Summer Meadow Flowers and Bees and Vibrant Irises in WatercolourCourse Full
Tutor: Nicky Hunter Course Code: 3322-04


Spend two days painting vibrant loose and lively watercolours with expression chasing the light and aiming for transparent and lustrous colours. We will look at summer meadow flowers and bees and also vibrant irises.


Summer meadow flowers and bees 
On day one we will create a  watercolour painting of summer meadow flowers aiming to capture light and translucency.  You will learn how to accomplish white flowers with breezy effortless brushstrokes, and even include the bustling activity of bees, which are always an enchanting combination of flower and insect to paint especially in this lively expressive painting style. 

Vibrant irises
Day two will be spent capturing the vibrant character of ever popular radiant irises elegantly swaying in the breezy sunlight.  Use similar painting techniques to the previous day and continue learning more new methods, watercolour methods and tips including how to go bigger in scale, how to gain vibrant colours and keep the feeling of translucency and trap the feeling of sunlight in your painting.

Nicky will demonstrate the stages of a painting and watercolour techniques which you will then use yourself during the workshop to create your own painting in an impressionistic and contemporary watercolour style.  Nicky will give one to one guidance and support to help your painting skills progress and loosen up your style to achieve lively lucid paintings.  You can transfer the tips, tricks and knowledge Nicky offers to many subject matters in watercolour.


Please bring with you

Old Cloths or an Apron
Pencil & rubber
watercolour paper in Not or Rough surface minimum size 1/4 imperial but larger if you wish
Spare pieces of paper to test colours and do experiments
Watercolour paint, tubes are best but pans are OK– (any brand but try to avoid academy or student quality)
Watercolour brushes – various sizes (1 medium or large squirrel mop , a round medium and large are preferred and a detail brush)
Palate, kitchen roll and small spray bottle (if you have one)
water pots x 2
Spare pieces of paper to test colours and do experiments
­­­Inspiration and reference material such as photos, and fresh or silk flowers will be provided

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

The tutor will have some paper available for purchase.


This course is suitable for all levels, although some experience, even if just a little, is helpful as the tutor covers lots of technique but does not cover very basic knowledge during a general workshop.

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Nicky Hunter

Nicky Hunter


Nicky Hunter is a professional water colour artist and tutor specialising in painting florals but inspired by many other colourful and light filled subjects too. Nicky teaches regular watercolour workshops in Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, with a regular following of students who love to learn how to paint florals, birds and other beautiful things from nature.  Nicky also presents guest tutorials at other prestigious art schools and art groups around the country . Nicky teaches many styles, but the loose and lively watercolour style appeals the most to herself and her students. Her teaching style is enthusiastic and generous and you are sure to enjoy and develop your techniques working with her, whether you wish to build on some basic experience and refine your painting skills, or liberate them and become freer and more expressive with your water colour painting.

Nicky's love for painting in watercolour and her illustration skills have developed over 20 years designing printed patterns for textiles for the UK and international fashion and interiors market.

15th to 16th Aug 2022
Monday to Tuesday


9.15amStudents arrive (coffee available)
9.30amTeaching session
12.45-1.45Lunch for all
1.45-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.00amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
12.45-1.45Lunch for all
1.45-5pmLast teaching session

Great tutor, giving individual attention. (Summer School 2021)

I really enjoyed the course and all the tuition and demonstrations that Nicky did. I thought she was excellent and a very good teacher. And very patient!! (Summer School 2021)

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