How to master watercolour in the style of the RA Masters

12 Jan - 2 Mar


£20 per session (£15 Concessions)

Class details

Join us online and learn how to master watercolour in the style of the Royal Academy’s Masters.


2 – 4pm

12 January – 2 March

Course Fee: £20 per session (£15 for Concessions)

In this 8 week course with Gail Astbury you will learn how the Royal Academy masters captured common subjects in watercolour.

Starting with the sky and clouds we look at how different Academicians have captured the mood and atmosphere. During the course we look at other common subjects:

  • 12 Jan – Clouds
  • 19 Jan – Night
  • 26 Jan – Winter Landscape
  • 2 Feb – Seascapes
  • 9 Feb – Parks and Gardens
  • 16 Feb – Colour composition and abstraction
  • 23 Feb – Cityscapes
  • 2 March – Homes

The Royal Academicians inspiring us include:

  • JMW Turner
  • Dame Elizabeth Blackadder
  • Fiona Rae
  • John Constable
  • George Clausen
  • Christopher Le Brun
  • Norman Ackroyd
  • John Carter
  • Lesley Hicks
  • David Hockney
  • Jennifer Durrant

Follow in the footsteps of JMW Turner and learn about the challenges of working with watercolour. Your response is as much about how you apply the paint as the subject you are painting.


You will need to supply your own materials for this course. We recommend:

  • Watercolour paints (solid pans)
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Brushes (various shapes round/flat/mop and sizes ranging from 4, 6, 8,10 and 12)
  • Watercolour paper
  • Watercolour sketchbook
  • 1 x Palette
  • 2 x Water Jars
  • 1 x Apron

Book now and learn how to master watercolour. The class is limited to 10 artists.

About the Tutor

Gail Astbury has a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon UAL and an MA in Contemporary Arts Practice from Goldsmiths University and Tate Galleries. 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 work 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 use as reference points. Then she plays with the imagery, using scale, colour, edits and zoom to select and highlight interesting focal points. She uses a range of techniques to create paintings that are celebratory. They tell visual tales and proclaim societal hopes and fears.  http://www.gailastbury.com 

Course Details


Dates: 12 Jan - 2 Mar
Tuesday 2:00 pm
Fees: £20 per session (£15 Concessions)

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