How to Explore Watercolour: 1-day workshop with Neil Pittaway

Sat Feb 25 2023 at 10:30 am to 04:00 pm

The Heatherley School of Fine Art | London

New English Art Club
Publisher/HostNew English Art Club
How to Explore Watercolour: 1-day workshop with Neil Pittaway
This 1-day workshop will introduce you to a wide variety of watercolour techniques.
About this Event

This 1-day workshop will introduce you to a wide variety of watercolour techniques that you will then be able to use to develop your own watercolour paintings.

You will learn how to use a range of materials and different techniques such as washes, colour mixing, tone, texture & pattern through carefully designed exercises. You will then have the opportunity to apply these techniques to create still lifes and landscapes (urban and rural), painting skies, foliage and perspective.

The course is structured in a flexible manner and can accommodate all skill levels from beginners to advanced students. 

There will be technical exercises, which will allow you to develop your skills with relevant supportive learning material. 

You will be working at your own level and there will be time to  improve your skills and develop your own ideas.  

There will be plenty of 1:1 feedback throughout the lessons and you will be given feedback on your progress and advise with a group plenary session at the end of the day's workshop.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Apply different washes use a broad tonal range  
  • Develop your understanding of composition 
  • Use a range of colours  
  • Understand colour mixing 
  • Plan and execute your own watercolour


Neil Pittaway was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1973. He studied at Cheltenham School of Art from 1993-96, the University of Bradford from 1996-1998, the Royal Academy Schools, London, 1998-2001 and the University of Huddersfield, 2003-04. Neil is a Member of the New English Art Club, the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Associate Member of the Alpine Club, London, and an exhibiting Member of Leeds Fine Artists.  His work is in public collections including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Bankside Gallery, RWS & RE Collection, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; St. Paul’s Cathedral Library, London; Guild Hall Art Library, London; The Arts Club, Dover Street, London; the D.H. Lawrence Museum and Birthplace, Nottingham; the Indian Institute of Contemporary Art, Mumbai, India; and H.M. The Queen, the Royal Collection Trust and The Collection of Heritage Malta. In Neil’s work travel, discovery, the Enlightenment, Gothic revival, satire and historical heritage, are used to create a labyrinth of visual histories.


Please bring your own painting materials, try to include as much of the following as you can:

  • Drawing pencils, eraser and pencil sharpener, masking tape
  • Watercolour paper - individual sheets any size and or / sketch pad A2 or smaller
  • Paint brushes - various sizes including one broad wash brush
  • One or more still life objects [this can be anything]
  • Colour pictures of landscapes - including sky’s, sunsets clouds, and reflections
  • Any previous sketchbook and / or completed work
  • Water jar and roll of paper towels

There is a basic materials shop on site if required. There are tea and coffee making facilities on site and cafes nearby - but you might want to bring a packed lunch.


£76 (+ booking fee*) for the day

There is a 10% discount for Friends of the New English and full-time students with an appropriate student number booking online. If you are a student you will be asked to provide your Student ID at the workshop. If you are eligible for a discount please contact us stating which discount you are eligible for and you will be emailed a special code to use when booking your tickets.

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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

The Heatherley School of Fine Art, 75 Lots Road, London, United Kingdom


GBP 76.00

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