Explore watercolour painting and how water-based materials can be used in flexible and creative ways to create intriguing contemporary images.
After some initial demonstrations and experiments with water-based materials in the studios, we will visit the urban areas surrounding the School, to make observational studies and gather visual information. Students will be shown various ways of working with watercolour, gouaches and inks. There will be an emphasis on experimenting with materials, exploring their possibilities and trying out unconventional painting tools. How to work with resists and Gum Arabic will be demonstrated, and we will focus on colour and texture, bringing expressive marks, light, shade and tone into our work. Over the course of the week, students will develop a set of small, resolved pieces developed from their studies of the city and gain confidence combining and handling a range of water-based materials.