Getting Started - an introduction to watercolour painting
Tutor: Jessica RoseCourse Code: 1021-04


This absorbing two day workshop will give you the skills to master watercolour, a form of painting that can produce effects unmatched by any other medium. You will learn to mix luminous colours, create cascading washes and understand how to use the many exciting types of brushes available. This course will give you the confidence to handle this hypnotic, addictive medium and produce paintings with transparency and glow!


Your tutor will guide you through how to mix a wide range of colours. You’ll also learn a range of techniques with washes, including flat wash, graded wash, variegated wash, wet into wet, wet on dry and glazing. In addition you’ll be shown some tricks for fixing watercolour problems, such as avoiding hard lines, repairing unwanted cauliflowers and lifting out problematic sections. You’ll learn how to paint distance, using colour and tone to create aerial perspective. We will tackle a wide range of subject matter, including skies, water, trees and still life. 

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” 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 watercolours in tubes are 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



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
13th to 14th Mar 2021
Saturday to Sunday


9.45amStudents arrive
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)

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