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The Landscape in Watercolour

With Tanya Baily – 16 July 2017

Course Artwork – Tanya Baily, The Street, Watercolour, 2017
Tanya Baily, The Street, Watercolour , 2017
Tutor: Tanya Baily
1 day workshop
Sunday 16th July 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
14 years to adult
All Levels

Spend an intensive day studying aspects of landscape in watercolour, and finishing with completing a small painting. Students will be encouraged to “loosen up” and learn to use the unique watery qualities of watercolour paint to achieve dynamic and fresh depictions of the landscape. Students will learn techniques for tackling foliage, rocks, flowers, grass and clouds, as well as tips on accurate perspective drawing. Emphasis will be on a range of textural effects and also on capturing light for different times of day. Students will concentrate on colour mixing, how to control the water and maintaining luminosity.

We will work from photographic images in the studio, and though the tutor will bring images, students are very much encouraged to bring landscape photographs and images which they would like to paint.

This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced artists. Those with more experience are invited to bring images or aspects of landscape that they find problematic or would like to engage with. After a morning of structured exercises, Tanya works individually with each student at their own level to complete a small finished painting.

Materials List

Paint Colours: tubes or dry palettes

Basic essential cold/warm colours:

  • pthalo/windsor blue
  • ultramarine blue
  • lemon yellow
  • windsor yellow deep/indian yellow
  • alizarin crimson/permanent alizarin
  • + burnt sienna, yellow ochre

Students are welcome to bring other previously owned or preferred colours.

Handy additions might include: pthalo turquoise/green, magenta, Prussian blue.

Tutor recommends Windsor and Newton brand, Schminke, Daniel Smith (or equivalent quality). Student quality watercolour paints are cheaper, but are made with inks and synthetic dyes, not pigments, and therefore they don’t last as long and the colour quality is not as good.

Paint Brushes

Starting set: synthetic quality cheaper watercolour brushes are fine, approx sizes 4,  8, and 12.


Large deep pan watercolour palettes are preferred.


  • 1 sheet size 58cm x 76cm 300gsm , medium grain 100% cotton watercolour paper  (this is expensive, but buying in the large sheets is the most economical way. Brands most commonly found are Arches and Fabriano)
  • 1x small pad (A4 size) of 300gsm watercolour paper: recommended brands are anything except Reeves

One roll of kitchen paper towel

HB pencil, sharpener, rubber


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