Watercolour painting for beginners


  Thursday 1 September

7:00 – 9:00pm (BST)

  Online – Zoom

14 spaces available

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This class is supported with products from our sister brand Winsor & Newton.

What you will get from taking this online workshop: 

  • An exploration of different watercolour painting techniques 
  • Knowledge of how to paint with an emphasis on demonstration, technique and application 
  • An understanding of how to paint from observation, using visual subject matter 
  • Confidence painting from selected artists’ works 
  • Elephant Academy Technique Takeaway: learn how to paint from observation 

In this online workshop, students will be given an introduction to watercolour and learn how to create skilful watercolour paintings. Focusing on the foundation techniques of the medium, students will discover the technical and contextual aspects of watercolour in a relaxed, fun and friendly environment. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with watercolour through a variety  of demonstrations, techniques and applications. Your tutor Andrew Carter will provide an historical background of watercolour and discuss how to paint using a contemporary approach.  

Beginning with a few easy warm-up exercises, students will progress to creating a sustained watercolour painting by the end of the workshop. The formal emphasis of this workshop will be placed on colour, layers and experimentation. No previous experience in watercolour is necessary but an open mind, love of colour and willingness to experiment are recommended.  


Do I need to have any experience to take part in an Elephant Academy class? Absolutely not! We warmly welcome everyone and have classes and activities for all levels, including those who have never picked up a paintbrush or pencil before. All classes are friendly, supportive and fun!

How do I join the online class once I have purchased? You will be sent a Zoom link via email the week before your class. The email will have full instructions on how to join and tips on how to set up your workspace.

I don’t live in the UK – can I still join one of the classes? Absolutely! We welcome students from all over the world and many of our classes are held at times to suit students in Europe and North America.

Is there a recording I can watch after the class? Yes, we can supply recordings to allow you to develop your skills and revisit the classes.