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Introduction to watercolour landscapes in Epping Forest

Introduction to watercolour landscapes in Epping Forest

About the Course

Absolutely no experience necessary, this introduction to watercolour landscape will start in the classroom learning about colour mixing, tone, how to introduce life into your work, layering your paint working from light to dark. The afternoon will be spent outdoors painting trees, water and structures. Linda’s teaching is not ‘step-by-step’ thus allowing her to tutor a group of mixed abilities; she will demonstrate a technique or subject and you will then have a go. Her painting techniques follow traditional rules which she believes you have to know before you break them! The morning will be spent painting indoors, including watercolours with and without drawing, looking at skies, trees, water, tone, perspective and creating movement with your brush marks. The afternoon will be spent outdoors painting the landscape including trees, water and structures, learning how to create layers and distance in your painting.

Course tutor: Linda Matthews
Linda Matthews has worked as a full time artist and tutor for 18 years. She is inspired by everything around her, she enjoys sharing the essentials of painting in the studio so you can experience fully the freedom of painting from life - en plein air - out of doors. She works professionally in most media. Her philosophy for painting is ‘Wherever you look there is something to paint. You can never be bored with a pencil, a sketchbook and a paintbox’.

What to Bring
Sensible clothing for the weather
Appropriate footwear
Lunch and Drinks (refreshments are provided)
Watercolour paints - for beginners I recommend Winsor & Newton Cotman range; Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Pthalo Turquoise, Cadmium Red Hue, Permanent Rose, Alizarin Crimson, Gamboge Hue, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber.
Brushes: Size 2 Quill Mop Squirrel or synthetic ¼ imperial 31*41cm
Watercolour block
Water bottle
Water pot
Mixing palette
2B Pencil
Plastic rubber
A full material kit is available to purchase from Linda on arrival at £55.00, if ordered 14 days before course commences.
A portable seat and easel if you wish to use one.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Expert tuition
Free Wi-Fi
Hot and cold drinks
Personal and travel insurance


Field Studies Council, Epping Forest and Juniper Hall
Paul's Nursery Road
High Beech
IG10 4AF
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  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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