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Sketching and Watercolour – Expanding Skills (Stage 2)

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Spring
  • Length: 10 weeks


This highly practical course gives you the chance to master the art of watercolour painting and develop your confidence to continue painting long after the course has ended.

To book your place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for short course updates.

What you need to know

Spring term 2025

Tuesday 4 February – 8 April 2025 (10 Tuesdays, 18.00-21.00)


Suitable for adults aged 18+.


Intermediate or anyone with some experience who want to refresh or develop their skills further.

Experience or qualifications required

You should possess some sketching knowledge or experience in order to benefit the most from this course. Ideally, you’ll have previously completed Sketching and Watercolour – an Introduction (Stage 1)

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222.


Any additional costs

You'll need to provide some art materials and equipment to use on the course. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase it for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details.

Additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee.

  • Notebook and pens/pencils to make notes
  • Sketchbook
  • A3 drawing board
  • Watercolour paper pad
  • Watercolour paints
  • Set of watercolour brushes
  • More guidance will be given during your first class about the watercolour supplies you’ll need, so you may wish to wait until after your first class to purchase some.

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About this course

This course will encourage you to develop your watercolour skills and in turn your confidence, bringing together painting techniques, observational drawing and watercolour theory. By the end of the course, you’ll have explored a variety of watercolour techniques and tapped into your own personal style.

Throughout the course you’ll be encouraged to be both personal and expressive in your work. As well as working in the group setting, you’ll also be supported and encouraged by your tutor on an individual basis with feedback and suggestions to support and encourage your progress.

The course will consist of developing solid watercolour foundations, to prepare you for more complex projects by building your confidence with your materials. You’ll cover and reinforce basic techniques including loading your brush, mark making, and consistency of paint. You’ll also explore how to use different washes and how the paint can be manipulated on different types of paper to ensure that you can render your subject in combination with a contemporary style.

Together with your tutor, you will explore such styles as impressionistic painting, illustration, experimental and abstract, to name but a few. You’ll explore a variety of different subjects, including landscape, the natural environment, and urban settings.

  • Learn to see and paint the world around you
  • Develop skills with watercolour to create lively images through expressive use of line and mark making
  • Tone, contrast, textures, colour, and form
  • Capturing movement and perspective
  • Advanced techniques to approach more complex subject matter
  • Experimentation with different painting styles and a variety of subject matter from which you can draw inspiration

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Be a well-rounded painter
  • Possess improved artistic skills and confidence to express your unique creative voice through watercolour
  • Be able to demonstrate a wide range of both basic and advanced watercolour techniques
  • Have elevated observational skills
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed

Will I be assessed?

No, there is no formal assessment. You’ll group share your work at the end of each session with the intention to support, inspire and encourage each other’s learning. 

As the course progresses your tutor will measure your overall performance and offer essential guidance and feedback, so you know how you're getting on.

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Meet your tutor

Alison Board

Alison Board

Alison is a highly talented, creative artist and dedicated educator, whose many diverse talents include dance, performance, and fine art.

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