Watercolour: Beginners (B09006CB21)


Aspire Sussex Ltd, Chichester


12:30 - 14:30


2 hours x 10 sessions

Jason Powers

03456 01 01 61

Cost breakdown

Tuition fee£130.00
Total cost£130.00


Concessions available if you are: 65 or over or on a means tested benefit (evidence required)

What is the course about?

In the instance of a Government imposed lockdown if this course cannot be moved to online it will be paused until it is able to begin again. No refunds will be made due to a Government imposed lockdown.

The aim of the course is to introduce and develop some techniques of painting in watercolours that will help to build your confidence in this medium. This course will cover a wide range of watercolour techniques, including flat, overlaid, graded and blended washes. You will also be shown simple ways to gain confidence in colour mixing and some exciting texture techniques. As a guide, by the end of the course you will have produced samples of watercolour techniques, colour mixing charts and several finished pieces of work.
Your tutor will help you set personal goals for you to aim for and provide regular feedback on how you are doing. All lessons will have learning aims which the tutor will share with you and they will track how you are progressing throughout the course and keep you informed.
This is a practical course with lots of opportunities for getting hands-on experience using a wide variety of techniques and media.

What previous experience, knowledge or qualifications do I need for this course?

This course is for beginners, those who have been using watercolours for less than 2 years and those who wish to revive skills learnt long ago. You will be encouraged to improve your drawing ability alongside learning about watercolours.

What do I need to bring with me?

Suggested materials you will need for the course: A4 cartridge pad, 2H, HB and 2B pencils, an eraser and sharpener. A3 pad of Cold Pressed watercolour paper Tubes of watercolour paints: Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Red, Permanent Alizarin, Cerulean Blue and French Ultramarine, or the nearest equivalent to these 6 colours. I recommend the following set of watercolour brushes as being very good value for money: Curtisward Mastertouch Aquamarine Round Artists Watercolour 8 Brush Set. Circular white plastic palette with 10 wells, 2 water pots, kitchen paper, some cling film.

Are there any additional costs?

Some additional items will be required during the course. Your tutor will discuss these with you.

What can I do next?

This course will roll over into the continuation course next term. After 2 years on this course you should discuss with the tutor moving forward onto the improvers course. You can also enrol on other painting and drawing courses with Aspire; start to practice on your own or with friends; submit work for national or local exhibition; join a local art society.

Alternatively, you might also like to progress to other Aspire Sussex courses developed to improve your skills for everyday life, employment, health and wellbeing or to explore a personal interest, see below.
Learning for Life: Develop your skills to support greater independence, including digital skills and skills to support family learning. Courses available include; Money Management, Computers for Beginners, Personal Development, Microsoft packages and Volunteering Skills.
Learning for Work: Develop your skills for the workplace, including to improve the chance of getting a job or to progress at work. Courses available include; Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills English and Maths, Digital Skills qualifications, Back to Work and GCSE English and Maths.
Learning for Health & Wellbeing: Develop your skills to support personal wellbeing including confidence and independence through healthy body and mind and improved nutrition. Courses available include; Yoga, Mindfulness, Cooking/Nutrition and Art for Wellbeing.
Learning for Personal Interest: Develop skills to support your quality of life, gain cultural enrichment, creative stimulation and personal fulfilment. Courses available include; Textiles, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Drawing and Painting, Pottery, Photography, History, Archaeology.

Course Location

Aspire Sussex Ltd
Chichester High School Campus
Kingsham Road
West Sussex
PO19 8AL