Watercolour Wizardry



Join expert Cherry Lyons as she explains the art of watercolour wizardry. A creative experience for those who want to experiment, explore and push the boundaries of watercolour. Many modern watercolours are not just wishy-washy, fugitive paints – they can be positively dynamic. Using a variety of water media including watercolours, inks and mediums, you will be able to expand your existing painting skills and discover how to create expressive interpretations of the natural world. We plan to: - Capture the essence of a moment rather than photographic or realistic interpretation. - Weather permitting, we will sketch outdoors to gather ideas for painting - Allow the paint to ‘do its own thing’ – and watch it working it’s magic - Be brave and open to spontaneity and imagination - Try out the magic of a range of fascinating media and create exciting textures and colour combinations - Build contrasts for dynamic results. - Mix up the media and explore the capability of a variety of materials with freedom of expression About the Tutor: Cherry Lyons I am an experimental and mixed-media artist and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of creating new artwork in my garden studio What to Bring? This is a suggested list. - A sketchbook - Suggested format: A4, A5 or square with hard cover with paper that can take a watercolour wash - A few pieces of good quality watercolour paper of a size you like to use – at least 300 gsm - A basic range of watercolours – Ideally tube paint if you have any. If not, bring what you have. Suggested colours: Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, French Ultramarine, Lemon Yellow, Permanent Rose, Quinacridone Gold or similar. I will have some to use - Watercolour Inks - just one or two if you have any e.g black, brown - Brushes: Minimum: A good all-rounder – e.g No 6 plus a wash brush e.g Hake or Mop and rigger - Masking tape - Drawing material: Pencils – 2B (can be water-soluble) - A palette for mixing paint in - Container for water (cut down plastic milk cartons are useful for this) - A board that will fit your choice of paper - A small sketching paint set (only if you already have one) - Any photos/sketches you might like to use for reference in case it rains e.g. sea or moorland views - An apron - Raincoat and strong shoes suitable to walk in Bring along anything you already have. As well as paper, paints, brushes, palettes etc, kitchen roll is essential! I bring a limited amount of basic equipment that may suffice to fill gaps. Please bring along some or your previous work (in any medium). There is no obligation to show it to anyone else if you choose not to, but seeing it really helps me to help you to get the most from the course.

What's included in the price?

Expert Tuition Free Wi-Fi Full Board Accommodation Hot and Cold Drinks Picnic Lunch Full board accommodation and picnic lunch is available for resident bookings only. Refreshments are included for all, but non-resident bookings are advised to bring lunch with you.


5 days

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Accommodation offered
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Residential
  • UK Holiday
  • Parking provided
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Slapton Ley Field Centre, Sands Road, Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2QP

Booking options

Resident (Sole Occupancy)
17:00 - 15:00
£525.00 See dates
Resident (Shared Room)
17:00 - 15:00
£475.00 See dates
17:00 - 15:00
£375.00 See dates