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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 Requirements

The course is structured in a flexible manner and can accommodate all skill levels, from absolute beginners to advanced students. It is aimed at anyone who is interested in learning about the beauty and various techniques of painting with watercolours. No previous knowledge/qualifications are required, but some drawing experience will be very useful. .

Course Content

By the end of the course, you will be able to: plan and create a watercolour in terms of composition and tone; apply different washes (plain, gradated, varied, wet-in-wet); use a broad tonal range in watercolour painting; and 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 and how this can then be translated into the set watercolour exercises and or your own ideas and work.

Teaching and Learning Methods

There will be specific 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. A selection of drawing / painting Resources is available for students on our online learning platform, Office 365. 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.


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. 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

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

This course is not eligible for Additional Learning Support (ALS), however teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs.??Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and also access support can be made available through our Disability Officer.? Digital learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.?

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for some course fees. You may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.

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