Tessa Baker - Watercolours
Suitable for beginners and those who want to refresh their memories
and improve on their techniques.
Date: 20th – 23rd June inclusive
Duration: 4 days
Maximum number per course: 14
Included: use of tables, boards & easels, lunch, refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits)
I started painting with watercolours at a very young age, sitting with my mother whose work was as a set and costume designer for film and theatre. In her spare time she painted beautiful wild flower water colour paintings and she taught me so much.
At 15 I went to Switzerland and trained as a chef in Classic French Cuisine and then at 18 I went to study Fine Arts at Chelsea School of Art. Needing to finance myself through this became a big burden and I left art school to go and work as a chef. It wasn’t until 1992 when not painting became almost unbearable that I picked up my paint brushes again.
By this time I was living in Provence. I went to the local art school and became an artist’s assistant on and off for three year. Richard Winkworth became my mentor and teacher. It was the most wonderful experience, I learned to paint with encaustics, and I learned a whole new understanding of painting. I went to the Slade summer school for 3 months and my career as an artist blossomed. I have had many exhibitions since and have been teaching water colour classes and courses for the last six years.
About the course
On day one, I go through all your materials with you, and then spend the day teaching you the most important watercolour techniques you need to know to make a good start. I also teach you simple colour charts and colour mixing. You will have a relatively limited palette, but with all the colours you have you can make just about all the colours you can see.
On days 2, 3 and 4 I teach simple perspective, still life drawing, composition, painting from nature, land and waterscapes. If the weather permits we will paint outside in Carol and Richard’s beautiful garden.
I will teach you techniques all through the course. I will come to each of you and help you with anything you need according to your ability.
On my website Paint Provence with Tess there are some videos of me teaching watercolours and I am also on Youtube.
What to bring
small pad (36 x25cm) 140gsm water colour paper
pad good quality watercolour paper (36x46cm) 300gsm
large block sketch paper
Please ask your art shop their advice on your choice of art paper. Don’t buy Arches unless you already know how to paint as it is very expensive.
Pencils – 2B & 4B, pencil sharpener, eraser
Brushes - size 2 mop or petit gris watercolour brush, size 5 mop or petit gris watercolour brush, size 10 flat synthetic brush, size 18 flat synthetic brush, rigger.
Large mixing palette
Tape – please don’t buy water colour tape as it doesn’t work very well, but gentle builders’ tape is good, about 2 cm in width.
The following list of paints would be ideal – but we appreciate that if you’re in the early stages of learning you might not have these available, so please just bring whatever you have.
Winsor and Newton Watercolours Professional in tubes as follows:
Titanium white, cadmium lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, cadmium orange, alizarin crimson, cadmium red, quinacridone magenta, cerulean blue, manganese blue, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, prussian blue and payne’s grey.
2 jars for water, a jug or bottles for water, a small bucket for dirty water, a roll of kitchen paper.
1 easy to carry picnic chair and 1 easy and light to carry small picnic table