Watercolour Landscapes

Course code: QCRT106P

Subject area: Art & Design

Study level: Part Time

Course level: E

Course details

3:30pm - 5:30pm


25th Apr 2022 - 11th Jul 2022

District Community Centre

Contact details


01235 555 585

During your course we will explore all basic techniques for applying watercolour, from wet into wet, layered washes, dry brushing, glazing, and wax resist.

We will look at colour mixing and “palette craft”, look at ways of creating space and depth in a landscape and simple compositional ideas such as placing of focal points and rule of thirds.

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.

In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2 ½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date.

Please note there are no sessions on 02/05/2022 and 30/05/2022

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

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.
Learners to provide own materials, which might cost up to £20.
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

Total Cost: £121.00

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £72.60
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £72.60

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