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Atmospheric Skies in Watercolour with Catherine Beale

Course Details

Date

Friday 17th November 2023
Expired!

Time

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Course Description

Taken from her new book ‘Capturing light’, Catherine will explore how to create the illusion of the sun shining through dramatic weather on paper. Develop your wet-in-wet watercolour skills through the beautiful temporary features of billowing clouds, rainstorms, rainbows and ‘silver linings’. The day will be full of demonstrations designed to show the full range of techniques Catherine employs in her work.

During the morning you will look at how to adapt source photos and colour schemes to suit the subject and paintings mood. You will develop a plan to ‘lock’ light in, and practice  wet-in-wet techniques to ‘lay down’ delicate wreaths of paint and master tonal variation.

After lunch, students will look at brush handling techniques to deepen shaded areas, and unify through upper paint layers. You will add subtle ‘lifted off’ marks that glow and develop detail.

Catherine has painted professionally for nearly thirty years and has specialised in watercolours for the last fifteen. She is an award winning member of the Society of Women Artists and frequently demonstrates in London’s Mall Galleries. Her 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. Catherine enjoys painting watercolour portraits and landscapes to commission and exploring the landscape for exhibition and teaching trips.

Course Information

Ability level

Suitable for those with some experience of watercolours

Medium

Watercolour

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Source photo(s) of moody, weather -filled skies over a low landscape horizon to include any/all of the following: cumuli nimbus storm clouds, sunbeams, rain storms, rain bows.  Bring your own camera phone or iPad to borrow images from Catherine if required (It is often easier to paint enthusiastically from a scene that you know.)

  •  A3 sized watercolour paper
  • 2B pencil and eraser
  • Brushes to include a flat one inch watercolour brush plus a smaller, stubbier flat brush, and a fine brush or “rigger”
  • Water jar
  • Kitchen roll
  • Generous sized palette with large wells
  • Tubed watercolour paint. Suggested colours: Ultramarine Blue; Indigo: Sap Green; Raw Sienna; Burnt Umber; Turquoise; Violet/mauve; Alizarin crimson; Transparent yellow; Daniel Smith’s Moonglow (this colour will be available to use at the studio)

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.

Cost

£75.00

Date

Friday 17th November 2023
Expired!

Time

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Cost

£75.00

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