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Pure Watercolour (Stage 2)

This exciting new course offers a relaxed hands-on approach to the world of watercolour that’s ideal for anyone looking to build on their existing drawing skills and become a well-rounded and more confident watercolour artist.

Course overview

This practical 15-week course begins in the spring term and continues into our summer term. Please see course details below.


Monday 16 January – Monday 3 April 2023


Saturday 11 February, 11 March and 1 April 2023

Duration and times

12 Mondays 18.00–21.00

3 Saturdays 9:30–12:30


Sarah L Goy



Course details

This course will be taught in three blocks, each consisting of 5 weeks, to allow you time to develop your watercolour skills and in turn your confidence, bringing together painting techniques, observational drawing and colour theory. By the end of the course, you’ll have developed a firm understanding of a variety of water colour techniques and tapped into your own personal style.

Throughout 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.

Block one – 5 weeks

The first five weeks of this course will consist of creating solid watercolour foundations, to prepare you for projects later in the course.

You’ll cover 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. Colour theory and colour mixing will also be covered so when you come to undertake your first project at the end of this block you have all the tools you need to get stuck in.

Block two – 5 weeks

The next five weeks will consolidate your basic skills and guide you to develop different styles of painting. This will include loose painting, illustration, experimental and abstract, to name but a few.

You’ll explore a variety of different subject matters, including landscape, skies, the natural environment, and urban settings as well as experimental abstract work.

Block three – 5 weeks

The final five weeks of the course will cover more advanced watercolour techniques, allowing you to build on your basic skills to become a well-rounded painter.

You’ll undertake more finessed techniques and subject matter, such as the human figure, faces and skin colour and tone. You’ll also explore movement and how the fluidity of watercolour can be used to depict subjects in motion and demonstrate perspective.

  • Experienced guidance from an artist specialising in watercolour
  • Learning to see and paint the world around you
  • Developing 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 such as faces and figurines
  • Experimentation with different painting styles and a variety of subject matter from which you can draw inspiration

The course aims to:

  • Enable you to gain confidence in your painting and observational skills
  • Experiment and develop ideas discovering new approaches to creating
  • Learn and develop both basic and advanced watercolour techniques and apply them to your work to become a well-rounded painter

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

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Sarah L Goy

Having graduated from Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design Sarah is a qualified illustrator and a contemporary artist.

  • You’ll feel confident approaching watercolour painting using a range of techniques
  • Group share of paintings done at the end of each session with the intention to support, inspire, and encourage each other's learning
  • During the course, students will produce a portfolio of experimental and finished watercolour works
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate get in touch with the course team at

Ideally, you’ll have some prior experience drawing or sketching and now want to broaden your skills to work in watercolour. No previous experience using watercolours is necessary. Suitable for creatives aged 18+.

  • Watercolour paint set (12 colours)
  • Set of water colour brushes
  • Sketchbook
  • A4 drawing board
  • A4 Watercolour paper pad

All additional course materials are included in the course fee.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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