Texture in Watercolour

8 TUTOR: Kevin Scully

On this course you will be shown how to render texture in watercolour by combining a number of techniques including wet-in-wet, dry brush, and opaque paint. As well as the more established watercolour techniques, we will be looking at some other slightly less conventional approaches to rendering flaking plaster and peeling paint, rusty iron, and the rough surfaces of brick and stone. By combining a number of techniques that can be applied to both small and larger areas of a painting, a convincing suggestion of texture can be created. Texture doesn't solely apply to rough surfaces, and you will also be shown how to render smoother surfaces, including glass. No previous experience is necessary, although some familiarity with watercolour painting would be beneficial, but not crucial.

1 Full Day
Full day course

Course Notes

You will be shown many ways in which you can render a variety of textures using techniques both conventional and unconventional, and how they can simulate several different surfaces both natural and man-made. These will include:

Wet-in-wet painting

Dry brush




The addition of granulating and other mediums

Painting reflections on smooth, and shiny objects

Painting the hair and fur of animals

You will be working from reference material provided by the tutor where you will be able to choose the kind of images and objects that interest you. There will be a number of paintings on display demonstrating a wide range of styles and techniques to inspire you. There will also be demonstrations of different techniques throughout the week, and you can be assured of plenty of individual attention.

All art materials and reference images will be provided but you are welcome to bring along any of your favourite materials, or objects, and pictures that you would like to work from.

On Friday afternoon there will be a light-hearted display and discussion of the work produced during the week. There will also be an opportunity to exhibit your paintings alongside the work from some of the other courses.


Course Tutor

Kevin Scully

About Kevin


Kevin Scully is an experienced artist and tutor and teaches in all mediums. He studied at Wimbledon School of Art and worked for many years as an illustrator in publishing and advertising. He teaches at courses and workshops in the UK and runs painting holidays at home and abroad. Examples of his work can be found at: www.kevinscully.co.uk

If you have any questions regarding the course, the tutor can be contacted directly:

Tel: 01635 200619 or 07765 867035



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WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

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WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

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