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Watercolour Painting, 10 Weekdays live online Foundation Course



Watercolour for Beginners - Note this course is delivered online. Each class is 2 hours long.

A comprehensive 10 Week Foundation Course structured to deliver step by step practical experience of the medium.

NB There is a weekend course delivered on Saturdays with identical content on Weekends. Check carefully please.

All your questions will be answered and you will build a repertoire of effective painting techniques. Clear demonstrations, explanations and Paint-alongs are delivered online via Zoom.

Output - The participant will be able to confidently apply a range of appropriate watercolour techniques and will be able to plan and execute a watercolour landscape.

Lesson 1
Understanding the medium
We explore your expectations and motivations. Expert guidance on paper, brushes, colours, materials and equipment.
Introducing pigment to water and observing its effects closely. Time to play and learn.

Lesson 2
Exploiting the medium
Understanding and using the unique effects of the watercolour elements - pigment, water, paper and timing.
Learning how to create form and how to exploit the medium for impact. More playtime to explore the possibilities.

Lesson 3
Directing the medium
Beginning to guide the medium for your own purposes. Observing the beautiful effects of Colour mixing. Exploiting transparency and exploring brushstrokes to produce a simple but delightful painting subject.

Lesson 4
Controlling the medium
Learning different techniques for your Wash. Drills.
Flat Wash on Dry Paper
Flat Wash on Wet Paper
Graded Wash on Wet Paper
Graded Wash on Dry Paper
Graded Wash with Colour Transition

Lesson 5
Creating sky and clouds by Exploiting the Variables.
Wet, Moist, Damp and Dry Paper Drills
Wet on Dry
Wet on Wet
Dry into Wet
Dry on Dry

Lesson 6
Understanding Tonal Values and Mixing on the paper
Understanding Pigment to Water Ratio on the brush
Working with 5 Tonal Values From Light to Dark
The ‘Apple’ exercise

Lesson 7
The Arrangement and Relationship of Shapes
The ‘Rule’ of Thirds
Treatment of Background, Middle Ground and Foreground
How to recognise and treat your Focal Point
Warm versus Cool
Executing a monochromatic composition to understand
the importance of tonal values in a composition.

Lesson 8
Putting it all together - Composing and painting a scene
Step 1: The Composition and Drawing.

Lesson 9
Putting it all together - Executing The Wash
Step 2: Graded Washes

Lesson 10
Putting it all together - Completing your Painting
Steps 3 & 4: Wet in Wet and Dry Brushstrokes

Your Tutor:

George Boyter is a professional watercolour artist and teacher.
“ This course is for someone who really wants to learn how to paint in watercolour. That’s what I was 5 years ago when I committed to my ambition to become an artist. I sought out the 2 most renowned watercolour masters in the world and spent time with them on intensive courses. I watched, listened and learned intently. I took their advice and adopted their teaching methods and painted as frequently as I could. Learning never stops of course, it simply becomes a joy - as does painting. This course delivers the essential fundamental building blocks so that you can become the artist you aspire to be.”

“George’s teaching style is relaxed, friendly, engrossing and informative far beyond expectations.When demonstrating how to design, execute and complete a painting using this complicated medium, George is first class. I would recommend George without hesitation.”
Dominic Bertelli

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Class notes, via email, will be made available for you to download and keep. You work at home using your own materials and equipment. I can give recommendations as to what you may need if you're starting out.

What you will need

Saunders Waterford ROUGH 300g/m/140lb watercolour paper
Size: 16" x 12" Block (20 Sheets)
Bockingford ROUGH 300g/m/140lb watercolour Spiral Pad
Palette of Core Colours
Cotman 21ml tube colours
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Sienna
Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Red
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Cerulean Blue
Viridian Green
Chinese White

Extra Colours
Cobalt Turquoise by Winsor & Newton
Squirrel Mop size 11
Synthetic Sable sizes 10 and 6

Saunders Waterford 140ib/300gsm Rough 14” x 10” Block Pad of 20 Sheets

Backing board set at an angle/Masking Tape/ Water Atomiser/2 Water Pots/Kitchen Roll


George Boyter

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
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