This course is for people of all abilities when it comes to watercolour. There will be step-by-step demonstrations throughout as well as particular focus on colour-mixing (from a limited few) in relation to matching the colours of nature. There will be a mixture of outdoor and studio work.  

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We will look for outside reference, ideas and inspiration within the grounds to create our own artwork working outdoors if possible, as well as developing ideas in the studio. My aim is to try and capture something of the mood and atmosphere of the place and the moment as simply and directly as possible.

I recommend that students work in sketchbooks/workbooks (cartridge and watercolour paper) to build up a visual diary that can then be used for further reference and experimentation.

About the Tutor

Jeremy Ford

Jeremy Ford is a versatile artist who works in all paint media. With over forty years of teaching experience he is well qualified to help you to learn and enjoy painting in a friendly, informal atmosphere. He is a former president of the SAA and was Senior Tutor and demonstrator at the Michael Wilcox School of Colour, having contributed to many of their publications. Jeremy is a popular author and demonstrator who regularly tutors painting holidays in the U.K. and abroad. He regularly demonstrates for the SAA at popular art events.  

Explore our range of watercolour courses hosted by our engaging tutors and learn from their expertise and skills. Our art courses are a chance to meet like-minded people and a chance to unwind from everyday life. They are a great opportunity to experience the UK’s glorious countryside surrounding our field centres.

Example Timetable

Resident participants are requested to arrive for registration by 17.00 on arrival day.

The course will begin after supper on arrival day.

Breakfast, for resident participants, will be from 8:00am.

On the final day please vacate your room by 9:00am, storage is provided for your luggage

Non-residents can arrive 10/15 mins before course start time.

There will be an introductory talk at 17.00. Supper is usually at 18:30. A non-resident booking also includes dinner during your course as teaching does progress into the evening.

The course will end on Friday at 15.00. On the final day please vacate your room by 9:00am, storage is provided for your luggage

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Picnic Lunch

Full board accommodation and picnic lunch are for resident bookings only.

Before You Attend

What to Bring

I don't insist that people use the same colours as me so please bring the colours you are familiar with. If you are considering buying artists quality colours then I recommend the following tubes or pans:

  • Ultramarine, (sometimes called French Ultramarine) 
Phthalocyanine Blue (sometimes abbreviated to Phthalo Blue. N.B. Winsor & Newton call it Winsor Blue Green Shade, or Intense Blue. Daler-Rowney call it Phthalo Blue (Green Shade) Prussian Blueis similar but duller and will do if necessary)
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cadmium Red Light or Cadmium Red Pale, or Vermillion.
  • Cadmium Red, which is slightly darker will do.
  • Permanent Rose, (Quinacridone Violet is the same, as is Quinacridone Rose) Alizarin Crimson will do but like Rose Madder and Carmine it is darker and duller.
  • Cadmium Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light, or Cadmium Yellow Pale.
  • Lemon Yellow (but NOT Lemon Yellow Nickel Titanate) or Hansa Yellow Light, or Winsor Yellow, or Winsor Lemon.
  • Burnt Sienna.
  • Burnt Umber or Sepia, Quinacridone Gold and/or Raw Sienna and/or Yellow Ochre (Not essential but useful).
  • Phthalocyanine Green (sometimes abbreviated to Phthalo Green. Winsor & Newton call it Winsor Green Blue Shade. Viridian or Emerald Green will do.
  • Permanent White gouache might be handy but isn't essential.
  • A B and/or 2B pencil, an eraser, water containers, plastic water bottle.
  • Watercolour sketchbook.
  • Cartridge sketchbook; whatever size you like working. I work mostly on A3, A4 and slightly smaller.
  • Bulldog clips
  • Elastic bands or Masking tape to hold corners down.
If you prefer to work on prepared stretched paper with gum-strip and a board be prepared, otherwise stick to sketchbooks which is my preference for outdoor work.
  • An assortment of brushes, I suggest 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, bigger if required.
  • Perhaps a small rigger or linerwriter. (I have brushes and paper for sale if necessary).
  • An easel and a portable lightweight chair are useful if working outdoors, although some people are happy working on their knee without the use of an easel.


Opportunities to attend this course

This course is not currently available to book. Dates will follow soon.

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