Introduction to Watercolours (Tuesday Evening)

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Discover the lively personality of watercolour. Through a series of exercises with expert tutor Leo Crane, each week, you’ll explore a different way to use this versatile medium, from luminous manuscript painting to precision illustration and spontaneous mark-making…

By the end of the course, you will have tried out a variety of techniques, creating a mini portfolio of sample pieces and a final project:

  • Learn from our world-class experts wherever, whenever: watch classes live or view the recording later in your own time.

  • Time to explore: 12 hours of live classroom sessions over six weeks.

  • Consolidate your learning: watch over 20 specially commissioned How To videos to support your course. Receive feedback from the class tutor on your work.

  • Deepen your understanding: weekly Spotlight Sessions with V&A Curators, art historians and practicing artists explore the background to the projects.

  • Learn at your own pace: lecture recordings and study materials are available for six weeks after the course ends, so you'll never miss a minute.

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Workshop Leader
Leo Crane

The course is led by Leo Crane, author of Contemporary Figures in Watercolour (Pavilion, 2021) and lead artist of the award-winning watercolour animation Nude Triumphant (Animate Projects 2020).

Both the practical demonstrations by Leo and presentations by speakers were highly inspirational and encouraged a sense of fun and experimentation Previous V&A Academy Online Student

Course overview

Week 1: Materials and techniques. Introduction to brushes, paper, paints and how to apply them

Week 2: From Opaque to Luminous. Overview of early manuscript painting; exploring opaque and transparent paints.

Week 3: Illustration and Enchantment. Washes and line inspired by Dulac, Rackham and British watercolour illustration.

Week 4: Expressive Figures. Painting from life, quick poses, gestural marks

Week 5: Inner Energy. Overview of East Asian ink wash painting; tree study in sumi-e style.

Week 6: Final project and individual feedback. Project brief and one-on-one tutorial time with a final group critiquep>

Please Note: There are two weekly tutorial slots available. Click ‘Book Now’ to book onto the Tuesday evening session. Alternatively, you can book onto the Tuesday afternoon session via the Online Courses page.

Materials are not included. You will receive a short list of readily available materials to purchase prior to the start of the course.


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Online course: Introduction to Watercolours (Tuesday Evening)

18 April 2023 - 23 May 2023


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