Skills for Summer Watercolour Sketchers

Tutor: Jason Skill

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 9 people.

Full Day

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Was £95

Some artists revel in making delightful sketch books that capture memories of travels or holidays with just a few strokes of the pencil, pen and brush. If you have handy sketchbook you’d like the inspiration and skills to fill this summer, this could be for you…

This workshop is great for budding sketchers who want to try their hand at sketching, first learning some useful methods in the studio, before they venture out and about. Jason has taught several sketching holidays in Italy, so has firsthand experience of which drawing and painting methods work best in the field and will help you break down a scene into a memorable sketch.

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 you will be able to borrow from our supplies.

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

A small hard backed sketch book, ideally, small enough to go in a large jacket pocket .
The paper needs to be is reasonably smooth and strong. In very low cost pads the paper is sometimes very soft to the touch – feels a bit like toilet paper. Avoid this type of paper, as it can be unpleasant to draw on and watercolour soaks too quickly into the paper surface.
10 sheets of computer printing paper A4

Drawing equipment
Propelling pencil – foe example a Pentel 0.9 – this is a fine pencil with an eraser at one end. Plus replacement 0.9 leads.
If you do not like propelling pencils, then just buy a 2b and 4b, standard graphite pencil, plus a pencil sharpener and eraser.
1 non-permanent fine liner – Edding 150s – This type of pen will be soluble and consequently fun to blend with a brush and water.
I permanent fine line

Painting Kit
A brush pen. Derwent and Pentel make these. This is a nylon brush with a refillable reservoir tube that you fill with water. The brush has a cap to reduce leakage. This type of brush means you do not have to carry a water bottle and water pot.
Portable watercolour pan set. If possible, this should be small enough to hold in your hand or come with a thumb-ring so that you can balance it on your thumb and forefinger.

Reference material
Some reference material will be provided to enable you complete the exercises set by the tutor, but please bring some of your own inspirational images to help you create a finished sketch that you are proud of.

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

– Peter

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