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Landscape in watercolour

Sketching and Watercolour on Location

This exciting one-week workshop will teach you how to ‘see’ and ‘experience’ the world around you in a unique way, with sessions taking place on-location for inspiration.

To book your place today, simply click 'Book Now' to be taken to AUB's secure online store where you can complete your booking.

What you need to know

Monday 17 – Friday 21 July 2023


At the point of booking, you can choose to add accommodation and/or our popular half-board catering package. See below for the cost of different options.

Course only


Course fee plus accommodation


Course fee plus accommodation and half-board catering package


  • Suitable footwear and clothing for all on-location activities
  • Suitable clothing that you don't mind getting messy
  • A packed lunch, snacks, and drinks for all scheduled location activities

Please note, if you book our half-board catering package, you'll have your lunch provided as part of your board.

  • A4 and A3 sketchbook
  • All course materials and resources
  • Visits to external sites, including a nationally recognised museum and inspiring locations around Dorset
  • Transportation from AUB to all off-site locations
  • Access to industry-standard software, equipment and studio spaces

To take advantage of our economically priced accommodation, simply select the appropriate accommodation and/or half-board catering option when you book your place.

If you're keen to sketch outside course hours, perhaps in the evening or to capture a sunset, your tutor can provide you with a list of ideal locations.

Accommodation includes

  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

Half-board catering package includes

  • Half-board catering (breakfast and lunch)
  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

  • All specialist tools, equipment and course materials are included in your course fee
  • Come away with increased confidence in your observational drawing skills and watercolour painting ability
  • Have the opportunity to experiment and develop your ideas whilst discovering new approaches to creating
  • Gain hands-on experience learning the fundamental skills needed to practice watercolour and how it can be applied to sketch books
  • Learn to use your sketchbook as a visual journal and not to be precious about your work, embracing the notion of 'happy accidents are good'
  • Develop your understanding of how to do rapid drawing and painting
  • Receive expert support and guidance from a practising professional artist, including feedback on your ideas and work
  • The opportunity to network and share ideas with other students from around the globe
  • Access AUB's industry-standard studio spaces, including the specialist equipment and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Leave with skills and foundations that you can use at home to continue creating beyond this course
  • Study alongside up to 14 like-minded students and have fun

About this course

This exciting workshop will teach you how to ‘see’ and ‘experience’ the world around you in a unique way, and how to capture these fleeting moments. This will include learning techniques to respond to different subjects, including landscapes, botanical, perspective, movement, the human form and much more.

Although you'll be learning new skills, this workshop is also about having a relaxed week where ‘learning by doing’ is encouraged. Your tutor, Sarah Goy, takes a less formal approach to teaching and where possible adapts her sessions to meet your needs. This summer workshop is about encouraging a supportive, inclusive, and positive creative experience.

This course will start with the foundations of drawing and mark making using a variety of mediums, including pen, pencil, and charcoal. Following this, you'll move on to the beautiful medium of watercolour, which will involve learning basic techniques and colour theory.

Throughout the week the sessions will take place both on and off campus to give you the opportunity to experience several beautiful and inspiring locations in Dorset. As a group, you'll go out to sketch and paint at selected locations, including one museum and one venue to practice plein air techniques. This will give you the chance to explore the local area and also experience a different approach to creating art.

When on campus, you'll take advantage of AUB's outstanding facilities and award-winning architecture. You'll explore fascinating objects in the university’s very own nationally recognised Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP), draw and paint the face and human figure (dressed model) in the unique CRAB drawing studio, and sketch the modern architecture and sculptures.

In addition to course teaching hours, you'll be able to access our maker workshops in the early evenings to continue working on your creative pieces, if you wish.

  • Observational drawing and mark making techniques, including form, tone, perspective, texture and negative space
  • How to experiment and use a range of different mediums, including pen, pencil and charcoal
  • Introduction to colour theory and basic watercolour techniques
  • Capturing the human form from life
  • Portraiture
  • How to tackle the depiction of a range of subjects, including landscapes, botanicals, and architecture
  • Plein air sketching/painting on location
  • Depicting movement

The minimum age for this course is 18 years.

This is an introductory course, therefore no previous understanding or experience is required.

Please note, several of your sessions will be on-location, away from AUB campus, where you'll be expected to carry your own art supplies. This will involve moderate walking distances, where the ground/path may be uneven in places. Ensure you're comfortable with this level of mobility.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to check your suitability for the course.

All course materials and resources, software and equipment is included in your course fee.

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate email the team at

After this course you could:

  • Study an Art, Design, Drawing and Painting short course to expand your illustration and creative skills further
  • Continue to harness your creativity; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses courses to see where your creative journey will take you next
  • Use your new skills to further your career or change direction
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – so we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Your tutor, Sarah Goy, is an industry professional, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, plus use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
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Meet your tutor

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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.

Examples of sketching and watercolour

See below for a selection of examples of the type of work you'll undertake on this course. You'll explore the full spectrum of sketching and watercolour techniques, and develop strong observational skills, including how to capture the human form, perspective and tone. You'll work on-location for inspiration and will depict a variety of different subjects, including landscapes, architecture and botanicals. All work featured in this gallery is by your tutor, Sarah Goy.

All you need to know about studying your summer course

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Why choose AUB for your summer course?

We're a first-choice provider of residential and online courses for students wishing to engage in a creative course experience

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