Watercolour Skills and Techniques

Course Description

Experience and explore the many beautiful and translucent qualities of watercolour painting. Watercolour has an amazing range of qualities and has much potential to explore for the beginner, or even for the experienced artist. You will learn techniques such as: wash, layering of colour and brush handling. Using the wonderful medium of watercolour, you will learn to create still live and landscapes and develop your own work, whilst challenging your perception of what watercolour can do.

Location: Camden

Course Content

By the end of the course you will be able to;
1. plan and create a watercolour in terms of composition and tone
2. apply different washes (plain, gradated, varied, wet-in-wet)
3. use a broad tonal range in watercolour painting
4. mix a wide range of colours from the three primary colours

Throughout the course, we will look at how artists use and have used watercolour: from Turner and Sargent, through to present day artists such as Elizabeth Blackadder and Christopher Le Brun.

You will also have an opportunity to work with guidance from still-life observation and your imagination. You will be shown methods and approaches through specifically set exercises that explore different aspects and qualities of watercolour painting.

You will learn a variety of different watercolours skills and techniques from the conventional to the unconventional and experimental, with the opportunity to develop your own ideas and work supported with expert group and 1-1 tuition. There will also be the opportunity to socialise with like-minded people with a chance to share ideas and discuss your work.

Teaching and Learning Methods

There will be technical exercises and demonstrations, which will allow you to proceed with the task of the day set by the teacher.
In the first session, the teacher will assess your skills and your personal goals for the course.
You will be working at your own level in your own time. There will be plenty of 1:1 feedback throughout the lessons, and you will be given verbal and written feedback on your progress. There will be a group review at the end of each lesson.
At the end of the course, the tutor will assess your progress and advise you on your next steps.
Resources used within each lesson are available for students on our online learning platform, iLearn.

Independent Learning

No work outside the sessions is required. However, the college has an exciting programme of events, exhibitions and competitions throughout the year. Your tutor will make you aware of these and your participation is welcomed and encouraged. While there is no formal homework; your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, or websites and books for you to use to enrich your study.

Examples of work can be seen here:


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will outline the learning objectives for the course. You will also be invited to set your own goals. You will receive feedback against the achievement of these outcomes during the course from your tutor, and in written form at the end of the course.

Qualification you will achieve

There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College provides all the basic materials and equipment you will need to complete the course. Your tutor will advise you where you can buy materials or equipment to extend your study, should you wish. The college also provides additional financial support through the Discretionary Learner Support Fund (DLSF); however the eligibility criteria applies. Please refer to the DLSF policy which can be found at the main reception.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk