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Watercolour - Beginners

Course code: QCRT106P

Subject area: Art & Design

Study level: Part Time

Course level: E

Course details

Course time:

3:30pm - 5:30pm

Days of week:


Course date:

22nd Apr 2024 - 8th Jul 2024

Course location:

District Community Centre

Contact details


01235 555 585

This course is designed for those who wish to continue to learn how to paint in the medium of watercolour. It is a practical, structured and comprehensive course that will continue to teach the further skills and techniques necessary to paint in this beautiful and inspiring medium, while still receiving lots of help and support from your tutor.

You will:

Explore a further variety of washes and use of brushwork.

Extend your knowledge of how to use watercolour pencils and a range of mixed media approaches.

Apply pen and wash.

Experiment further with different watercolour effects to produce creative textures on paper.

Explore and further develop your own personal style and painting signature.

Receive lots of help and advice, through demonstrations from your tutor, plus one to one guidance and creative work within a supportive group setting.

Please do not purchase equipment/materials until your course has been confirmed.

What you need to bring to the first session:

A4 watercolour paper pad - 140lb or 300gsm, no lighter ( a pad of Langton Rough is recommended)

Paints - such as Winsor and Newton’s Cotman range or Daler Rowney’s Georgian range- Tubes are much easier, so, tubes indoors is probably the best option, rather than pans.


• Essential: Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultra Marine Blue, Viridian Green (or Phthalo Green, but not both!), Permanent Rose (very helpful for flower painters), Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre.

Selection of brushes- Choose from sable brushes at the top end, nylon brushes at the cheap end or synthetic Sable blends in the middle

• A big one and a small one. (Number ten round and a number two round recommended for smaller A4 or A3 sized paintings). If you work big then a large hake is useful

Small white plate/palette to mix colour on.

Jam jar for water

Kitchen paper

HB pencil and sharpener


Your tutor will advise you of further art materials that you will need as the course progresses.

Please note there will be no teaching session on 01/04/24, 08/04/24, 15/04/24, 06/05/24, 27/05/24

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What next?

Your tutor will be happy to advise you of the next course to progress to. You could go on to explore another painting media such as oils or acrylics.

Entry criteria

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2023 prior to starting the course.

Fee information

You are expected to provide your own materials, which might cost you up to £20. Please do not buy any materials until your course is confirmed as running.

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £50.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £50.00

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

Qualifications received

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.

Learning & method assessment

As this is a non-accredited course, informal methods of assessment will be used. Please add to all - You will be required to complete a RARPA form which represents Recognising and Recording your Progress and Achievement¿