Lesson Plans.

In this lesson I'm asking my students to bring a 'modern' landscape image from which they'll make a working drawing. The working drawing will be in preparation for another watercolour technique which I call 'dry channel' painting (which they'll be painting in the first session back after Easter, from their working drawing)...they may even work from one of my paintings...!!

Summer Term 2019: Using the ‘dry channel’ watercolour technique, making the working drawing.

Lesson 1: Looking at a famous landscape painting to interpret in this technique.

  • Draw a box on your page which has the same proportions as the painting you’re looking at.

  • Using pencil and taking a shape from somewhere near the middle of the painting, draw it on your page, working out carefully where it sits. You may find yourself simplifying some of the shapes in order to make them usable.

  • Just as jigsaw pieces interlock perfectly, find the next shape in the painting which sits beside the shape you’ve drawn. Leave a tiny channel of white paper showing between the shapes. Again you may have to simplify the shapes as you identify them. You can complicate them later.

  • Find the next shape etc.

  • Give each shape a different tone and texture with your pencil.

  • Continue the drawing in this way. You may find that some shapes have various tones and textures within them, they don’t have to be filled in a uniform way.

  • Your drawing may seem to contain some very abstract elements, but as you complete it you’ll see the greater picture emerge.

  • If there’s time you may begin your watercolour painting using exactly the same ‘dry channel’ technique between each painted shape. Remember that because each shape has its own isolated area you can work wet-into-wet in each shape without the paint running into the next shape.

Next lesson after Easter: A watercolour from your working drawing. Please bring your watercolours, good watercolour paper and please don’t forget your working drawing!!

About this site...
I am an art teacher living and working in Dorset.  I have taught for the Adult Education Service, the University of Bath and some supply teaching in my local schools but now I run all my classess 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 any emails or comment on anyone's work as I just wouldn't have the time. 
I teach four weekly art classess in Bandford 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 and a two-day workshop in the days leading up to Christmas. 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.