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Take our watercolour course in Brighton and be expressive and inventive with watercolour!

You will explore unconventional methods that will produce vibrant marks and create new approaches for your watercolour practise.

This watercolour course will be made up of small demonstrations, time to practise the techniques and time to apply some of the textures to a piece of work.

Suitable for complete beginners or those with some experience.


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COURSE TUTOR: Emily Jolley

DURATION: 5 weeks

DAY: Tuesday

TIME:  2 – 4.30pm


Spring: 14 January 2020 – 11 February 2020

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:

Provide the opportunity to experiment with different techniques such as using cling film, salt, collage, emulsion paint and different tools other than a brush. Throughout each session we hope to produce vibrant marks and textures that we can play with and use in our future paintings. There will be demonstrations on techniques and time to practise, question and reflect on the marks made.


Who this course is for?

Anyone – beginners or those with experience.

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

  • Make a variety of marks using different things other than a brush.
  • Have a greater understanding of how colours work together when layered
  • Create atmosphere and drama to your painting through the marks made
  • experiment and decide which techniques to use when starting a new painting
  • Increase knowledge of the medium and its versatile quality


What materials will I need for the course?

  • Watercolour paint in tubes or in a box
  • A selection of brushes
  • anything you have that might make a good texture (more information on this will be provided in the first session)


Roughly how much will they cost?

Around £20.


How will I know I am making progress?

The tutor talks to individuals during the session 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 at Friends Centre:


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

Watercolour for Beginners and Improvers – Wednesday 7-9pm

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


Alternative art courses at Friends Centre



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Tuesday 14 January 2020 - Tuesday 11 February 2020
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Sessions: 5

Full price: £80.00
Concession rate (if available): £37.50
Please note that concessions are not available online.
Click here for information on fees and concessions.

Ivory Place


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