Watercolour Painting – Introduction

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A well-structured and systematic course for those who have never painted before, as well as for those who want to reinforce their basic skills in watercolour and drawing.

Start Date Wed 23 Jan 2019
Weeks 5
Time18:30 - 21:00
CampusAireville Campus


Students learn to see colour, shape and tone and relate all these elements together in various compositions. This course aims to foster self-confidence and enjoyment of painting in a stimulating environment. 

Throughout the course students will learn from works of many artists to improve their development, it culminates in a more sustained painting developing the student’s personal interests. It is an ideal course for beginners as there is plenty of guidance from the tutor.

By the end of this course, you will understand how to use watercolour paints, be able to undertake a painting alone, understand how to mix colours and have a good understanding of colour theory. You will also have an understanding of tone, composition, handling paint and more.


  • Lay Out a Basic Palette
  • Handling Paint & Brushes
  • Drawing Out & Under-painting
  • Understanding Colour & Mixing
  • Understanding Composition
  • How to Take a Painting to Completion


You will need to bring:

  • An HB pencil & rubber
  • A set of basic watercolours, either in pans or in tubes. Artist quality paints are best but student quality will be fine, to begin with
  • A large, cheap brush
  • A medium sized sable brush or sable equivalent
  • A fine sable or equivalent brush
  • Kitchen roll
  • A small sponge
  • A palette (can be a large dinner plate)
  • A jar for water
  • Some good cartridge paper to begin with & some 300gm watercolour paper (Waterford, Saunders or Bockingford) These can be bought in sheets or in sketchblocks