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Explorations in Watercolour, Gouache and Ink

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This two day workshop introduces working with watercolours, gouache and inks as expressive and descriptive mediums. From ‘point of reference’, working on location and studio work; students will gain knowledge of these materials, from using them independently of each other to exploring the subtleties of fusing them together.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

This course is aimed at those with little or some experience of art and design practice. 

Special Information

Essential materials you will need to bring to the class:

  • Selection of various watercolour papers (and other papers) as and when required

  • Gum arabic

  • A small selection of watercolour brushes

  • A rigger brush (around 2 or 4)

  • A watercolour sketchbook

  • Watercolour sets (either tubes or pans)

  • A small selection of Gouache (just red, blue, yellow and white)

  • A small bottle of brown or sepia (Windsor & Newton) drawing ink

  • A small bottle of black ink

  • Sponges, water pot and pallet

Content of Course

Over the class sessions the course will cover:

1. Point of referance subject.

2. Location based – field session.

3. Practical demonstartions.

4. One-to-one tuition.

5. Group discussions.

6. Personal development through independent studio working.

Teaching method(s)

This course will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration.Students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor who will suggest follow up reading, research and practice to undertake each week to support their studies. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Employ a range of methods and approaches to investiage the qualities of each materials;

  • Employ a range of water-based mediums appropriately;

  • Develop a series of related artworks which creatively explore the mediums to convey both a subject and relevant approaches.


Core Readings

  • Blockley, J. 1987. Watercolour Interpretations. London: Collins

  • Wilton, A. 1982. Turner Abroad: France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland. London: British Museum Publications

  • Hockney, D. 2007. Hockney on Turner Watercolours. London: Tate

  • Hockney, D. 2011. A Yorkshire Sketchbook. London: Royal Academy of Arts

  • Scott, M. 2004. The Watercolour Artist's Bible: The Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist. Tunbridge Wells: Search Press

  • Kemp, L. 2008. Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines. Cincinnati, Ohio: F&W.

Class Handouts

Course information will be provided on enrolment and handouts provided during the course.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.