Cornish Harbour Street Scenes in Watercolour with John Hopkins

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Thursday 29th June 2023


10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Course Description

In this day-long course John will show how to depict a street scene using a quick and loose watercolour technique. He will talk a little about linear and aerial perspective and how to create a good composition. You will also explore perspective and how to prepare for a piece by doing a tonal sketch. You will also look at mixing colour pigments and their application.

Each student will receive one-to-one tuition during the day and those who paint at a faster speed can practice new brush techniques and exercises.

John studied illustration at Birmingham College of Art, and has enjoyed a career as a successful freelance artist, working in all mediums, but specialising in watercolour.  He prefers to work in a fast, loose, impressionistic style but always with an emphasis on good drawing skills.


Course Information

Ability level

All abilities welcome (some experience of watercolour is beneficial)



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  1. At least 4 sheets of good quality watercolour paper size A3. 200lb Rough
  2. A selection of good quality watercolours
  3. A slope to support a drawing board at a 25/30°
  4. A sketch/notebook A4/A3
  5. Tape to secure paper to board
  6. Watercolour brushes in a range of sizes and types including:
  •        A ‘mop’ or similar for large washes
  •       14 0r 16 round
  •       10 or 12 round



  • Easels
  • Drawing boards
  • 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.

John Hopkins

John is an associate member of the RBSA, a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society and exhibits at the highly regarded Harbour Gallery, Portscatho, which represents some of the best contemporary artists in the UK. He recently won two awards at the Patchings Festival Open TALP Competition.

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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.




Thursday 29th June 2023


10:00 am – 4:30 pm



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