Learn how to use watercolour to paint a harbour scene with artist David Webb in this live webinar. Learn to look at a scene with an artist’s eye and choose which elements are important and which can be left out.
David will show you how to create vibrant paintings with a limited palette, how to work from light to dark by building up your painting in loose transparent washes. The webinar will include demonstrations of several techniques including painting wet-on-dry, wet-into-wet and mixing your colours on the paper surface.
Learn how to compose your picture, using sketches and tonal studies, before beginning your painting. With watercolour, it pays to have a plan and these preparations help to achieve a successful outcome.
You can watch this recording on demand, as many times as you like until it expires on 20th December
How does an online session work?
Once you have booked, we will send you a link to the webinar recording and a private password for access. You can watch this on a PC, laptop or tablet and if you have chromecast or miracast you could even cast to your SmartTV from your phone.
The recording is valid for one month after the live broadcast. You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world.
What will I learn?
How to compose your painting
The importance of tonal values
Joining shapes of similar tone
Colour mixing in watercolour
Painting with a limited palette
How to build up clean, transparent washes
Painting techniques, such as: wet-on-dry, wet-into-wet and dry brush
Judging the correct ratio of paint to water
The importance of hard and soft edges
Who is this course for?
This webinar will provide an insight into David’s working methods and will be suitable for beginners and improvers alike, as he explains each step along the way. He is a great believer in demonstrating the techniques he has learned over many years and also pointing out some of the common mistakes that can be avoided.
Watercolour is my medium of choice. I love its fluid nature and the way it can be pushed around and mixed on the paper to create transparent washes. To maintain that transparency, I endeavour to complete my paintings in no more than three washes, building up the layers from light to dark, whether I’m painting animals, boats, landscapes, flowers or still life.
What to Bring
If you would like to join in live you will need 2b-4b pencils for sketching, watercolour paints, brushes, mixing palette with 5 or 6 large wells and heavy watercolour paper.
Suggested colours: Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow, Indian Yellow, Raw Sienna and Sepia or Black for monochrome sketches
You will need access to the internet and ideally a PC, laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are not really suitable to watch a webinar on, unless you can cast to your Smart TV, as the presenter will be hard to see when they share their screen with you .
Do I need a webcam/any equipment.
For our webinar sessions which are broadcast on the internet no webcam or microphone is needed as you just need to be able to see/hear hosts and you can communicate using the chat function. You can watch using a PC, Smart TV or tablet. A phone isn’t ideal as you will struggle to see enough unless you can miracast to a screen or smart TV.
For the longer online courses on Zoom you will need a laptop or tablet with audio and camera enabled so you can have a screen near where you are working. If you have a PC without camera or speakers, you can purchase a plug and play webcam for approx £25 which connects to a usb port. You will also need reasonable broadband connection and speed.
I have registered for the webinar but I cant find my joining link
The link will be emailed to you at least 30 minutes before the session. Please check your junk mail and if you can’t find the email please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will resend it. You can use a PC or tablet or even cast from your phone to watch on your Smart TV.
I paid for the session but missed it, can you send me the video?
Currently all our online sessions are recorded and the video recording will automatically be sent to all who booked on the session. You will have at least a week from the date of the session to watch it or up to a month for some of our longer courses and webinars.
How can I get help in choosing a course?
Our friendly expert staff are always happy to discuss your needs and our courses in more detail to help you with your decision. Please call us on 01736 797180
How do I get my work home?
Tutors have special techniques for transporting oil paintings and the school has plastic folders available in our shop for £3.50 or do bring a portfolio.
For international students we are happy to arrange transportation of your work back home.
What do I need to bring?
Absolutely nothing! All materials and aprons are provided although some people do like to bring their own set of brushes.
What do I do for lunch?
Courses allow an hour’s break for lunch and there are numerous places nearby or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch into the studio.
What times do courses run?
Most of our courses start at 10am and end at 4.30pm on the first day. Subsequent days we start at 9.30am ending at 4pm.
Weekend Courses run 10am – 4pm on the first day but the final day starts at 9.30 and ends at 3.30 with a short lunch break to enable people to get home that evening.
Do you have to be experienced to come to the School?
The School is a very friendly and welcoming place for all ages and experience. Our drop-in life classes and August half-day workshops are ideal for those wanting to have a go for the first time. Most of our longer courses are also fine for novices.
If any of the courses do need a bit of experience we flag this up in the brochure and on the website.
Booking a Course
Can I pay by cheque?
Please get in touch by phone and we can hold your place for a few days whilst you post your cheque (made payable to: St Ives School of Painting) to us at St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios. St Ives TR26 1NG
How can I reserve a place?
We will hold a provisional reservation for 24 hours if you give us a call whilst you find accommodation. Otherwise please book online or by telephone 01736 797180.
You can reserve a place with a £100 deposit; balance is due 12 weeks before course start date.
About St Ives
Where do I park?
The nearest long stay public car parks are the Island and Barnoon both 5 minute walk away. In the peak summer months it may be easier to park at the big top car park by the leisure centre and walk down into town. If you don’t fancy the walk up the hill at the end of the day there is a shuttle bus which runs from outside the cinema.
How do I get there?
Public Transport: If you are coming from further afield the main train line runs into St Erth which is a 15 min taxi ride away or you can take the St Ives Bay Line which runs approx. every 30 minutes. The School is a 10 minute walk from St Ives station.
Driving: M5 will take you to Exeter where we recommend that you take the A30 across Bodmin Moor and into Cornwall. After passing Hayle, leave the A30 at St Erth roundabout for St Ives. Turn right at the second roundabout. This road will take you through Lelant and Carbis Bay into St Ives.
Where can I stay?
St Ives has a huge selection of hotels, guest houses and self catering accommodation to choose from. Please browse the art holidays St Ives section on our website and give us a call if you would like any help.
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