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Painting Seascapes - Evening

What does the course involve?

Join award-winning seascape painter James Morgan Williams, in our brand-new Painting Seascapes course. Students will work primarily in watercolour, though techniques will be transferable to a variety of other media.

What topics will I be covering?

Students will develop confidence in free, expressive use of watercolour paint and techniques, and in more precise rendering of pictorial elements in a sharing, friendly and relaxed environment.

We will look at using reference photographs, the dynamics of pictorial composition, colour selection, using a variety of compatible media, and working with the naturally expressive nature of watercolour.

It is important that students new to the subject try to attend all sessions as subject 'catch-up' on an individual basis in class is not possible.

Do I need any previous knowledge or entry qualifications?

No this course is suitable for students of all levels. Some experience of drawing and painting will certainly be handy, but is not essential. Students will gain confidence by approaching new challenges and expanding on existing skills and techniques.

What do I need to prepare for the course?

Students can prepare by sketching and drawing, watercolour painting and studying other artists for ideas and inspiration.

Materials Required

Please bring along any water-based art media materials you may already have. In addition you may need:

  • Heavyweight watercolour paper
  • A selection of watercolours – ‘artist’ or ‘professional’ quality are better and more cost-effective than ‘student’ or ‘Cotman’ colours. Tube watercolours will work better for this course than pan watercolours.
  • A range of colours, as often sold as a set, is a great place to start. Below is a list of colours that I use regularly in seascape painting. Those marked with asterisks are highly recommended. Paynes Grey, Titanium White Gouache (gouache is usually sold in tubes and is an opaque watercolour), Antwerp Blue or Prussian Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna.
  • Brushes are important and a good selection is always useful. I suggest: A couple of small rounds with decent points, a ‘fan blender’ brush designed for use with acrylics (these are stiffer than those designed to be used with watercolour and will be more useful), a mop brush or other large brush capable of getting a lot of water down quickly (a household painting brush will do).
  • Other potentially useful items include: Kitchen roll (essential), Something that sprays water (like one of those misting bottles sold in garden centres), a sponge, a hairdryer or heat gun, a pencil, coloured pencils in similar colours to your watercolour paints are useful, as are watercolour pencils.

What could the course lead to?

Techniques and principles explored in the course form a sound basis for painting, regardless of subject matter. Students can progress to further study, exhibiting their work or taking a foundation art course.

Enrol Online or by calling Registry on 01962 889547.


This course is held at the Adult & Higher Education campus on Stoney Lane.

Examples of James’ work can be found at

DayTimesNumber of WeeksStart DateEnd DateRoom
Tuesday19:00 - 21:001026 Sep 202305 Dec 2023AC122
Courses Information

Painting Seascapes - Evening

Course Code: A30A
Course Dates: 26 Sep 2023 - 05 Dec 2023
Course Fees: £165
Location: Weeke - AHED Centre

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