Master the Art of Watercolour

18 Aug - 8 Sep

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

£80 (£60 concessions)

Class details


18 August – 8 September

2 – 4pm

Course Fee: £80 Adults (£60 Concessions)

Limited to 10 artists

Explore the magical and multidimensional visions of Paul Klee in this four week course. Paul Klee set down 4 core teaching paths throughout his career that he documented in his Pedagogical sketchbook. These teachings will be our guide for each session

Week 1 Proportionate Line and structure –  we learn to ‘take a line for a walk’ as a way of arriving at form

Week 2 Dimension and Balance  – we follow Klee’s footsteps in mixing painting with poetry

Week 3 Gravitational Curve – we look at pictorial building blocks with a focus on cities

Week 4 Kinetic and chromatic energy and movement – in this session we look at the dynamics of colour, rhythm and movement in Klee’s recurring underwater scenes

This course is for anyone who

  • loves to paint
  • wants to improve their technique
  • wants to build a portfolio of work
  • wants to get together with other enthusiasts  
  • wants to develop a personal style

Materials Needed: you will need to provide your own materials for this course.

  • Watercolour paints ( 24 colour solid pans )
  • Watercolour pencil
  • 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

Optional Materials: watercolour paints in tubes, artists masking frog tape, masking fluid, sponges.

Suppliers: www.cassart.co.uk ; www.jacksonsart.com (read the review of their own brand of paints at the bottom of the watercolour page) ; www.pullingers.com ; Hobbycraft

About the Tutor

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 

Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 18 Aug - 8 Sep
Tuesday 2:00 pm
Fees: £80 (£60 concessions)

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