Painting Trees in Watercolour for Beginners

Tutor: Jason Skill

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 10 people.

Full Day

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Trees can be an tricky subject to tackle, especially if you’re relatively inexperienced.  Join Jason and get to grips with how to paint trees effectively with watercolour. Learn techniques that can push your art to the next level.

Trees are considered by many artists to be some of the more difficult natural forms to master – they can easily look stiff and awkward in your work. Once you’ve mastered some simple tricks and techniques that breathe life into the trunks, leaves and branches of your trees, you’ll feel much more at home with this subject in your paintings. Jason, has spent years perfecting how to draw and paint trees and knows the steps that beginners need to follow to make marked improvements to their painting approaches.

Click below to view the list of what you’ll ideally 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

Please wear clothes you don't mind getting messy. 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 and there are always items you can borrow. 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

Masking tape
Several sheets of kitchen roll
A kitchen cloth - the blue type you clean your work benches down with
Watercolour palette
Water pots

A wash brush
Large round approximately size 12 or 14
Flat chisel edged nylon brush also about half an inch wide.
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] surface140lb / 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 tree shapes.

It's unlikely you will need more than a basic set of colours - magenta red, ultramarine blue, lemon yellow, burnt umber on the day. However, if you want to know the colours that I will have in my palette, to demo on the day, they are as follows:

Cobalt Blue
Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Red
Ultramarine Blue
Cadmium Yellow
Quinacridone Majenta / Permanent Rose (If you have an Alizarin Crimson this will work fine)
Prussian Blue
Cerulean blue
Cobalt Turquoise Light
Raw Sienna
Raw Umber
Burnt Sienna
Viridian Green
Burnt Umber
Titanium white
Chinese white

Reference Material
If you have tree images that you would like to work from, then please feel free to bring them along.

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

– Peter

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