Watercolour for Beginners
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Date(s) - 05/10/2019 - 06/10/2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Teingrace Village Hall


Watercolour for “Absolute Beginners”

Featured as one of Woman & Home magazine’s “Life Changing Courses”

Sarah’s explanations of both how and why you do things in a certain way are brilliant. An inspirational teacher who so obviously adores her subject.   Jill , York

Watercolour for Absolute Beginners Course

So you’ve never picked up a brush before, you’ll be an  absolute beginner in watercolour but you’ve always wanted to have a go. I’m with you… 🙂

No need to be able to draw, and  no need to feel nervous: you’ll be among people feeling exactly like you. We’ll have tea & biscuits & a giggle when you arrive, then prepare to be spellbound. 

Watercolour for Beginners course

Sarah teaching a watercolour class

” Sarah is a wonderful teacher – she does lots of demonstrating and guides you through all the basics of watercolour painting, so that you feel confident that you can actually paint … with paints … on proper paper … with a brush … and know what you’re doing! ”         Kirsty

Let the Watercolour Magic Begin!

I’ll be showing you the  absolute essential things you need to do to start painting in watercolours.      Nothing complicated: just beautiful and logical ways to mix water and colour together in the perfect consistency; some simple ways to use your brushes to apply it; and some super-simple demonstrations, tips and ideas to create your own contemporary style watercolour paintings.

You’ll even receive a helpful handout talking you through all the things you’ve learned to take home with you.

Watercolour for Absolute Beginners Course

Watercolour for Absolute Beginners Class

My Watercolour for Absolute Beginners Workshop is designed for people exactly like you, with no experience of painting in watercolours at all. We’ll be starting from the ground up and I’ll be explaining absolutely everything:

why watercolour is so special (because it really is!),

what the absolute basic materials are you’ll need and why,

and the simplest and most effective ways to use them.

When it comes to Watercolours my mantra is: “Keep it Loose and Juicy…”  

Watercolour for Beginners +1 class

This is a two day class with all your high-quality art materials for success included: your learning curve will amaze you….

  Here’s what you’ll learn about on the Watercolour for “Absolute Beginners” Class:

  • The basic materials you need to paint in watercolour (I’ll provide you with a materials list, too, and the details of my favourite supplier)
  • Paint consistency: I’ll show you how to achieve the dilution to make your watercolour really flow…
  • Which colours are easiest to work with (I won’t introduce you to the naughty ones…:)
  • How to “erase” your watercolour mistakes
  • How to use your brush in different ways
  • How to paint simple flowers, leaves and berries with just a few twists of the brush
  • How to create white highlights without using white paint
  • What “Paper bridges” are and why they’re essential for watercolourists
  • The cheat’s way to paint a simple watercolour sky that looks wildly impressive
  • Lavender field and Mediterranean  houseswatercolour for absolute beginners

And as if that’s not enough, I’ll even have a little gift for you on this course.  You’ll go home with a clear presentation folder with glossy plastic sheets to keep your new works of art looking beautiful; keep them safely, and to store your information handouts. Having come to a Beginners Class, like most people, you’ll probably want to practise at home, and come along to more classes to learn even more, so your presentation folder will help you track your progress and keep everything to hand in one place.

All your art materials are included in the fee but please bring your own packed lunch

What’s included

  • More than thirty years of Sarah’s experience. Priceless!
  • All your art materials and equipment including watercolour paper, tubes of the correct paint colours, brushes, palettes, boards, etc.
  • Basic tea and coffee. (If you drink particularly exotic teas, or use non dairy then please remember to bring some along 🙂
  • The hall has a generous free carpark  and is disabled friendly.
  • Lots of fun and laughter in addition to the art tuition. The workshops have a lovely atmosphere of calm and study , but also lots of moments of friendship and laughter.

And not included?

Accommodation ( I can  email you a list of possibilities in the area)

Lunch. Please bring along a packed lunch: there are no shops on the village to grab a sandwich from.

Payment Info:

2 days: Fee £195

Deposit of £80 to be paid online, the final £115 to be paid on the day.

Please be warned: my courses fill up very quickly !

I hate to disappoint my students…..  so if this course is full you may find the same course running here in a later month or at my other venue in Cornwall so do check the general dates page if you’re desperate to learn!


Watercolour for Improvers

The pretty Edwardian school hall at Teigngrace is the location  for our workshop, and the surrounding area makes a perfect spot for a holiday or short break.

Places to stay

Teigngrace is a tiny village near to Bovey Tracey, the Gateway to Dartmoor, but also only 20 mins drive to the coast. Although there is no B&B in the village, there are holiday cottages and a touring park within walking distance at Twelve Oaks Farm. http://bit.ly/2BqtT7K )   There are some lovely places to stay within 15 mins drive including two country house hotels: The Edgemoor:  edgemoor.co.uk     and the Ilsington Hotel,  http://bit.ly/2AaiMvo           For a smaller budget, in nearby Bovey Tracey there is the Dolphin Hotel  www.dolphinbovey.net and also the Cromwell Arms  http://bit.ly/2jimCzz

Follow this link for other options for staying on the area  http://bit.ly/2zEHKpI

From this area of beautiful countryside you can reach the following things by car:

Less than 10 mins: Dartmoor National Park, with its wild ponies  and outdoor activities; 2 Golf Courses; The Devon Guild of Craftsmen; Newton Abbot Race Course; The House of Marbles Glass Works Centre; Dame Hannah’s cultural centre and cafe.

Less than 30 mins: the seaside towns of Torquay, Teignmouth, Dawlish and Paignton. The beautiful Cathedral city of Exeter; the maritime city of Plymouth; the National Aquarium,  several major National Trust Stately Homes, Powderham Castle, and not one but two vintage steam railway companies. Also Totnes, a Mecca for anyone with slightly alternative tastes: vintage clothes, ethnic street food, lovers of campervans, esoteric and alternative lifestyles. (It goes without saying that this place is amazing for fans of people watching!)


About this class:

   This class aims to show keep things as simple as possible. You’ll be working with a set of six tube paints, and you don’t need to know how to mix colours. We will just be adapting colours if we need to on this class.

If you desperately want to learn how to mix colours from scratch then you might want to sign up for the Beginners +1 workshop instead, where we concentrate much more on the art of creating our own colours from just three tubes, and wet in wet technique.  However, you’ll get a better overview of the two main watercolour techniques from this course for Watercolour for Absolute Beginners.


This event is fully booked.