Start your Sketchbook Journey: Watercolour Sketching for Everyone

2 TUTOR: Mark Peskett

Starting any artistic journey can be intimidating and frustrating. Cutting through the jargon, this course offers step by step tuition. You will acquire the knowledge and learn the basic skills to create colourful watercolour sketches in your own sketchbook. Inspiration may include places visited on holiday, a scene from a morning walk, an old photo or even something from your imagination or a combination. As your confidence grows, you can sketch on location capturing memories as they happen. In this digital age, watercolour sketching offers a very satisfying way to slow down and capture memories that can endure for generations.

1 Full Day
Full day course

Course Notes

Day 1 AM: Getting to know the equipment and first steps Theory: Brushes, paper, sketchbooks, paints, pens, inks, pencils, palettes other equipment used in the course. Practical: Getting to know your equipment, preliminary washes.

Day 1 PM: Theory: Composition. Focal point. Single point perspective. Successful sketching from a photo. Practical: Sketching using pencil using single point perspective. Organising your palette. Colour mixing on the paper and on the palette.

Day 2 AM: Colour theory, two point perspective the first sketch Theory: The colour wheel. Basic colour theory: Chroma, tone, tint and value. Practical: Understanding colour mixing using 3 warm primary colours and 3 cool primary colours. Make your own swatches. Earth tones.

Day 2 PM: Theory: Two point perspective. Form and shadows Practical: Sketching using pencil using two point perspective. Colour mixing on the paper and on the palette. Produce a sketch.

Day 3 AM: Landscapes and urban sketching Theory: Aerial perspective and colour temperature. Practical: Sketching a landscape from a photo.

Day 3 PM: Practical: Sketching a simple urban scene in watercolour from a reference photo.

Day 4 AM: More possibilities with pens. Theory: Pens and how you can incorporate them into your sketches. Practical: Sketch using pen and wash.

Day 4 PM: Practical: Sketching using pen and wash.

Day 5 AM/PM: Putting it all together Practical: It is envisaged that two to three sketches will be completed by each student on the last day with each individual being offered one to one help on how to improve.

Course Tutor

Mark Peskett

Mark Peskett

About Mark

After retiring in his mid 50's, Mark Peskett took up watercolour in 2014 - his introduction was a beginners class at Marlborough College Summer School! Along his artistic journey he has learnt numerous other techniques including portraiture in oils having spent a year with a master. He paints local scenes in watercolour and pen and wash in and around Wiltshire which are exhibited locally. He travels with a sketchbook and tries to sketch daily. He has seen and experienced the many pitfalls in his artistic journey: over complicated teaching, lack of clear guidance for beginners, buying unnecessary or inadequate equipment and materials and getting lost in an overwhelming array of "must haves”. His philosophy is now "keeping it simple” with a focus on mastering a small inventory of materials that are used to great effect and are easily transportable for sketching whilst on holiday or whenever the desire takes him.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 11 Jul - 15 Jul

WK 2 18 Jul - 22 Jul

WK 3 25 Jul - 29 Jul

WK 4 1 Aug - 5 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM