Lesson Plans.

In this lesson I'm asking my students to translate their drawings from the last session into a painting using a very precise 'dry channel' technique. Each area of watercolour they paint will be separated from any other area by a tiny dry channel across which the paint won't flow unless pushed across by the brush! You can see from my examples that the painting can evolve further from the original working drawing. Classes are on Easter break currently and start again in the week beginning Monday 22nd April.

Summer Term 2019: Using the ‘dry channel’ watercolour technique.

Lesson 2: Painting from last lesson’s working drawing.

  • No need to draw on your watercolour paper other than to draw a box of the same proportions as your working drawing and within which you’ll make your painting.

  • Identify the first shape you’d like to start your painting with and carefully place it correctly on your page. Choose the colour and tone you’d like. Make the edges crisp. While that shape is still wet you can drop different colours into it for a wet-into-wet effect.

  • Find the adjoining shapes and paint them in carefully, making sure the edges of the shapes are crisp and leave a tiny dry channel between each shape. This dry channel allows you the opportunity to use wet-into-wet freely in each shape as it won’t run across to the next shape.

  • Try and have different tonal values between the different shapes or at least differ the tonal values along the adjoining edges. This may mean that each of your shapes can have a variety of tones within it.

  • Once your page is filled with all the shapes to edges of your page, you can start to work back onto the individual shapes looking for any details or layers of paint you’d like to add.

  • Might there be detail which starts in shape and extends across to another shape (but still makes sure not to paint into the dry channels).

  • Compare your painting to the original painting from which you were working and see how your image has evolved.

Next lesson: A new project, a bunch of bright colourful flowers. I’m giving you the freedom to choose your medium, bring a lovely bunch of colourful flowers. You could use some of the watercolour techniques you’ve been working with but if you’ve had enough of watercolour for the moment use something different, perhaps mix your media.

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.