Why not join the OPEN Watercolour Studio and develop your watercolour skills to move your artistic practice to a new level? We’ve created a place where you can create and paint in a friendly and supportive environment.
10am – 12.30pm
22 February – 29 March
Block Booking Fee: £100
Weekly Pay As You Go Fee: £20
Limited to 12 artists
During this block of six sessions we explore the work of Cecily Brown; how she uses watercolour, the artist who influence her and how her practice has evolved.
The Courtauld Institute commissioned Cecily Brown to create a large mural for the stairwell. We will work on a series of watercolour paintings, based on classics, using stretched paper, and washes. There will be the opportunity to revisit and rework previous week work throughout the term and choose your own favourite classics to follow.
Brown is known for her large-scale pieces that straddle the border between figuration and abstraction,
capturing the sensations of the body through lush applications of paint. Simultaneously channelling the Old
Masters and Abstract Expressionism, her paintings combine rigorous compositional structure with a sense of
In the last decade, Brown’s work has matured from hedonistic abandon into more serious dialogues with
other artists like Hogarth, Degas, and Delacroix often taking on difficult subjects. She works in watercolour to
prepare for her larger works, these are sometimes based on well-known classical paintings and are a great
resource for us to follow on from last terms Post Impressionists. More El Greco than Degas, Brown’s writhing
figures are somehow compelling.
So, why not join our watercolour studio? Develop your artistic practice at the same time as learning about artist Cecily Brown and enjoying the benefits of the Courtauld Gallery.
22 Feb : Week 1
Monochrome multiple figure work after Brown’s shipwreck series – Delacroix, Gericault
1 March : Week 2
Continuing with the shipwreck series in colour
8 March : Week 3
Class visit to the Courtauld Institute Gallery to see Cecily Brown’s commission and sketch from several works in the gallery (please bring your sketchbooks and dry materials.)
15 March : Week 4
Use your sketches from the gallery visit to make a painting
22 March : Week 5
Selecting a favourite old master painting to rework in the spirit of Cecily Brown
29 March : Week 6
Consolidation and finishing the series
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 the OPEN Watercolour Studio?