Watercolour Painting Class outdoor with Maggie O'Brien Cornwall learn to paint


This course emphasises the exciting and flexible nature of painting with watercolour encouraging freedom of application through broader use of paint, quick studies and impressions that can be worked up in the studio. Students will be given the opportunity to explore more experimental approaches to watercolour by painting on different surfaces, adding mixed media to the process and by attempting to loosen up techniques working on large paper using big brushes. The course will look at both landscape and still life and the development of techniques in washes, colour mixing, perspective, pattern and texture. On the second day, weather permitting, we will work on location in the old harbour at Newlyn with time spent in the studio pulling everything together and working from the notes, photographs, drawings and colour studies made during field work.

All drawing materials, supports and the loan of a watercolour paint box will be supplied by the art school.


Maggie O'Brien also teaches our one day Expressive Painting three day course at Newlyn School of Art.


Maggie O’Brien

Newlyn School of Art and weather permitting various coastal sites around west Cornwall

Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW

 at 9.50am for a 10am start

All skill levels, from beginners to those with more experience. If you have any specific access or support requirements please give us a call at the time of booking to discuss your needs.

We would advise that this course is suitable for those of 16 years of age and upwards. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our students.

A3 watercolour sketchbook, range of basic soft pencils; all other materials including the loan of a watercolour box and other mixed media, larger watercolour paper etc are provided by the school.

Please bring a packed lunch.

160.00 including materials - fee payable in full at the time of booking.

If you are looking for a local place to stay, please browse our Accommodation in West Cornwall - Newlyn, St Ives, Penzance, Marazion etc page

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13th - 14th May 2015
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