The Autumn term is a wonderful time to learn about watercolours; the warm colours of autumn leaves and the rich variety of harvested fruits make interesting subjects for this light filled media.

  • Tutor, Sarah Chalmers
  • October 11th and 12th, 18th and 19th
  • 10.00am -4.00pm,
  • £320/course
  • In the Studio at Bransbury

What to expect on this course

This is a beginners course introducing you to painting with this light filled medium. On this 4 day course of water colour painting, you will explore translucence and transparency. You will be playing with colour to create form, rhythm, the value of tone, harmony and discord, and…surprise. Sarah will show you many techniques; like tools in a box you will discover ways to create light and atmosphere.

Over the time of the course you will be taking inspiration from artists, such as Cezanne, Paul Klee, Elizabeth Blackadder, Edward Hopper and others. Most importantly you will be trusting and training our own eyes to interpret what is in front of you, by making notes like music, of beauty.


If you are doing this class as part of AN INQUISITIVE PERSON’S INTRODUCTION TO ART the materials will be included. Otherwise, you don’t need millions of colours, just a basic range of warms and cools, including:

  • Cobalt blue
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Phthalo blue
  • veridian green
  • sap green
  • Sepia
  • Paynes grey
  • Burnt Sienna                
  • Yellow ochre                
  • Alizarin crimson           
  • Cadmium red               
  • Cadmium orange       
  • Cadmium Yellow         
  • Lemon yellow 

Most paint boxes will contain these.

A good selection of watercolour brushes, flat and round for different mark making,

Good quality water colour paper, and scraps of w/c paper for testing – we are going to do a lot of mixing.

There will be optional Homework.

To find out more about Sarah Chalmers