Watercolour and other Mediums: Experimentation with Julia Roach

Five week Creative Course


28 February, 7,14,21, 28 March 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?
Each week participants will gain a clear understanding of a new medium that can be incorporated with watercolour. Develop looser compositions, work stylistically and become confident with array experimental approaches and create a series of mix media paintings, seasonal topics, as well looking at array artists who are renown for using these contemporary techniques.

What will students leave the class with?
Each week participants will create practice pieces, short studies and one longer   painting incorporating the newly gained approach and previous weeks learning. You will develop shaped compositions and paintings on a larger scale.

Week 1: Drawing with graphite incorporating watercolour paint; theme: Awakening  / Bulbs / Shoots

Week 2: Theme Snowdrops / Daffodils/ Crocus. Using additional mediums rubbing alcohol, Inks and watercolour early working from secondary imagery, small sized studies series and one final study

Week 3: Watercolour Studies incorporating stencils. theme: Outside / skies– look at other artists approaches, use wax resist and stencils to create beautiful backdrops to wildlife studies (working from photographs unless weather well).

Week 4: Theme: Spring using dipping pens and fine liners washes creating beautiful textures with line and wash. First some instruction and a series quick exercises; then focus on one long painting study – pencil drawing followed by watercolour washes and glazes - then focus the drawn and painted line.

Week 5: Using previous weeks learnt techniques mediums, participants will create a multitude of delicate layers – using a variety of surfaces from tissue/ corn starch /wool to create  a hedgerow inspired by the time of year and locality.
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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