection.


2 – 4.30pm

10 January – 7 February

Course Fee : £90

Pay As You Go : £20 per week

Limited to 12 artists


10 January : Norman Ackroyd 1

Exploring atmospheric landscape skills and tonal work from his Journeys around Britain series


17 January : Norman Ackroyd 2

Revisiting wet in wet water effects

Lake Windermere

24 January : Michael Landy

Revisiting how to use a fine ink pen on a watercolour for drawn detail

Family Ruins Series 2020

31 January : Kiki Smith

Looking at figurative drawing and how she uses the technique of multi layering in her works. We also explore the meaning in her art.

7 February : Anselm Kiefer

Looking at his use of colour, perspective and poetry in his watercolours

Winter 2015


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 Tuesday Afternoon Watercolour Sessions, 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 explore some of the works of art on paper held in the British Museum?


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: 10 Jan - 7 Feb
Tuesday 2:00 pm
Fees: £90 (£20 per week pay as you go)

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.  http://www.gailastbury.com 

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