Watercolours for Beginners online course, by Sarah Colgate

Watercolour landscape


Have a go at watercolour painting. In this 10-week course (start any time) learn how to apply watercolour paints, mix colours, paint scenes, etc. with confidence. Study in the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you.

A detailed handout will be emailed to you each week (Wednesday) with instructions, tasks, illustrations, etc. along with a link to a demonstration on YouTube. The sessions are 2 hours long for carrying out tasks and practicing, but you can carry out the work at a time convenient to you. Extra work ‘homework’ for 2 hours, is encouraged but it is optional. Individual feedback on the work you send to me will be given by email.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

Apply a variety of washes
Confidently apply brushstrokes
Mix colour
Darken and lighten colour
Create a variety of skies
Create texture
Paint simple scenes to include landscape, seascape and still life

About your tutor:

Sarah is a practising artist dividing her time between creating artwork for exhibitions and teaching art to adults. She works in a variety of media and enjoys sharing her knowledge of techniques and experience with students. Sarah is an experienced tutor having worked within adult education for local authorities, WEA, as well as for groups such as Wildlife Trusts, art societies, Embroidery Guilds, W.I.s, colleges, art galleries and museums. More recently she has successfully run her courses privately.

What's included in the price?

Ten sessions, handouts, link to demonstrations on YouTube and individual feedback on photos of your work sent by email.

What you will need

Access to internet (YouTube) and email.
A list of materials will be provided when you have enrolled on the course.


Sarah Colgate at Sarah Colgate

This course is taught online

Suitable for

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


10 weeks

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Liz Gale - - #32572

Sarah's course was easy to follow. The Youtube demonstrations were very useful and it was good to have the paper copy too.
I have learnt some useful tips and have really enjoyed doing it in Lockdown.
I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try water colour painting.

Response from Sarah Colgate:

Thank you, Liz for your review. I am glad you enjoyed the course and found the course materials useful.

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Julia Lyle - - #32511

I found this course inspiring!
Sarah has a very calm and organised way of presenting the techniques and the handouts and videos are excellent.
She gave me really helpful feedback and built my confidence when I was getting frustrated and impatient with myself!
I would highly recommend.

Response from Sarah Colgate:

Thank you, Julia for your review. I am glad you found the course inspiring and that you were able to develop your skills and confidence through the course materials and feedback.

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Howard Newby - - #32437

I cannot recommend this course too highly. It has been absolutely brilliant. I was a complete novice when I began and so was a little apprehensive, but Sarah’s learning materials are first rate and her feedback is always constructive and supportive. I now have the appetite to carry this on to the next level and, thanks to Sarah’s outstanding teaching skills, I have discovered a fulfilling new hobby.

Response from Sarah Colgate:

Thank you, Howard for your review. Lovely to know that you are enjoying the course and it’s great to know it is developing into a fulfilling hobby.

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Keith - - #32350

I am enjoying this course very much.
I have wanted to have a go at painting but never had the time when I was working.
About 18 months ago we went to my sister’s in France. She has an artist friend who has informal painting afternoons, we went to one, did a painting with his guidance and I got the bug!

Now with your course I am learning a lot of the grassroots of ‘Watercolour “ painting, e.g. Graduation of colours, complimentary colour, graded and variegated washes. I know it is probably obvious but the first lesson of the colour chart is a great idea of seeing exactly what the different colours look like on paper and of course, their names.

I am looking forward to completing the rest of the course

Response from Sarah Colgate:

Thank you, Keith for your review. I am glad you are enjoying the course and learning the basics of watercolour painting. It is good to know what you found particularly useful. Thank you.

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Sue Campling - - #32342

Ideal as a complete beginner as I‘m learning a lot about colour, mixing, washes etc with a couple of exercises to complete each week building on what I have learnt

Response from Sarah Colgate:

Thank you, Sue for your review. Glad to know that you are finding this course useful.

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