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Our outdoor watercolour course in Brighton will develop your confidence in creating artwork in the great outdoors.


In the first week of this watercolour course we will work in the classroom, looking at the varied ways of sketching to record scenes on paper and in sketchbooks.  We will also consider perspective, ways of applying colour and discuss different equipment that you may need when painting watercolour outdoors.


Weather permitting, most of the watercolour course will be delivered outside.  We will visit a range of locations which are all within reach on public transport including different gardens, the South Downs and the seafront.


Suitable for those with some experience of using watercolours.


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COURSE TUTOR: Emily Jolley

DURATION: 10 weeks

DAY: Wednesday

TIME:  10am – 12pm


Summer: 22 April 2020 – 1 July 2020 (half term 27 May)

WHERE: Ivory Place

COURSE FEE: £125 Full Fee / £75 Concessions



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:

Over the 5 sessions we will be visiting Brighton parks, the Pavilion and the seafront in Brighton and Rottingdean.  We will sketch and paint in sketchbooks and on paper.  Learn how to create tones in your work and consider different compositions.  Come and enjoy the process of painting outdoors in this friendly group.


For the first session we will meet at the art room at Friends Centre, Ivory Place and then discuss the destinations for future sessions.


Who this course is for?

Those with some experience of painting and drawing.


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

  • Discuss and change one’s ideas of composition
  • Have a greater understanding of how colours work together when layered
  • Create more atmosphere to one’s painting through colour and tone
  • Have more confidence in deciding how to make corrections and when one’s finished
  • Through drawing, improve one’s observational skills and understanding of tone.


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 during the sessions 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





Wednesday 22 April 2020 - Wednesday 1 July 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sessions: 5

Full price: £125
Concession rate (if available): £75
Please note that concessions are not available online.
Click here for information on fees and concessions.

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