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Brief description

An opportunity develop the skills and techniques needed for successful painting with watercolours. Field trips to outside venues will
sometimes be arranged.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

Anybody who wants to learn about watercolours.

Course description in brief

To enjoy learning about watercolours, a bit of art history, composition, colour theory and the history of materials.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    Looked at a subject for watercolour.

    Tried out some watercolour techniques.

    Learnt something about watercolour materials and equipment.

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?


What equipment will I need for the course?

Students will be advised on what tools and equipment to purchase during the course

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

Each term the curriculum changes to accommodate the learning needs of the consensus of the group.

The subject each term may vary from:




Figure work

Studies and Still life

We will learn how to use many techniques, e.g.

Wet in wet


Masking out



What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

To attend and enjoy as many classes as possible

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

Through discussion with the tutor and other students.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

Use watercolours.

Do an accredited painting course or other arts courses at Swarthmore or other Centres/colleges.

How will I say what I think about the course?

Through Swarthmore Learner feedback form at end of term. You can also speak to the Arts Programme Manager.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
S503a 2 Thursday 10:30am – 12:30pm 27 Sep to 6 Dec 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £121.00; R rate £93.00; A rate £65.00 (funder_code:S)
S504a 2 Thursday 1pm – 3pm 27 Sep to 6 Dec 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £121.00; R rate £93.00; A rate £65.00 (funder_code:S)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.