Watercolours inspired by Cezanne : a 6 week course

Gail Astbury

13 Sep - 18 Oct

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Course: £100 (£20 Pay As You Go weekly fee)

Class details

In this 6 week course we shall create watercolours inspired by Cezanne. We shall take ideas and inspiration from the forthcoming Paul Cézanne exhibition at London’s Tate Modern.


10am – 12.30pm

13 September – 18 October

Course Fee: £100

Pay As You Go Weekly Fee: £20

Limited to 12 artists

Cézanne remains a pivotal figure for all generations of artists. He painted and created work in a rapidly accelerating world. In spite of this, his paintings focus on his own personal experiences, what was local to him and the everyday. In this way he was able to make sense of the chaos and uncertainty of modern life.

During the course we study work by contemporary artists including Kerry James Marshall, Lubaina Himid and Phyllida Barlow. We’ll also read the exhibition essays. By doing this and visiting the exhibition we shall be able to understand Cézanne’s continuing legacy as an inspirational figure.

The exhibition at the Tate runs from 5th October 2022 until 11th March 2023. We shall visit the exhibition on Tuesday 11th October. There are 80 works in the show which have been gathered from collections around the world. The exhibition will feature key examples of Cézanne’s

  • iconic still life paintings
  • Provençale landscapes
  • portraits
  • bather scenes

Course Content

13 September – Still Life 1

Exploring the colour and compositional structures that Cézanne set up using everyday objects

20 September – Still Life 2

Consolidating our still life painting explorations with a finished piece

27 September – Landscape 1

Looking at the use of ‘passage’ within the Provencal paintings and how they progress stylistically throughout Cézanne’s life

4 October – Landscape 2

Consolidating what we learned from Cézanne to create our own iconic landscape motif

11 October – Gallery Visit

A guided trip to the Tate Modern Cézanne exhibition – We will study 3 stand out works throughout the 2.5hr session with the opportunity to choose a favourite to work from next week

18 October – Final Week

Self guided painting inspired by one of Cézanne’s masterpieces in the exhibition


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 studio, 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 for this course and focus on watercolours inspired by Cezanne?


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: 13 Sep - 18 Oct
Tuesday 10:00 am
Fees: Course: £100 (£20 Pay As You Go weekly fee)

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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