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!
In this lesson you will create depth and contrast in your landscape. You will use under-painting to establish your values and give your finished painting a sense of warmth and sunlight. You will also create the illusion of distance using aerial perspective and use sponging techniques to build up foliage.
In this lesson you will learn how to tackle a white subject, looking at the range of values (light to dark). You will discover how altering values can provide greater contrast and give your painting more depth and definition. To do this you will use a range of different brush techniques including dry brush, stippling and direct brushwork to create a range of textures. You will also work wet into wet to create the illusion of distance.
In this lesson you will learn how to create form by building up layers of colour using a range of values from light to dark. You will practise working work wet into wet to achieve softly blended colour and wet on dry to achieve the illusion of the macaron holes. You will also see how to add a touch of spatter at the end to give the finished painting a dynamic, lively appearence.
In this lesson you will create your own composition by selecting and arranging your choice of different elements. You will practise mixing & blending colour on the surface of the paper. You will also find out how to create a graphic background using the negative painting technique.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this lesson you will create a range of values (light to dark) using paint and develop an understanding of how to create matching tones using pencil shading. This will help you to really see and recreate painted values in your work ~ thus giving your paintings more depth and realism.
In this lesson you will work wet into wet to create the soft, muted foliage of distant trees and sponged, layered foliage to create the foreground trees and leaf litter, in this beautiful autumnal landscape.
In this lesson you will learn how Modigliani simplified and exaggerated shapes to create his unique painting style. You will learn how to layer colour to build up form by shaping the contours of the face. You will also learn how to layer paint to create texture.
In this lesson you will create 5 different watercolour keys using a range of techniques. You will use watercolour paint to create 3 of the keys using resist and salt to create texture. In another you will mix colour on the paper and in the third you will layer colour to build up hues and values. I will also show you two alternative watercolour methods using watercolour pencils and Graphitint pans.
In this lesson you will layer colour and develop a range of values (light and dark) to give the illusion of form (three dimensions). You will aslo create the illusion of distance using wet into wet and aerial perspective.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
In this lesson you will learn how to create form (an illusion of a 3 dimensional object) by layering a range of values. You will also learn how to use a range of techniques to recreate fur and hair.
In this lesson you will have a chance to play with watercolour and discover what it can do. There are a number of short exercises for you to practice including: Washes, mark-making, mixing colour and Special effects. Great for beginners!