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Five sessions* will run on Tuesday evenings from 18:30 to 20:30 on the following dates in 2023:


18th & 25th April

2nd, 9th & 16th May


This spring, local artist Laura Sanderson of Shreen Water Gallery comes to Gutchpool Farm to deliver 10 hours of watercolour tuition. Held over five two-hour evening sessions, this course is aimed at beginners or those looking to refresh their skills.


Course content includes:

  • Demonstration and discussion of well-known artists’ work, both historical and contemporary
  • Paper types and stretching on board
  • Skills including: mark making; colour theory and mixing with examples of dilution; concentrated colour; hard and soft edges; an introduction to working wet-into-wet; and using sketches to develop compositions
  • Using tone to develop contrast, light and shade, and to describe form
  • Speed painting to develop observation, mixing and responsiveness
  • Plein air sketching (weather permitting), use of photos and painting; highlighting aspects of the land here at the farm


Please note, we ask participants to bring with them the following equipment for the course:

  • 4B pencil
  • Pale grey water soluble pencil
  • Masking tape
  • Cotman water colours: Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue, Ultra Marine Blue, Burnt Umber (a 12 x 8ml tube collection on Amazon costs £16.00)
  • Preferable but not essential: use of a camera (e.g. smart phone) and a printer


Boards, paper, three basic brushes and all other materials will be provided for you.


*All five sessions are included in the course price.

Watercolour evening course: 'In Response to the Land'

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