Watercolour Techniques


Breaking down boundaries and thinking of ways of improving confidence and self-expression through watercolour painting. The main aim is to learn techniques and create study-sheets.. Firstly, I will show examples of different ways of using watercolour (wet on wet, letting paint dry, with vibrant colours, softly…) Then demonstrate each technique before the children begin their own study sheet.

Introduction to the medium

Study sheets: learning many different techniques including:

  1. Glazes
  2. Letting colours dry and applying fine details
  3. Leaving spaces
  4. Strong colours (thick paint)
  5. Dabbing out colour
  6. Scratching out.

Other techniques to be explored with different classes:

  • Mixing colours
  • Using watercolour pencils/ crayons
  • Using wet paint on wet paper Water = light and leaving space for light
  • Sponges and different brushes
  • Looking at colour and mood – Creating tone studies through exploring Still Life
  • Hot and cold colours
  • Watercolour collage
  • Using white crayons

Producing textures and tones

Looking at alternative ways of painting in watercolour. Working from the still life Perspective drawings and how to measure. Using different brushes for creating different effects. Mixing colours. Creating glazes and experimental work.

Still life paintings

This provides an opportunity for the group to create a still life painting using the above techniques, incorporated with imaginative elements- exaggerating colours and adding personal elements (a favourite object). We will also explore artist studies that can be developed imaginatively with all the above techniques in the classroom.