Though better known for his oils, JMW Turner used watercolour extensively in his work. As a painting medium watercolour was ideally suited to capturing the beauty and drama of the English countryside, including local views of the River Ure from Hackfall Woods.
Now you can explore some of the methods of the great master in this enlightening workshop with artists and tutor, Jason Skill. Turner’s painting techniques will surprise and delight you, because they are unconventional, flying in the face of modern watercolour approaches, while achieve stunning results. So why not step back in time and use watercolour tricks that are over 100 years old, but will feel as revolutionary now as the day they were invented.
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 if needed.
Please use this to help you check off the equipment you will need to bring when packing for the day.
A soft graphite pencil e.g. 2b
A pencil sharpener
An old fashioned steel nib dip pen
Several sheets of kitchen roll
A couple of kitchen cloths - the blue type you clean your work benches down with
A bottle of gum Arabic
Palette knife with short blade of an inch or less
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.
A stippling brush
Any old battered brushes
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.
Quinacridone Magenta / permanent rose.
If you have an Alizarin Crimson this will work fine.
Cobalt turquoise light
If you have a book of Turners watercolours then I would consider bringing it to the class. This can act as both painting reference material and a way of spotting the ideas shown within his artworks.
Jason will be working from images that can be downloaded for free from his website www.jasonskill.studio.com They can be found in the library section under classes. To access these images you will have to join the site [ This is free and only takes a few moments]. Jason will bring to the class a selection of the images that can be found in this section of the site for those who do not have access to a computer or have been unable to print off images at home.
If you already have images that you would like to work from, then please bring them to the class.