Painting Seascapes in Watercolour

Tutor: Jason Skill

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 9 people.

Full Day

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Artist and tutor, Jason Skill has developed a unique approach to seascape painting – dynamic and dramatic in feel. Join him for this day and he’ll guide you though the key techniques created using wet in wet, coupled with blotting off colour. You will learn how he achieves some of these highly realistic affects in a relatively short time frame. He will also reveal the shapes and forms that are the bedrock of many artists’ seascapes.

Click on the title below to find a list of what you’ll need to bring with you.

What to expect

Time 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 before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. 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.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day 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

The following list is to help you put together your kit for the day. Please do not feel this is a fixed list of materials that you must purchase. If you already have watercolour painting equipment then it's likely to be adequate for the day or can be borrowed.

Please use this to help you check off the equipment you will need to bring when packing for the day.

Drawing equipment

A soft graphite pencil eg2b
A pencil sharpener
An erasure


Blotting paper - Fords Gold Medal Blotting Paper - Demy 445mm x 570mm is the best variety. Its most easily found via the internet because it's no longer a standard item on art shops and stationers. You are looking for light weight paper light weight blotting paper of 140lb - you are not looking for thick desk blotter type paper.
Masking tape
A roll of kitchen roll
A kitchen cloth - the blue type you clean your work benches down with
Watercolour palette


A wash brush
Large round approximately size 12 or 14
Selection of smaller brushes you may have, including a size six if possible.


Watercolour paper cut or ripped down to approximately half imperial sheets size [ A2] or quarter of a full sheet [A3]this paper can be loose or in a pad. Please bring about 10 sheets of paper
Advise NOT [cold pressed] surface 140lb / 300gsm. This is the standard surface quality of student papers like Bockingford and Langton sold in pads.
Several sheets of cartridge paper or computer printing paper . These will be used to practise brush strokes and sketch out picture composition ideas.

Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine blue
Prussian Blue
Cerulean blue
Lemon Yellow
Cadmium yellow
Cadmium Red
Quinacridone Magenta / permanent rose.
If you have an Alizarin Crimson this will work fine.
Raw Sienna
Raw Umber
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber
Cobalt turquoise light
Viridian green
Titanium white
Chinese white

Reference material
Please bring a selection of images of rough seas.

“It was excellent, I’m just starting to paint and Jason answered all my questions and puzzles.”

– Peter

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