Plein Air Watercolour Painting with Kevin Scully
This one-day course explores the art of painting from nature. Working with views around The Coach House, students will learn methods of capturing natural light, how to mix colours tonally and techniques for working beyond the studio.
The day will begin with a discussion of the things that must be taken into consideration when painting outside, including viewpoints, composition, simplification, light, and shadows. Kevin will then move on to showing the students a selection of his own watercolour paintings that have been created en plein air, and some images by other artists. There will be some discussion about what students are wanting to achieve from the course.
There will be a demonstration by Kevin of a scene that he has chosen to paint, and some suggestions will be made regarding other possibilities from viewpoints in the landscape around The Coach House. Everyone will be free to choose their own subject matter. Favourable weather will allow us to work outside for the whole day, but should that not be the case, please bring some of your own images that can be used as reference material for paintings. There will be several short demonstrations throughout the morning covering specific techniques to help you improve your plein air paintings.
After lunch, Kevin will begin the afternoon session with another demonstration. Everyone will receive plenty of individual attention throughout the course. At the end of the day, we will assess what has been learned and achieved.
Kevin trained at Wimbledon School of Art, and has worked for many years as a successful illustrator in advertising and publishing. He is an award-winning artist and qualified tutor, and experienced in teaching in all mediums. His tuition is relaxed and supportive, and he encourages students to progress at their own pace, whilst learning new skills, and of course to also have fun.
Kevin writes regular articles for The Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines, and is the author of several books on painting, including Still Life in Gouache, Drawing and Painting on Location, and Landscape Painting. He has been a winner of the Winsor & Newton Painting Prize, and The Clairefontaine Art Award. He teaches on workshops and painting holidays at home and abroad.
Paper: Watercolour Block or Pad 9″ x 12″, 12″ x 16″ or 16” x 20″. Or you may prefer to paint on loose sheets of paper. 300 g/m2 (140 lb) Not surface. Arches, Bockingford, or Saunders Waterford are all excellent makes.
Paints: Ideally artist quality watercolour tubes; otherwise pans of colour in a folding palette. Suggested colours:
- Cerulean Blue
- Cobalt Blue
- French Ultramarine
- Viridian Green or Phthalo Green
- Hookers Green
- Perylene Green
- Raw Sienna
- Burnt Sienna
- Raw Umber
- Burnt Umber
- Payne’s grey
- Cadmium Red
- Permanent Rose or Magenta
- Cadmium Yellow Light
- Winsor Violet or Dioxazine Purple
Brushes: A selection of watercolour brushes in sizes 3, 8, and 10 or 12, and a larger brush for washes. A flat ½” brush. It’s important that these brushes are of good quality and that they form a point when wet. Sables are expensive, so synthetic ones are a good substitute.
- HB pencil and sharpener
- Masking tape
- Tissues/Kitchen towel
- Large palette with several mixing wells, or a fold-up palette
- A small atomiser spray bottle to hold water, for re-wetting your painting
- Container for water
- Putty rubber
- Camera, or camera phone
- Lightweight bag for carrying materials
- You may wish to include a lightweight, folding, easel if you prefer to stand whilst painting (CSOA have these available to borrow)
- Clothing suitable for the weather conditions and suncream/ a hat if hot
- If the weather is likely to be poor, please bring some images that you would like to paint from
Provided by Cornwall School of Art if required
- Drawing boards
- Water jars
Kevin Scully teaches in acrylics, oils, watercolour, pastels and drawing at courses, workshops, and painting holidays in the UK and abroad. He writes regular articles for The Artist, and Artists & Illustrators magazines. He is the author of several books including ‘Still Life in Gouache’, ‘Drawing and Painting on Location’, and ‘Landscape Painting’.Find Out More
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.
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