Improving watercolour techniques for beginners

Course code: QCRT104P

Subject area: Art & Design

Study level: Part Time

Course level: E

Course details

3:30pm - 5:30pm


17th Jan 2022 - 4th Apr 2022

District Community Centre

Contact details

01235 555 585

This course will cover the very basics of watercolour techniques and application - Exploring techniques such as wet into wet, layered washes, dry brushing, glazing, and wax resist. We will look at colour mixing and “palette craft”, develop observational skills through still life painting and more free and expressive painting through landscape.

Materials Required - Do not buy any materials until your course is confirmed as running.

Buy a middle range brand of paints such as Winsor and Newton’s Cotman range or Daler Rowney’s Georgian range. Watch out for cheap paints as they do not mix well together and can fade. There are two kinds of watercolour paint: pans and tubes. Solid pans or half pans are the traditional tablet like solid paints that come in boxes, they are very useful for painting outside in the landscape as it is all together in a neat box with the lid doubling up as a palette. They require far more discipline to use and are therefore harder for the novice. Tubes are much easier, so, tubes indoors is probably the best option

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.

Brushes - There are sable brushes at the top end which are very nice to use, last a lifetime and expensive too. There are nylon brushes at the cheap end which do not hold so much water and go furry after a while. Then there are synthetic Sable blends which are priced somewhere in between and are very good. A big one and a small one. So, a number ten round and a number two round. For smaller A4 or A3 sized paintings should be OK (If you work big then a large hake is useful for big blocking in large areas)

Paper - I would recommend a pad of Langton Rough: weight 140lb or 300gsm, no lighter or it will not take the paint well. There are three basic textures: Hot-Press smooth, for fine detail like anatomical painting, Not, which is a general all purpose medium texture and Rough, often favoured by landscape painters as it is good for expressive painting and atmosphere.

Palette - I prefer a white plate, but a simple plastic watercolour palette is OK

A pot for water; jam jar or similar

Please note there will be no teaching session 24/02/2022

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

Improvers watercolour or possibly explore another medium such as oil paint
No previous experience is necessary

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 2021 prior to starting the course.
The specialist consumable fee set at £0.50 per hour allows for a small amount of basic materials to be provided for you to try or experiment with, as part of the planned study whilst in the classroom.
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.

16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £121.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Materials: £12.50

Total Cost: £133.50

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £72.60
Exam Fee: £0.00
Materials: £12.50

Total Cost: £85.10

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.
As this is a not accredited informal methods of assessment will be used.

For example:



Question & answer/reading

Practical exercises

1:1 tutor support