Romantic bridges in Line & Wash with Catherine Beale

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Thursday 02nd March 2023


10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Course Description

A day spent experimenting with the perfect illustrative partners of ink line and cascading watercolour. Be inspired by romantic images of bridges over water as Catherine guides you through creating an expressive “scaffold” line drawing in permanent pen, before laying down flowing colour on top.

The course begins with a chat around elements that make a great subject, moving on to questions of composition. Demos and one-to-one tuition will teach you how to approach line, its advantages and potential challenges.

A demonstration of layering a loose body of colour on top to create a scene will be followed up by one-to-one tuition of principles of “gravity painted” watercolour. The afternoon will also include tuition on lifting-off colour, adding detail and dialing up focal point(s).

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

Some previous watercolour experience is required.



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

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Sap Green
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Turquoise eg Phthalo Turquoise
  • Violet eg Quniachridone Violet
  • Winsor Lemon
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Indigo or Moonglow (Daniel Smith).

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

Two flat watercolour brushes – 1 inch and a smaller.

A stubbier brush eg Pro Arte Prolene One Stroke Flat Brush Series 106

A fine watercolour brush or “rigger”

Generous sized palette with large wells

Permanent fine, black pen (eg Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen/Staedler Fineliner

A 2 inch high rest to prop up a drawing board (eg tin/case/ramekin etc)

2B pencil and eraser

Kitchen roll

Source images to bring:
Images of bridges over water from holidays/books/magazines/websites to help inspire your line and wash painting. Eg Iron Bridge Shropshire, Pulteney Bridge Bath etc. Images should be close enough to show structural elements and could include other elements such as rocks, trees and background scenery.

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.




Thursday 02nd March 2023


10:00 am – 4:30 pm



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