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Watercolour Class for January 2018

Rooftops, Penne d'Agenais Rooftops, Penne d'Agenais

Discover Watercolours

10 Week Course Starts 23rd January 2018.

2 places left.

A 10 week course aimed at beginners and people wanting to improve their watercolour painting. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 8 people.

Some drawing skills would be helpful, but if you are a beginner, someone who has tried them a little before or looking to improve your skills, I hope you will find the course helpful, relaxed and fun.

We will look at how to plan a painting, apply layers of colour and see how paintings can be brought to life by using contrast and texture.


Most weeks there will be a short practical demonstration, followed by plenty of time to work at your own pace with as much help and guidance as you would like.

The main language will be English, but if you can forgive my French, I would welcome any French speakers.

Dates & Venue

The course will run on a Tuesday morning from 09:30 to 12:30.

The course will start on Tuesday 23/1/2018 and finish on Tuesday 27/03/18.

Unless outdoors, the venue will be the 'old' gallery premises at 60 Rue St Pierre, Monflanquin. Tea and coffee will be provided, but if you prefer fruit/herbal teas etc, please bring whatever you prefer.


I've tried to keep materials to a minimum and realise that some people may already have their own materials.


I have watched some students at various venues not achieving their best through the use of poor quality paint or a confusing choice of colours. It’s tempting to buy the cheap sets on offer from discount stores or supermarkets, but they are cheap for a reason and you will struggle to achieve anything with very poor quality pigments. I would suggest course members come equipped with just the following colours. Winsor & Newton's 'Cotman' range of watercolours combine a reasonable quality product at a good price:

English French
Lemon Yellow Jaune citron
Cadmium Yellow Hue Nuance de Jaune cadmium
Light Red Rouge clair
Alizarin Crimson Hue Nuance d’Alizarine cramoisie
Cadmium Red Hue Rouge de cadmium
Cerulean Blue Nuance de bleu céruléum
French Ultramarine Blue Outremer
Sap Green Vert de vessie
Raw Sienna Terre de Sienne naturelle
Burnt Umber Terre d’Ombre brûlée

Watercolour paints are generally manufactured as 'student' and 'artist' quality - the artist quality paints being superior in terms of purity and quality of the finished work. They are also considerably more expensive.


I would suggest three synthetic hair brushes, all round point as these are the most versatile. Basically a larger brush for large areas (about a No. 12 size), a thinner brush for more detail (about a No. 6 size) and a fairly fine point (about a No. 1 size) for detail. Sable is the best quality, but expensive. A lot of cheaper brushes are squirrel or hog hair and of variable quality. Escoda and Winsor & Newton have good quality synthetic brushes at reasonable prices.


A4 size or larger. Buy paper that is intended for watercolour. The surface needs a texture - ‘Not’ or ‘Cold pressed’ or ‘Grain Fin’ is good for most work. Make sure the paper weight is AT LEAST 300 g/m² (140 lb). Any less and the paper will buckle when watercolour is applied and it will be impossible to paint on. Pads are convenient, blocks are glued on all sides to help stop buckling. You can also buy paper in larger sheets and cut it to the size you require.


Plastic mixing palette

Pencil and eraser.

Course cost

To provide a good level of personal attention and to avoid overcrowding I am limiting the number of places to 8 people. The cost of the ten week course is 100€ per person, payable in advance.

Places will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. To reserve your place, please either use the form below or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact details. In case there are more requests than places, I'll keep a waiting list.

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To Reserve Your Place

Complete the form below or call in to the gallery or send us an email.

Please note that sending an email doesn't guarantee a place.


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prince noir monflanquin

Our art gallery is located in the picturesque medievel village of Monflanquin, in the heart of south-west France.

We sell our own paintings and handmade porcelain jewellery.


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Galerie JS

J. Sephton, 41 Place des Arcades, 47150 Monflanquin, France
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