New Beginnings in Watercolour

Two day watercolour Painting weekend with Kevin Scully

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 August 2021 , 10am to 4pm each day, £125

This workshop is for adults (18+)

A weekend course for those who want to acquire the basics of painting in watercolour by practising the necessary skills required, as well as learning how to take further steps for progression and improvement. There are no rules for painting in watercolour, and during this weekend anything goes!

About the tutor

Find tutor information for Kevin Scully here

Other costs and Materials to bring

Due to CoVid 19 we are unable to share materials so please bring the following:


Watercolour Block or Pad 9″ x 12″, 12″ x 16″ or 16” x 20″.

300 g/m2 (140 lb) Not surface. Langton, Bockingford, or Saunders Waterford are all good brands. You may also use loose sheets of watercolour paper cut to size.


Watercolours in small tubes are the best, as these allow you to mix large amounts of colour for washes. Or if you prefer, pans of colour in a palette. These are more suitable for smaller paintings and sketches. Winsor & Newton are among the best quality watercolours.

Suggested colours:

  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • French Ultramarine
  • Viridian Green
  • Hookers Green
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Umber
  • Payne’s grey
  • Cadmium Red
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Preferably round, sable watercolour brushes in sizes 3, 8, and 10 or 12.  It’s important that these brushes are of good quality and that they form a point when wet. Sables are expensive, so good substitutes are those made from a mixture of real and synthetic hairs.
  • A flat ½” or 1” brush for larger washes
Other Materials:
  • A drawing board for attaching your paper
  • HB pencil and sharpener
  • Masking tape
  • Tissues/Kitchen towel
  • Large plastic palette with several mixing wells
  • A small spray bottle to hold water, for re-wetting your painting   
  • Jar for water
  • Putty rubber
  • Any other materials that you like to use

Please bring your own mug for these sessions. There will be hot water for drinks to have during the session.

Please remember also to bring your own packed lunch.

Participant numbers and social distancing

Workshop participant numbers will be capped at 6 people to retain small group numbers.

Please note that we will be observing social distancing whilst trying to make this as normal a workshop as possible.  Bring your own face mask.  Do not attend if you, or members of your household, feel unwell or have CoVid-like symptoms.  In any case we will be following the government guidance for our activities outdoors and if the guidance changes, we’ll be bound to observe it as necessary. 

Cancellation policy.

Please note that a ticketing fee of £5 is included in the price of this workshop and this is not refundable in any circumstance.

If you are unable to attend the workshop and you cancel your attendance more than two weeks prior to the workshop, the ticketing fee above will be retained.  If you cancel less than two weeks before the workshop no fees are refundable.

In the event of City Arts having to cancel the workshop due to participants’ numbers falling below the minimum requirement or government advice changes, we will refund the whole workshop amount.