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Landscape in watercolour

Sketching and Watercolour on Location

  • Dates: 12-16 August 2024
  • Length: 1 week
  • Price: £885 - £1,265


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. You can also sign up to our newsletter for summer course updates.

What you need to know

When does the course run?

Monday 12 August – Friday 16 August 2024

How long is the course?

One week

What time will my classes be?

Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00.

There'll be a daily lunch break, plus other breaks within the schedule.

In addition to the course's teaching hours, you'll be able to access our studios in the early evenings to continue working on your pieces at your own pace, if you wish.

Your classes will take place on AUB's campus where you’ll be taught in our state-of-the-art creative studios and digital suites, with access to AUB’s library and online resources.

You'll also participate in on-location sessions where the ground may be uneven and you must be prepared to walk a moderate distance carrying your own art supplies.

Who's this course suitable for?

The minimum age for this course is 18.

We welcome artists of all ages and abilities; it's perfect for anyone who has a passion to learn and develop their skills.

Do I need qualifications for this course?

There are no formal academic entry requirements or qualifications needed to study this course.

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

What should I be prepared for?

You'll be expected to carry your own art supplies whilst out on location, which'll involve moderate walking distances, where the ground/path may be uneven in places. Ensure this is suitable for you.

Bring a packed lunch, snacks, and drinks for all scheduled external activities. Students who've booked the residential with catering option will have lunch provided.

I'm not sure if this course is suitable for me, can I contact you?

If you're unsure if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us and we'll advise you. Either email us at or call us on +44 1202 363222.

You can choose to add our economically priced residential package to your course fee. Choose your package during the booking process.

Residential package includes

  • Full-board catering on-site at AUB (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus


  • En-suite private room in a cluster flat with shared kitchen and lounge
  • Rooms are furnished with single bed, wardrobe, drawers, desk and chair
  • All bed linen supplied
  • 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.

See below the prices of our packages. Choose your package during the booking process.

Package Price

Course fee only


Course fee PLUS residential


What's included in my course fee?

  • Transport to/from external session locations
  • All resources and equipment

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this course; all resources are provided as part of your course fee.

  • Suitable clothing that you don't mind getting messy
  • Suitable footwear and clothing for all outdoors activities
  • A packed lunch, snacks, and drinks for all scheduled location activities
  • Please note, if you book our full-board catering package, you'll have your lunch provided as part of your board.

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 will take a less formal approach to teaching and where possible will adapt their sessions to meet your needs. This summer workshop encourages 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
  • Explore famous artist’s sketchbooks and styles through a series of demonstrations

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Summer Course certificate of attendance. You'll receive this at the end of your course.

On your last day there'll be an exhibition of the work created on the course; celebrate your achievements and those of your fellow artists.

The Summer Courses team invite you to attend an optional farewell meal at a local restaurant. A perfect conclusion to your creative week where new friendships and skills shall be celebrated.

After this course you could:

  • Use your new skills to further your career or change direction
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby
  • Develop a robust portfolio of personal work to contribute to further study or employment

Further study opportunities

You may wish to consider the following further study options:

You can also 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, including further Art, Design, Drawing and Painting short courses.

  • 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

  • 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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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. Work in this gallery is by Sarah L. Goy.

All you need to know about studying your Summer Artisan Workshop

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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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Residential packages for Summer Artisan Workshops

When you book your course, you have the chance to add our residential package to your booking.

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Entry requirements for summer courses

Entry requirements for Summer Courses, including English Language requirements

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Continuing your studies with AUB after a summer course

Continue studying at AUB after you've completed a Summer Course. Progress onto a full-time Foundation or BA (Hons) Degree course.

Booking your Summer Artisan Workshop place

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How to book your summer course and payment options

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Terms and Conditions – Summer Artisan Workshops

Summer Artisan Workshops – booking terms and conditions for 2024.

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FAQs – Summer Artisan Workshops

We've provided some frequently asked questions which we hope will support any questions you may have prior to booking your course.

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