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Autumn 2017 contemporary watercolour 6 week course

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Bardsey Village Hall

Bardsey Village Hall is situated in beautiful countryside alongside the A58 road a few miles south west of the market town of Wetherby. The hall has recently been refurbished and is spacious, warm, well lit and has plenty of free parking. The hall is easy to get to being a short distance from junction 45 on the A1(M).

A closer look at nature and landscape

6 week art course using watercolour, gouache and acrylic inks (optional) and water soluble pastel

This exciting contemporary watercolour mixed media art course gives artists the opportunity to take a closer look at nature and the landscape and create eye catching colourful, bold semi abstract and expressionistic paintings with strong compositions with each and every subject over this six week course.

By first selecting a section of what you are looking at - be that the 'big landscape' or a section of a field full of wild flowers for example, the course 

will help improves and more experienced artists alike to gain confidence in their painting approach by adopting a more experimental style.

Using lots of layering techniques with brighter colours using different water media often in the same painting, simple subjects taken on a new and exciting bolder statement with real impact. 

Each 2.5hr class usually start with a 20/30 minute demonstration of a painting subject to help you get started followed by one to one and group tuition throughout each lesson.

Class number restricted to approximately 20 students or so to ensure maximum tuition per student

An exciting 6 week art course awaits!


Autumn 2017 dates

October 10, 24, 
November  7, 14, 21, 28

Tuesday mornings 10am -12.30pm (Light refreshments included). 
Price: £95pp for the full course


Subjects covered (2 weeks per subject for real concentrated focus):

Nature's Patterns 
October 10 and 24

Compact growth of wild flowers in a field or meadow for example, offer a great opportunity to express the colour, texture and pattern in nature to create a more abstract composition. Loose, splashy multiple layers for this two week subject using a variety of water media - very exciting!

Abstract Reflections
November 7 and 14

A close up of a reflective bend in the river helping students tackle moving water and shimmering reflections by adopting a more abstract approach with both drawn and painted marks combined.
We will focus on multiple layering wet in wet and glazing techniques together with masking techniques to create a painting with real depth with lost and found edges.

Hillside trees
November 21 and 28
Get to grip with greens! By taking a section of the landscape containing lots of tree shapes grouped close together we focus on different colour mixing of both 'cooler' and 'hotter' green colours to create a more convincing painting with a semi abstract approach. The emphasis will be on textures, dry brush techniques, multiple layering and expression. Big brushes essential for this one so...why not work BIG for a change. A great free expressive subject to end the course!


Bardsey Village Hall is situated in the centre of the lovely village of Bardsey just a short distance alongside the A58 road a few miles south west of the market town of Wetherby. Bardsey is easily reached from junction 45 from the A1(M) being only 10 minutes away after your turn off following the A659 and turning left along the A58

With great facilities at the hall and the easy (free) on site parking, the hall is a popular with all art students being warm with good lighting and new improved and modern facilities. 

Bardsey Village Hall, Woodacre Lane, Leeds LS17 9DG


What will be provided:

  • Tea and coffee and light refreshments throughout each lesson
  • Regular demonstrations to get you started for each class
  • Regular group and one to one tuition throughout each lesson

What you will need to bring:

  • Any water soluble inks (to include acrylic inks)
  • Derwent 'Inktense' water soluble pastels (or similar brand such as Caran d'Ache) - various colours of your choice
  • Gouache/watercolour tube paints (your own favourite colours)
  • Permanent White Gouache (ESSENTIAL!)
  • Big brushes such as 'SAA Big Whopper' size 30 round, Pro Arte 'one stroke' brushes such as 2 inch flats and so on to include Swordliner (large)
  • 300gsm (140lb) 'not' watercolour paper (Canson Moulin du Roy highly recommended) block, pad or loose sheet
  • Acrylic inks (your own favourite colours) - OPTIONAL
  • Your own chosen painting subjects from your own photographs or sketches (if in doubt, search the internet)
  • Masking tape or bulldog clips to attach your paper and reference to your own drawing board
  • Your own drawing board - a size you want to work to
  • Mixing pallets - any brand or use a various old small WHITE ceramic plates
  • Water pots
  • Kitchen roll
  • Note book
  • Masking fluid
  • An old hog brush or tooth brush (to be used for spatter techniques for example)

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