Introduction to the art of watercolour painting

12 Jan - 9 Feb


£100 (£75 Concessions)

Class details

Introduction to the art of watercolour painting led by Gail Astbury is a five week online course.


6.30 – 8.30pm

12 January – 9 February

Course Fee: £100 (£75 Concessions)

Watercolour painting became popular in Britain in the 18th century. John Constable and JMW Turner were just two of the famous artists using the medium. Since then many artists and illustrators have chosen watercolour as their medium of choice. It is perfect for giving clarity and a lightness of touch to images.

In this online Introduction to the art of watercolour course we will

  • cover all the basics of watercolour painting and focus on Landscape as a subject
  • take inspiration from nature, works by master painters and your own visual references.

Each week Gail will guide you through a step-by-step structure, covering key concepts and techniques so you build on and improve your painting skills and techniques. At the end of each lesson there is room for experimenting with these newly learned techniques to create
individual visual effects.

Course Content

Week 1

How to create skies in Landscape painting using washes and wet verses dry techniques.

Week 2

How to create perspective in landscape compositions through colour gradations from dark to light

Week 3

Creating light by learning how to make colour overlays using glazing techniques

Week 4

Creating texture in the landscape, using lifting out techniques, splattering and layering

Week 5

Warm colours verses cool when creating a sunset


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 7 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 - 9 Feb
Tuesday 6:30 pm
Fees: £100 (£75 Concessions)

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