David Webb

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.

Demonstration plays a big part in my teaching. As it is quick to work with, I often find that the easiest way to show a watercolour technique is to actually do it in front of my students.

The mistakes and problems commonly associated with watercolour are all things that I’ve had to overcome, and so it is quite satisfying to be able help a student to overcome their frustration and enable them to enjoy the medium.

What our students say

[David] was very good at explaining and demonstrating. He had a gentle way of providing support and direction.

Jackie Ould

David was absolutely brilliant – the techniques were so easy to follow – I just need to practice practice practice!

Claire Thorburn

 I loved the session, it was brilliant! Thank you for an inspiring and easy to follow process 

Gwynne P

Thanks for the session with David Webb. I painted along and really enjoyed the washes.

Nikki B

The school is very atmospheric and the staff were delightful, highly recommend courses at the School. It’s a fantastic way to relax and learn new skills.” 


I have attended classes in watercolour painting before and not many of them were as instructive as this one. The teacher was very friendly, he made sure we made progress, and he was full of little hints and ideas on how to improve each individual painting. We spent delightful mornings sketching St Ives and then moved to the studio to turn the sketches into watercolour paintings. The studio was spacious, brightly lit by daylight, and fitted with everything we needed. We were supplied with all the materials and were allowed to keep the sketchbook. Friendly staff members cared for coffee and tea and requests of material. Our small group was very delightful and thanks to our teacher all our individual levels of skills and knowledge were merged into one instructive and yet easy and friendly weekend.

Dagmar L

I really enjoyed the session, David is a great tutor as well as watercolourist.

Dianne Van Staeyen

Courses with David Webb

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Coves, Rocks + Cliffs in Watercolour

David Webb

Online Pre-recorded - Watercolour - Landscape

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Course ID: a004J00000DDM6A
Active Instance: a024J00000Bdy9NQAR, 31-Jan-2025

Learn how to use watercolour to depict coves, rocks and cliffs with artist David Webb in this webinar recording. Learn to look at a scene with an artist’s eye and choose which elements are important and which can be left out.


£27 Book

Seascape Impressions in Watercolour

David Webb

Art Courses - Watercolour - Landscape

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Course ID: a004J00000BqRvx
Active Instance: a024J00000DzNQBQA3, 22-Jul-2024

Explore unique techniques of watercolour and how it can be used to portray the atmosphere of sea, sky and coast in an impressionistic style.


22 - 25 Jul - 4 days - £495 Book

St Ives in Watercolour

David Webb

Art Courses - Watercolour - Landscape

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Course ID: a004J00000Fzyk8
Active Instance: a024J00000DzNUJQA3, 16-Sep-2024

Join artist David Webb for this exploration through the streets and thoroughfares of St Ives. Working in watercolour, learn how to capture the character of this unique location. 


16 - 18 Sep - 3 days - £395 Book