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LESSON PLANS WINTER TERM 2022 (1st half) lesson 5. Options! Either landscape or autumn seed heads.

This is the last session before our half term break.

In this lesson I'm asking my students to work from a landscape image using the techniques we worked with last week (wash and then pen) OR to create the same set up as last week but this time work purely in watercolour (no pen!).

Winter term, 1st half 2022. Lesson 5. (Last lesson before the half term break). Options! A landscape image using wash and pen OR a seed-head/autumn set-up (similar to last week’s) and use pure watercolour (no pen).

· Choose a landscape image/drawing/photo (one of your own drawings?)

· Remembering last lesson’s freedom with the early watercolour, make your first layer of paint loose and expressive – representing in essence, but not in detail, the landscape image you’re working from.

· Work back in with dots, dashes etc. before the first layer has dried – what happens as your paint dries and the subsequent layers react differently to a drier page?

· Once you’ve had a good experiment with the paint, introduce the pen to find some detail and definition. You’re looking for the balance between paint and pen.

· OR set up a seed-head/autumn foliage arrangement in a jar or vase and, unlike last week, work entirely in watercolour!

· Rather than feeling inhibited without the pen to find detail – try and work as loosely as you began last week’s painting.

· Allow yourself to feel expressive with your paint! Leave light places light…but don’t worry if you miss some light places, reveal them at a later stage.

Next lesson - 1st lesson after the half term break: Bring a magazine, a glue stick and good cartridge paper or watercolour paper. Bring watercolours. We’re going to re-visit an old favourite which has us recognising and matching colour and tone in a very practical way.


About this site...
I am an art teacher living and working in Dorset.  I have taught for the Adult Education Service and the University of Bath, plus some supply teaching in my local schools but now I run all my classes and courses privately. This site is intended as an addition to my teaching, primarily for any student who in the week misses a class and wants to catch up.
The lessons are also available for any one anywhere who would like some ideas on what to teach, what to learn or is just interested in seeing what we do.
I'm afraid I won't be able to answer emails asking for comments on anyone's work (other than for currently enrolled students).
I teach three weekly art classes in halls in and around Blandford in Dorset and every six weeks or so I run a Sunday workshop in a village hall on the outskirts of Blandford. I also run a vibrant five-day summer school.. Other than that I spend every available moment in my studio or drawing and painting elsewhere.
I studied for four years at The Slade School of Fine Art where I was awarded The Slade Prize on graduation. I went on to travel and study further finally doing a P.G.C.E at Exeter University with Ted Wragg as my mentor. It was a wonderful year of education which set me in good stead for my years of teaching since then.



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