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Watercolour - Beginners

Course code: QCRU101P

Subject area: Art & Design

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

15:30 - 17:30

Days of week:


Course date:

13th Jan 2025 - 24th Mar 2025

Course location:

District Community Centre

Contact details


01235 555 585

This course will cover all basic techniques for applying watercolour, from wet into wet, layered washes, dry brushing, glazing, and wax resist.
In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information 2 weeks prior to the start date.
This course is for those ready to explore and further develop their own personal style and painting signature.

During the course you will cover:

All basic techniques for applying watercolour- from wet into wet, layered washes, dry brushing, glazing, and wax resist.

Colour mixing and “palette craft”,

Develop observational skills through still life painting

Advance watercolour skills and apply these techniques to become freer and more expressive through landscape painting.

There will be 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.Colours: • 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 Eraser Your tutor will advise you of further art materials that you will need as the course progresses.

Please note there will be no session on 17/02/25.

There is Free parking at this venue<

What next?
Watercolour Beginners C or explore another painting media such as oils or acrylics.
Entry criteria
For learners with little or no formal training in watercolour.

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 2024 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: £192.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £192.00

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £96.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £96.00

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, there is no formal qualification. To track your progress and achievement you will be required to complete a short document.