Atmospheric Landscapes in Watercolour for beginners with Catherine Beale

Course Details


Wednesday 01st March 2023


10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Course Description

Create a misty valley scene as we explore the more subtle characteristics of watercolour – painting loosely, dropping in paint and embracing watermarks.

Catherine will discuss the pros and cons of this restful subject before exploring composition and how to approach a rough plan. Stepped demonstrations of her “gravity painting” techniques will follow, as you discover together how to develop a loose body of colour with expressive watermarks. Catherine will then look at ways to tighten and adjust your images with one-to-one tuition covering lifting-off colour, adding detail and emphasising focal points. The day ends with ways to review our paintings and take-home tips.

Your friendly tutor Catherine Beale is an award-winning painter from Bath where her portraits have hung in The Holburne Portrait Prize, as well as in London with the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. She is an Associate of The Society of Women Artists with whom she regularly exhibits. She enjoys explaining her techniques to groups, in articles in The Artist Magazine and as a registered SAA tutor. Her landscapes and portraits are regularly chosen for the Bath Society of Artists annual exhibition.

Course Information

Ability level

All abilities welcome (suited to complete beginners)



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Tubed watercolour paint (eg Winsor & Newton Cotman range) in your preferred colours. Catherine finds the following to be a useful range:

o Ultramarine Blue
o Sap Green
o Raw Sienna
o Burnt Umber
o Turquoise
o Violet/mauve
o Lemon yellow
o Alizarin Crimson
o Indigo

• A3 sized watercolour artboard (excellent at taking lots of water without buckling)

• Two flat watercolour brushes: 1 inch and a smaller, stubbier watercolour brush eg from the Pro Arte Prolene range.One Stroke Flat Brush Series 106

• A fine watercolour brush or “rigger”

• Kitchen roll

• Generous sized palette with large wells

• 2B pencil and eraser

• 2″ high rest to prop your drawing board up (eg tin/case/ramekin etc)

Provided by Cornwall School of Art if required

  • Easels
  • Drawing boards
  • Water jars
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Clips


All art materials are available to purchase in the Truro Arts shop, 26 River Street Truro TR1 2SJ, and you will receive a 10% discount on all supplies for the course.


Catherine Beale

Catherine’s new watercolour landscape book ‘Capturing Light’ is published by Search Press and reached the top ten in Amazon’s bestseller list. It explores her particular range of watercolour techniques as part of their ‘Innovative Artist Series’ which will be explored in a range of articles in 2024 in The Artist Magazine.

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Our courses usually begin at 10am and end at 4:30pm, with a half an hour lunch break at around 1pm. There will also be brief morning and afternoon breaks, with free tea and coffee available in the kitchen area. At Lunch time you can make things nice and easy by pre-ordering a freshly prepared Coach House Lunch. Alternatively, you’re very welcome to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you like.

On sunny days students and tutors are invited to enjoy breaktimes outside in the leafy courtyard or gardens surrounded by birdsong.




Wednesday 01st March 2023


10:00 am – 4:30 pm



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