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Absolutely no experience necessary, this introduction to watercolour landscape will start in the classroom learning about colour mixing, tone, how to introduce life into your work, layering your paint working from light to dark. The afternoon will be spent outdoors painting trees, water and structures. Linda’s teaching is not ‘step-by-step’ thus allowing her to tutor a group of mixed abilities; she will demonstrate a technique or subject and you will then have a go. Her painting techniques follow traditional rules which she believes you have to know before you break them! The morning will be spent painting indoors, including watercolours with and without drawing, looking at skies, trees, water, tone, perspective and creating movement with your brush marks. The afternoon will be spent outdoors painting the landscape including trees, water and structures, learning how to create layers and distance in your painting.

Tutor: Linda Matthews

Linda Matthews has worked as a full time artist and tutor for 18 years. She is inspired by everything around her, she enjoys sharing the essentials of painting in the studio so you can experience fully the freedom of painting from life - en plein air - out of doors. She works professionally in most media. Her philosophy for painting is ‘Wherever you look there is something to paint. You can never be bored with a pencil, a sketchbook and a paintbox’.

Example Timetable

09.30: Registration
10.00: Course Starts
12.30 Lunch
15.45: Evaluation and Taking your interest further
16.00: Course finishes

All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course. Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long.

What's Included

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Sensible clothing for the weather
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Lunch and Drinks (refreshments are provided)
  • Watercolour paints - for beginners I recommend Winsor & Newton Cotman range; Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Pthalo Turquoise, Cadmium Red Hue, Permanent Rose, Alizarin Crimson, Gamboge Hue, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber.
  • Brushes: Size 2 Quill Mop Squirrel or synthetic ¼ imperial 31*41cm
  • Watercolour block
  • Water bottle
  • Water pot
  • Mixing palette
  • 2B Pencil
  • Plastic rubber

A full material kit is available to purchase from Linda on arrival at £55.00, if ordered 14 days before course commences. If you have any questions re materials please contact directly [email protected]


  • A portable seat and easel if you wish to use one.

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