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This advanced watercolour course in Brighton will explore the medium of watercolour further.

This watercolour course will guide you through different and sometimes unconventional ways of applying watercolour washes, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. On the course, we will also look at drawing, to improve and build on understanding of perspective and tones in your watercolour paintings.

By the end of the course you will be able to pursue your own projects and use the techniques demonstrated in your own work.

New learners are welcome each term and current learners are encouraged to return to develop their skills further.

This course is suitable for those with experience of using watercolours.


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COURSE TUTOR: Emily Jolley

DURATION: 10 weeks

DAY: Wednesday

TIME:  10am-12pm


Autumn: 25 September 2019 – 4 December 2019 (half term 30 October 2019)

WHERE: Ivory Place

COURSE FEE: £125 Full Fee / £75 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:

During the course we will cover a variety of subjects such as still life and landscapes.  Within this we will look at specific elements such as space, composition, layering colour, textures and adding mixed media such as pastels and collage. In conjunction with the subjects we will use techniques and colour studies that other artist have used successfully, like Turner, John Blockley and many others, understanding how they manipulated the material to create beautiful atmospheric paintings.


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

Watercolour: Out and About in Brighton – Wednesday 10am-12pm

Watercolour: Experimental Techniques – Tuesday 2-4pm

Watercolour: Painting the Evening Sky – Wednesday 7-9pm


Alternative art courses at Friends Centre



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Wednesday 25 September 2019 - Wednesday 4 December 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sessions: 10

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

Ivory Place


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