Workshops: Landscapes in Watercolour I

26 May 10:00

Friday 26th May 2017
West Berkshire Museum
10am – 1pm, £30

Washes and mark making techniques

This workshop is equally suitable for the complete beginner who wants to start painting their own landscapes watercolours and those with some experience who want to clarify concepts and explore new techniques.

In this workshop we will talk about watercolours and why they are a good medium to paint landscapes, both outside when we do go out painting or inside when working at home or in the studio.

We will practice a few simple wash techniques to start with, and then build up complexity and our mark making repertoire. We will learn about mixing colours to get any colour we want and practice different colour compositions.

If you did the gathering information workshop, you can work from any of the sketches you did previously to paint a picture from scratch. Alternatively, bring any information you’ve gathered about a landscape you want to paint to the course.

We recommend that you have visited the Lie of the Land exhibition at the museum first.

What to bring to the workshop:

Sketchbook or paper that can take watercolours, soft pencils (HB or 2B), pens (biro or ink pen), watercolour set and brushes.

Please ask the tutor for some materials notes when joining in.

To book a place on these workshops please call the museum 01635 519562 or email

About the tutor:Isobel Self Portrait
Isabel has lived in Newbury since 2003 where she practices as an architect and artist. Her passion is watercolour, easy to carry around and sketch on the go and likes experimenting and mixing media to get interesting effects. Isabel’s work, whether in watercolour, printmaking or drawing is full of colour.  She takes part yearly in the West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios and she is an associated member of the Oxford Printmakers Cooperative.

An avid sketcher, Isabel takes her sketchbook everywhere. Stopping to sketch allows stories and anecdotes to develop of which she is reminded of later when developing her work. She shares her sketches in her blog and also in the Urban Sketchers Spanish and London blogs.

Favourite subjects include Newbury urban and landscape scenes, Brighton piers, Sudan deserts and Segovia in Spain. Her work includes pieces from her travels in Australia, America, and other European and UK destinations.

This workshop is part of a series;

19th May 2017, 10am to 12 noon
Introduction to landscape painting – Gathering information.  2 hrs £25

9th June 2017, 10am to 1pm
Landscapes in Watercolour II – Composition: Sky is the limit. £30

16th June 2017, 10am to 1pm
Landscapes in Watercolour III – Seasonal moods: branches, leaves, colours.  £30

Discount offer: Book all 4 workshops for £100 (save £15)