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

Didcot Civic Hall

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.

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

Materials Required

There are two kinds of watercolour paint: tubes and tablet form or “pans”. It is personal preference really: tubes are much easier to work with when starting out although pans are more practical if you want to go outside and paint in the landscape as they come in a compact box and the lid doubles up as a palette.

Buy a middle grade range of paints such as Daler Rowney Georgian range or Winsor and Newton Cotman range. Sometimes it is cheaper to buy a ready-made starter set but if you are buying them individually then the following colours are recommended:

Cadmium yellow light

Cadmium red hue, (not cadmium red deep)

Ultra-marine blue

Permanent rose

Viridian green, or Phthalo Green

Burnt Sienna

Also useful: Phthalo Blue (or Windsor Blue Green shade), Yellow Ochre

You do not need black or white paint!

Paper: Weight 140lb /300gsm Texture rough.

Middle range such as Daler Rowney Langton rough

Brushes: There are three varieties: Nylon, Sable/synthetic blend, and pure Sable. Prices go up accordingly, A Daler Rowney Nylon is ok to start with, but Sable is lovely and lasts a lifetime, the blended brush is a good compromise.

Two brushes a big and a small one: A number 10 and a number 2.

An HB pencil and a soft rubber.

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