Watercolours and Other Media with Julia Roach

Five Week Creative Course

Photograph by Cat Lane


1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 November 2021


We are booking up to 12 people on this course, on the understanding that from 21 June all social distancing measures will be relaxed. If this is not the case, we will ask the last 6 people who joined to transfer onto the next available course. 

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.

Gift vouchers available

Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.

Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+
All skill levels welcome.

What will be covered in the class?
Join artist Julia Roach for this inspiring 5-week course to hone newly gained skills and approaches in watercolour techniques such as dry brush, washes, wet on wet and much more. Through the course, students will receive one to one guidance as well as group instruction.

By the end of the course students will be creating their own compositions incorporating all the skills gained through previous weeks.

Week 1.Introduction and tools of the trade: A series of exercises to familiarise you with paint medium and its translucency including flat and titled washes dry brush and wet techniques. Leading on to longer tonal paint studies based on autumnal forms incorporating these techniques

Week 2. Topic autumnal forms from the vegetable patch using only primary colours Red, Yellow and Blue to create other colours by colour mixing in the palettes and through translucent layer directly on the paper. Learn about creating depth of colour, titled washes, wax resist and creating textures .

Week 3.Explore the expressive technique of John Singer Sargent, a limited palette and gouache: create some tester pieces prior to a longer painting study which will incorporate gouache and working at a tilt. Paint from life

Week 4.Using the skills and techniques gained in the previous week’s session create a painting , bring objects and organic forms from home to personalize this intimate still life composition. Suggestion and definition explored.

Week 5. Theme: Winter is coming: Composition: Stencils and Exploring shapes and forms enlarging and creating refined forms. Tutor will show other artists who are bold in their compositions moving towards semi abstract. Lots of sampling and painting studies and introduction to Gum Arabic – opportunity to revisit masking fluid, sea salt, corn-starch and other surprising mediums to create additional effects textures in watercolour painting create lots of samples and one full watercolour study.

What will I need to bring?
Materials are included.

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.

Sign up to our Mailing List for the latest news on Creative Courses, Free Workshops and getting involved in our artist projects.

Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Milton Keynes
MK14 5DZ

+44 (0)1908 608108

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Free entry

Stay connected with us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

︎ ︎ ︎

Milton Keynes Arts Centre is a Registered Charity no.1007409  Privacy Statement