Most Recent Lessons

On this page you are able to browse through the most recent painting lessons and discover what's available through membership. If you're not a member and would like to join the online watercolour school click 'subscribe' to find out more about the different pricing plan options or if you would like to join the physical classes complete the contact form and I will get in touch with you!

Oxford

In this lesson you will create a mixed media painting using collage and water-based ink alongside watercolour paint. You will find out how to apply different papers and how to use them effectively to create an interesting and unique piece.

Glass

In this lesson you will learn how to layer thin washes of colour to create the illusion of a glass object. You will use masking fluid to reserve the bright whites and learn how to identify the different values to create a three dimensional form.

Winter Ice Skates

In this lesson you have the opprtunity to create an illustration perfect for a Christmas card or gift. You will have the opportunity to adapt the colours and different elements to create your own style. You will add colour onto dry and soften the edges to develop values.

Heron

In this lesson you will create a simplified painting of a heron using a range of techniques. You will use masking fluid as a resist, along with wet into wet to create soft plummage and wet on dry to add fine details and texture.

Poppy Seed Heads

In this lesson you will learn how to create a loose interpretation of poppy seed heads. You will learn how to mix colour on the paper, and how to create texture using both backruns and dry brush. You will also develop your mark-making skills, using pen onto wet and dry, plus how to create movement using spattering.

Floral Abstract

In this lesson you will learn how to glaze one colour over another to produce new colours. How to paint positive shapes using blended or flat colour and how to use negative space to define shapes.

Rocks & Sea

In this lesson you will use a range of resist techniques to create texture including cling film, salt and wax. You will also create backruns to create clouds in the sky and dry brush to add texture to the water.

Matisse

In this lesson you will discover how Matisse used complementary colours and contrasting values to create a vibrant composition. Learn how to create the illusion of texture and add a painterly quality to your watercolours.

Ightham Mote

In this lesson you will paint the beautiful National Trust manor house, Ightham Mote. You will learn how to use the wet onto dry technique to build up values and details without blending colour on the paper.

Cezanne

In this lesson you will learn how Cezanne used colour to create perspective. You will also discover how he used layered brush marks to create a range of values and shapes within the landscape. This will certainly make you think about how you apply every brush stroke!

Shells

In this lesson you will learn how to create form (the illusion of three dimensions). You will also practice mixing realistic colour and learn how to add a range of values (light & dark) along with detail to create a realistic shell.

Landscape Skies

In this lesson you will learn how to paint three different types of sky to us within a landscape painting. You will use lifting out to create clouds in a summer sky. You will create a stormy sky mixing colour on the paper, layering, lifting and backruns. You will also create a sunset sky by blending colour washes.

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