Watercolour and other Mediums: Experimentation with Julia Roach

Five week Creative Course


17, 24, 31 January, 7,14 February 2022


Gift vouchers available

We are booking up to 12 people on this course however this is subject to change based on government guidelines concerning Covid 19.

We are committed to working with our artists and communities in continuing to provide opportunities for creativity during these challenging times. Together, we have been working throughout lockdown in reconfiguring our courses to ensure the safety of all concerned without compromising on quality. Find out more about our new safety measures.

Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.
Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+ 
Those with a good understanding of paint techniques

What will be covered in the class?
Join artist Julia Roach for this inspiring 5-week course which gives you the opportunity to use a variety of mediums and approaches with watercolour. Each week you will explore a specific technique such as incorporating textures, marks, and interesting edges; alternatively working with chalk/collage and stencils.  

This course is an opportunity to experiment and develop a looser approach to watercolour painting. Through the course, students will receive one to one guidance as well as group instruction.

What will students leave the class with?
Each week participants will create test pieces, an array of short studies and one final paint study incorporating the newly gained approach and previous weeks learning

During the final two weeks participants will have the opportunity work on a larger scale.

Week 1: Watercolour and chalk. Theme: Foliage & Winter Flowers: introducing a variety of subtle textures into your painting studies

Week 2: Inks and watercolour (plus kitchen cupboard staples such as sea salt) Theme: Frosty greenery and cobwebs working from secondary imagery, small sized studies series and one final study

Week 3: Watercolour Studies incorporating stencils. Theme: Garden Wildlife Birds and look at other artists approaches, use wax resist and stencils to create beautiful, layered backdrops to wildlife studies

Week 4: Collage, inks, and watercolour. Theme: Garden Wildlife creatures on a larger scale continued: line and washes and textures A3 size study

Week 5: Incorporate all previous mediums, as well gouache, oil pastels, and real foliage create a February landscape 2 studies should be created in the final session.
What will I need to bring?
Materials are included in the cost of your course. Please bring along your own watercolour brushes, palettes and water containers to use.

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.

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 refunds will be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.

In acknowledgement of these exceptional times, Milton Keynes Arts Centre has amended its refund policy on a temporary basis. Students are now entitled for refunds in the following circumstances:

  1. If you are unable to attend a class as you are showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  2. If you are unable to attend a class as someone you live with is showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  3. If Milton Keynes Arts Centre cancels or postpones classes.

Refunds shall be made on the basis of every class students have missed.

In all other instances outside of these circumstances, bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
As a registered charity, it can sometimes be necessary to share photos and videos of our community outreach in printed matter, social media, press releases and funding applications. By taking part in this event you grant Milton Keynes Arts Centre full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming to help achieve our charitable aims.

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