Tricks for Trees and Woodlands in Watercolour
Tutor: Jessica RoseCourse Code: 4319-02


Avoid the pitfall of drawing trees that look like a row of lollipop sticks. Your tutor will show you how to draw trees accurately to build up a credible woodland composition. You will also be shown how to add colour, texture and tone to trees using tools ranging from plastic cards to your own knuckles! In addition, we will look at how to mix a wide variety of greens to keep your paintings fresh and interesting.


The course will include demonstrations by the tutor as well as lots of opportunities to work on your own paintings, with help and support. The tutor will supply photographs of trees and woodlands for you to paint from but please bring your own source material (sketches, photos of trees and wooded landscapes) if possible so you can work on a composition of your own. This course is suitable for all levels, whether you are completely new to watercolour or have been doing it for a while. There will be lots of opportunities to ask for extra help if you are a beginner or to learn more advanced skills if you are quite experienced.

Please bring with you

  • Pencils (2B) and rubber
  • A block of cold-pressed watercolour paper. The paper on blocks is gummed on all four sides so it doesn’t need to be stretched before painting. Please don’t bring a watercolour pad or loose sheets unless you want to also bring the materials needed to stretch your paper. Look for 'cold-pressed' or 'NOT' on the label (avoid hot-pressed paper (it can be very difficult to work with). Recommended brands for watercolour blocks are Canson Heritage or Arches. Bockingford also does a good, cheap watercolour block
  • Selection of watercolour brushes. Please bring a selection of round brushes (recommended sizes: 2,4,6,8,10&12), a rigger and a 1 inch flat brush
  • Set of watercolour paints. Please make sure your selection of colours includes ultramarine and burnt sienna. Cheaper brands, such as Cotman, are OK. If you want something better look for a brand which is labelled 'artist quality' rather than 'student quality'. Good quality watercolour in tubes is acceptable if you do not want to work with pans of watercolour
  • Tube of white gouache
  • Mixing palette (these are often included in watercolour boxes/sets) or cheap watercolour paper (you can use this as a disposable palette)
  • Large jam jar for water
  • Kitchen roll
  • Masking fluid and applicator (sometimes called a colour shaper - e.g. https:// filter_name=masking%20fluid%20applicator )


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Jessica Rose

Jessica RoseI am a London-based painter, printmaker and art teacher. I have exhibited with the Society of Women Artists, Chelsea Art Society and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. In 2018 I was chosen from 1,600 applicants to compete in the television competition Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year.
Facebook: /JessicaRoseArtist
Twitter&Instagram: @JessRoseArtist
26th to 27th Oct 2019
Saturday to Sunday


9.30amCoffee on arrival
9.45amWelcome and tutor introductions for all
10am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all - residents may check in
2-5.30pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
From 7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

"Very helpful tutor - I thoroughly recommend her." (October 2019)

"The tutor was very easy to understand, the demonstrations were clear and the techniques learnt very useful." (October 2019)