Aimed at beginners and those with some experience. This session will cover a limited palette of colours, going through warm and cool colours and how this can influence colour mixing. Plus, the workshop will show how to use salt, wax crayons or candle wax with watercolour, and clingfilm to create unique and fun textures.  

Participants will be able to explore this variety of techniques and processes making some mini landscapes or seascapes in the morning, and then going onto a bigger painting in the afternoon.  

the tutor will provide image resources of local landscapes and beaches for participants to work from, and the class will look at the watercolour work of some other artists as inspiration. 

Session: Saturday 25 May 2024, 10am-4pm

Ticket: £70/£63

Materials: Materials are included in the cost, and will include a small paper selection pack for everyone by Heather to illustrate some different watercolour paper surfaces. However if you wish to purchase your own materials please buy the following:

Watercolour tubes, though pans or ‘cubes’ of watercolour will be ok. Tube paint is more giving more quickly, if you prefer plentiful vibrant colour.  

Colours – I use lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, rose madder or a pink, cerulean blue, cobalt blue, indigo, burnt umber or light red ( this is a rich terracotta earth red ) , violet ( not essential but lovely in shadows) .  

A palette to mix colours on, preferably with separate mixing spaces.  

Brushes – I use a round size 10, and have m ore than one of that size to use different colours at the same time, and a square flat shape ½” , or ¾” or an inch size. A general rule on brush sizes is work with what size you feel comfortable so if you would like to paint bigger, then definitely go for bigger brushes.  

Watercolour paper or even a mixed media paper, which is like a cartridge paper but thicker and takes paint well. Often the cover has a symbol showing a brush if the paper is suitable for paint, however you will get more from your watercolours if you work on a good watercolour paper. Thin paper will cockle up, making folds that hold the paint, rather than watercolour paper which will absorb the paint.  


Tutor: Heather Jolliffe

Heather Jolliffe is a painter and art teacher who creates colourful, fresh, joyous paintings mainly from her native surroundings of the nearby Hampshire coastline and New Forest area. Heather finds constant inspiration in the flora and fauna to be found on the saltmarsh and many shingle beaches that form this particular stretch of coastline along the Solent, through all the seasons, combining spectacular landscape views with colour and light, textures and mark making.

Heather studied Fine Art painting at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and then in London at the prestigious Royal Academy Schools of Art and has returned to her place of birth in Hampshire to establish herself as an atmospheric coastal painter and inspiring art teacher.  She has taught widely, with a variety of art sessions across the age groups, in schools, colleges and community locations, providing practical, informed art guidance to help people create their own art.

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