Course overview

This course will help you understand watercolour techniques through the lens of illustrative examples in art history. It will help you understand classical techniques in a subtle way, by relating them to examples created by various masters of watercolour, such as William Turner or Paul Cezanne, who will inspire personal artworks of great subtlety and sensitivity. If you would like to have a fresh view of watercolour painting, and learn how to achieve expressivity by carefully combining techniques such as glazing, graded wash or blending, this course will offer you an introduction to this style of painting. It will also encourage you to create your own original artwork based on the techniques learned.

Course description

The course will go through an in-depth presentation of various watercolour techniques, such as glazing, blending, drybrush or graded wash, by connecting each to different artworks that clearly illustrate them. Students will learn to read different artworks by examining the various steps and techniques that were involved in creating them- this will offer them an enriched appreciation of the paintings, and a more thorough understanding of their visual elements. At the same time, the course aims to empower the students to create personal, original artworks inspired by the paintings. It will especially focus on teaching ways of appreciating the luminosity and transparency of pure watercolour washes and the way they can lead to beautiful atmospheric effects in the paintings and to sophisticated colour compositions. Some of the artists studied include Albrecht Dürer, William Turner, Paul Cezanne, Emil Nolde, Paul Klee, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mark Rhotko, Louise Bourgeois, Chris Ofili, David Hockney and Marlene Dumas. Thus, the course explores and tries to create connections between masterworks in various styles from art history and examples in contemporary art. It will also examine different ideas that various art styles and movements were based on, and the way they influenced the watercolour techniques that were preferred or the type of experimentation with the medium that they led to.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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