Approaches to Landscapes in Watercolour – 2 day series

Tutor: Colin Swinton

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 8 people.

Two Days
(or more)

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Join botanical and landscape watercolour painter Colin Swinton and explore different approaches to painting landscapes in watercolour. You will build your skills and knowledge over two non-consecutive days with time to practice in between.

Day 1: Key Techniques with Watercolour – Wed 20 Sep
Day 2: Using Brush, Stick, or Dip pen and ink plus Watercolours – Wed 4 Oct

Colin is a master of the watercolour medium. He will introduce techniques in the first session that you can go home and practice and consolidate before returning for the second session. In the second session he will focus on the incorporation and versatility of using a brush, stick or a traditional dip-pen and ink. You will learn how to apply these in landscape, and then different ways to combine with watercolour wash.

Over the two days the aim will be to paint a couple of landscapes on each of the two days. Subjects will involve skies, mountains, lakes, and a coastal scene and will include a view of Venice and a landscape using Brush, Stick, or Dip Pen & Ink with watercolour washes.
Colin will guide you through the following elements:-

– Granulation
– Counter-change
– Graded washes
– Tonal values
– Painting Wet into Wet, Wet on Dry, and Wet against Wet

The two day format gives you the time to take on board what you will learn and seriously strengthen your skills.

Days with Colin are packed with new skills and ideas, whether you are an experienced watercolour painter or a novice you can expect to be both guided and challenged!

If you’d like to be inspired by some of the great masters of the techniques covered on this course, look at the works of the following:

Rowland Hilder – Tonal values, Wet on dry Skies, Use of Black, Limited palette, Dragged brush
John Sell Cotman – Flat washes
W. Heaton Cooper – Flat and Graded washes
Charles R McIntosh – Simple washes, some wet in wet
Edward Wesson Tonal values, simple washes
Trevor Chamberlain – Variegated simple washes
Joseph Zbucvic – Simplified variegated layers
John Blockley – Variegated washes, wet into wet, wet on dry

What to expect

Days at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits on day one. Begin your session at the appointed time and there will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Each day lunch will be around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch each day. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop and providing we have notice, we are happy to cater for any dietary needs.

Finish time is given as a target – there is some flexibility depending on how your work is progressing. Depending on the tutor and the group, start times follow on days can be flexible too.

We aim for your time with us to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

Please bring the following:

Your usual watercolour paints and gear. Artists Quality paint recommended
A tube of Permanent White Gouache, such as Winsor and Newton’s.
Watercolour paint brushes to include sizes 8 or 9, a 6, a rigger and a small mop brush if you have one
A traditional DIP PEN if you have one - some are available to borrow from Colin but please let us know
A bottle of waterproof Ink , Black or Brown
Watercolour paper - Not surface
If you wish to have a go on Tinted Paper Colin will have some to buy or bring your own if you have it. At least 150 gms or more in weight.
Phone or I-pad to record photographs if possible
A4 sketch pad and pencils HB and 3B
A note book

Suggested watercolour paint colours as follows. Some may be available to borrow....

Cadmium Lemon, New Gamboge, Raw Sienna.
French Ultramarine, Cobalt, Winsor Blue Green Shade.
Winsor Red, Quinacridone Magenta, Permanent Rose.
Burnt Sienna, Winsor Green Blue Shade.
Tube of Winsor and Newton, Permanent White Gouache
You may add coloured crayons and if you wish

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