Intermediate Watercolour Painting with Julia Roach (Part 1)

Five week Creative Course


9, 16, 23 May 2022
6, 13 June 2022

Half Term: 30 May – 5 June 2022 (no teaching)


Gift vouchers available

Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.
Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+ 
Have a good understanding of watercolour painting and drawing (For example have completed a previous course).

What will be covered in the class?
This course is structured to ensure participants enhance their established painting skills. All will create individual painting’s and explore ideas with guidance of an experienced watercolour tutor. You will have opportunity to incorporate medias such as gold leaf and collage as well investigate contemporary watercolour artists that are known for using these approaches.

Week 1: Create tonal watercolours, exploring suggestion and definition opportunity to work on a bigger scale.

Week 2: Theme British Wildlife with opportunity incorporating gold leaf into your watercolour painting as well as look at to look at contemporary watercolourists who use this illustrative approach.

 Week 3: A picture within a picture (e.g. inside looking outside) using Gum Arabic with watercolour. The focus of this session is compositional development.

Week 4: Outside – an opportunity to develop a watercolour painting interlinking with the previous week’s theme with a nod to Eric Ravillous palette amongst others and mark making.

Week 5: Opportunity to create a painting celebrating nature. A variety of approaches/mediums will be demonstrated and we will also take ook at trio of female water colourists who are known for their interpretation of Nature.

What will students leave the class with?
Preliminary drawings in a variety of mediums, paint exercises and test pieces as well watercolour painting(s).
What will I need to bring?
Please note as an intermediate course material are not included. You will need to bring:
  • Watercolour paints
  • Watercolour brushes
  • A household paint brush
  • Palette
  • Water container
  • Watercolour pad A3 (preferable) or A4 (minimum 300gsm weight)
  • Pencil (soft e.g. 2–4b)
  • Putty rubber
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Drawing pad

Art Studio: The art studio is situated at the top of a flight of stairs. Tools are all light and accessible. Work benches are not currently height adjustable.

Julia Roach is an established visual artist and facilitator whose practice is primarily focused on experimenting with mixed media, graphite and inks. Julia’s work often features collected and found objects. Drawing is intrinsic part of her creative process and my approach is predominantly figurative incorporating colour and exploring a variety of mark making approaches. Julia holds a BA in Painting from Canterbury College of Art and an MFA from Newcastle University.

Booking Terms and Conditions
Completing your booking with Milton Keynes Arts Centre signifies your agreement to the below terms of Refunds and Cancellation. All profits support our annual programme of exhibitions, events and charitable outreach projects.

Bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Any workshops that you are unable to attend cannot be refunded and cannot be reallocated.

Courses may be rescheduled/cancelled by Milton Keynes Arts Centre if the minimum number of required students is not met. Notification of a possible reschedule/cancellation will be sent to students three-working days before the first workshop of the term, in this instance only will refunds be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
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