Join expert Cherry Lyons as she explains the art of watercolour wizardry. A creative experience for those who want to experiment, explore and push the boundaries of watercolour.  Many modern watercolours are not just wishy-washy, fugitive paints – they can be positively dynamic. 

Using a variety of water media including watercolours, inks and mediums, you will be able to expand your existing painting skills and discover how to create expressive interpretations of the natural world.  

Read more

We plan to:

  • Capture the essence of a moment rather than photographic or realistic interpretation.
  • Weather permitting, we will sketch outdoors to gather ideas for painting.
  • Allow the paint to ‘do its own thing’ – and watch it working its magic.
  • Be brave and open to spontaneity and imagination.
  • Try out the magic of a range of fascinating media and create exciting textures and colour combinations.
  • Build contrasts for dynamic results.
  • Mix up the media and explore the capability of a variety of materials with freedom of expression.

About the tutor

I am an experimental and mixed-media artist and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of creating new artwork in my garden studio. You can see here website here:

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.

  • Gilded Sands C Lyons
  • slapton classroom with artwork
  • moorland mists C Lyons

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.

What's Included

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

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

Before You Attend

What to Bring

This is a ‘suggested’ list

  • A sketchbook - Suggested format:  A4, A5 or square with hard cover with paper that can take a watercolour wash
  • A few pieces of good quality watercolour paper of a size you like to use – at least 300 gsm
  • A basic range of watercolours – Ideally tube paint if you have any.  If not, bring what you have.  Suggested colours:  Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, French Ultramarine, Lemon Yellow, Permanent Rose, Quinacridone Gold or similar.  I will have some to use
  • Watercolour Inks - just one or two if you have any e.g black, brown
  • Brushes: Minimum: A good all-rounder – e.g No 6 plus a wash brush e.g Hake or Mop and rigger
  • Masking tape
  • Drawing material: Pencils – 2B (can be water-soluble)
  • A palette for mixing paint in
  • Container for water (cut down plastic milk cartons are useful for this)
  • A board that will fit your choice of paper
  • A small sketching paint set (only if you already have one)
  • Any photos/sketches you might like to use for reference in case it rains e.g. sea or moorland views
  • An apron
  • Raincoat and strong shoes suitable to walk in

Bring along anything you already have. As well as paper, paints, brushes, palettes etc, kitchen roll is essential! I bring a limited amount of basic equipment that may suffice to fill gaps. Please bring along some or your previous work (in any medium). There is no obligation to show it to anyone else if you choose not to, but seeing it really helps me to help you to get the most from the course.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Mon 22, July 2024 17:00 - Fri 26, July 2024 15:00

    Slapton Ley
    South West
    £375 - £525
    Cherry Lyons

    Sorry this course is out of stock