Watercolour & Drawing
If weather permits, we will take the opportunity to paint outside, please be prepared with equipment.
A wide variety of subject matter and inspiration is deployed within this stimulating course which is intellectually invigorating and challenging. Watercolour and it’s affiliated water based media are used to experiment with a variety of techniques. Charcoal, graphite pencil, caran d’ache and pastel are also used. Emphasis is given to understanding how different papers respond to a wide variety of approaches with paint. Proper studio practice and correctness is encouraged. Drawing is the underpinning discipline. Encouragement is also given to develop sketch books. Work is produced from a wide variety of sources and stimulus, these may be taken from the study of artists and illustrators both past and present, from an extensive range of subject matter, natural history, architectural, figurative, abstract and landscapes.
A ‘mini talk’ is delivered at the beginning of each artist study. This gives the student a little more insight and background into the thinking behind each approach and glimpse of the artist’s life. We visit many outside venues during clement weather and have included privately arranged, exclusive visits to local, award winning gardens, the wildlife of the canal, wild orchid meadows, woods, Coombe Hill ,College Lake and Tring Natural History Museum.
During a regular 11 week term, five week study is given for each topic, the exception being when we may have a model for a day or are able to visit a given venue, also for a day. We have invited a few costume models and have based these and their costume on and around a given theme or artist.
The teaching can be pitched toward the beginner or more accomplished student, however this is not a beginner’s course and many of the students are quite able with their existing and developing ability. If a beginner attends they usually aspire to become more accomplished more swiftly when they are working amidst more experienced students.