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Our watercolour course in Brighton will get you started with watercolours!


A course for absolute beginners covering wash techniques, using a variety of brushes and developing compositions. There will be demonstrations and references to other watercolour artists in a relaxed and productive atmosphere.


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COURSE TUTOR: Emily Jolley

DURATION: 5 weeks

DAY: Tuesday

TIME: 2pm – 4.30pm


Autumn: 24 September 2019 – 22 October 2019

WHERE: Ivory Place

COURSE FEE: £80 Full Fee / £50 Concessions / £15 Better Living Through Learning


Please note that concessions are not available online.

Please see further information on fees and concessions online or in our brochure.






This course aims to: 

  • Demonstrate to learners how to use the three basic washes of watercolour: Applying washes to large or small areas or layering them on top of each other.
  • We will look at different brushes: how to use them and when you may need more than one brush.
  • Experiment with different ways to create texture.
  • Use a limited colour palette so to understand how colours work with each other, how to mix different colours and also how to layer these.


Who this course is for?

Complete beginners


What will I be able to do by the end of this course?

  • Apply 3 kinds of washes confidently
  • Make a variety of marks with the brushes you have.
  • Use limited colours to make a painting
  • Understand and demonstrate adding a number of textures to a piece of work.


What materials will I need for the course?

  • Tubes or a box of watercolour paints, these should include or have a variety of reds, blues & yellows:

Cobalt blue, Ultramarine blue, Lemon yellow, yellow ochre, vermilion (orange), Rose, burnt sienna

  • Brushes size 8 or 10 round
  • A mop brush


Roughly how much will they cost?

Around £20.


How will I know I am making progress?

The tutor talks to individuals every week and looks at everyone’s work. There will be times when the group looks at all the work done as a whole.


Is there any extra study outside the class?

It is advisable to practise at home and look at other artists’ works but it is understood that not all are able to do this.


Who is the course tutor?

Emily Jolley studied Fine Art at Newcastle Upon Tyne and since then has exhibited and sold work in the UK and Europe and currently makes her own work in the phoenix studio, Brighton. Emily started teaching watercolour 15 years ago and enjoys the accessibility and diversity of the medium. Watercolour can be challenging but also very rewarding, when you can record scenes and atmospheres around you. There are always new techniques to learn and different colour combinations to use that keeps the medium fresh and exciting.


What next?

Continuation onto further watercolour courses.

Watercolour for Beginners and Improvers – Wednesday 7-9pm

Watercolour for Intermediates – Wednesday 10am-12pm

Alternative art courses at Friends Centre




Tuesday 24 September 2019 - Tuesday 22 October 2019
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Sessions: 5

Full price: £80.00
Concession rate (if available): £50.00
Please note that concessions are not available online.
Click here for information on fees and concessions.

Ivory Place


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