Painting in Watercolour with Stella Mariash

Course overview

You will explore a range of watercolour techniques such as creative ways of mark-making, various brush techniques, creating textures and developing effective colour combinations whilst considering different compositions and viewpoints.

This is a mixed-ability course, so the tutor will be adaptable to respond to all your needs as a learner. This is because we believe that it enhances your experience and understanding of the course content. The class atmosphere is relaxed, but focussed on your own work.

This course is mostly suitable for those who know basic watercolour techniques, and those who have some previous experience of working with this exciting and versatile medium, but all abilities are welcome!

This course includes ten sessions of weekly, practical workshops exploring the creative development of watercolour painting.
Topics covered include:

  • Investigate composition to plan and develop imagery
  • Explore the work of a variety of watercolour artists related to different subjects.
  • How to develop a creative approach to watercolour painting
  • How to achieve effective and exciting backgrounds
  • Explore the boundaries of picture composition
  • Develop an understanding of creating atmosphere, structure and form
  • Explore colour balance and effective colour combinations

Teaching methods include:

  • tutor demonstrations
  • one-to-one tutor support
  • peer support and discussion

You will need to bring watercolour paints, watercolour paper to work on, brushes and drawing materials if you have some. Wear old clothing or bring an apron or old shirt.
The tutor will advise on additional materials as required.
Some watercolour painting experience would be useful but not essential.

Any further materials needed will be discussed with the tutor.

Upon completion of this course, you can progress your artistic talents by joining one of our intermediate courses. Your tutor will be happy to discuss your options with you at the appropriate time.

Our tutor Jill is a professional artist who has also been teaching art to adults for 20 years. She believes that she is very lucky to do both of these things and loves to see her learners progress and surprise themselves with what they can achieve.

Jill has exhibited widely in both commercial and publicly funded galleries and in 2019 one of her pieces was purchased by the Heritage Fund for a museum collection. She achieved an MA in Drawing at the University of the Art London in 2009 and is an elected member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art. In 2020 she took part in Sky Portrait Artist of the Year. Jill works in watercolour, oils and graphite pencil depending on the effect that she wants to achieve.

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