Watercolour Painting Course


Whether you are a complete beginner, you have found your recent watercolours looking a little washed out or you simply want to brush up on your techniques, this course is for you! 

The Square Gallery London will be offering a 10-week Watercolour painting course starting on Wednesday, 21st September 2016 with our very experienced teacher, Joanna Roykovska (see bio below). Each class is 2 1/2 hours long with a short break halfway through, where light refreshments will be available. The course will have a maximum of 15 participants, to ensure a more personal experience.  If you are interested in being part of the course, please fill out the form below. Alternatively you can send us an email on art@squaregallerylondon.com or call us on +447586427598

Dates: Every Wednesday, 21st September 2016 - 23rd November 2016 

Time: 6:30pm - 9pm 

Level: Beginners - Advanced 

Price: £295 for the 10 week course


Course breakdown

Week 1 - Introduction

In the first class of the course we shall start by familiarising ourselves with the tools and medium that we will be using. You shall be introduced to the wet on wet and wet on dry painting method and how to painting simple objects using one colour but different tones.

Week 2 - Colour & Tone

We will introduce you to different colours and we will paint simple still life paintings of three objects with colour and tone.

Week 3 - Still Life Part 1

Week 3, 4 and 5 will focus on still life paintings.

In week 3 will experiment with shiny objects and fabrics and will try to create the illusion of convex and concave objects.

Week 4 - Still Life Part 2

In week 4 we shall move on to painting and defining translucent objects.

Week 5 - Still Life Part 3

In week 5 we shall take what we have learnt in week 3 and 4 to create still life paintings will various different objects.

Week 6 - Flowers

We will bring a bouquet of flowers to class in week 6 so that we can practice a different kind of still life. 

Week 7 - Focus on the Human Body Part 1

Week 7 and 8 will focus on the human figure. For this the class will also be joined by a modal.

In week 7 we shall do tonal paintings of the human figure. The modal will do both standing and sitting positions. 

Week 8 - Focus on the Human Body Part 2

In week 8 we shall use what we have learnt in week 7 to focus on longer poses by the modal. We shall also add colour to the painting by the modal using various materials and objects. 

Week 9 - Portrait Part 1

In week 9 and 10 we will dedicate our time to portrait painting.

In week 9 we will discuss basic knowledge of proportions and tonal painting when painting a portrait. Students will be asked to paint each other. 

Week 10 - Portrait Part 2 & Exhibition Preparation

In week 10 a modal will join the class and his/her portrait will be painting. We shall also bring in different colours and textures. We shall also discuss the group exhibition, which will take place at the gallery in December. This will be a great opportunity for family and friends to see what you have accomplished. 

Materials Needed


WHSmith Watercolor painting set 12 tubes 7.99£


WHSmith Watercolor painting box 12 color pans 4.99 £

Paper possible choices

Any watercolor paper should not be bigger than A3 would be o.k. but here are some good offers

WHSmith watercolor paper 14x 10 inch 7.99 £


WHSmith watercolor paper 16x 12 inch 5.99 £


Windsor &Newton  watercolor paper A3 16.99 £


We will need at least two brushes, one round, pointed and one flat. The best would be:

- Chinese bamboo brush, round, pointed, white hair, medium size 4.85 £ - Jackson's Art Supplies has got it (next door to Putney Bridge tube station)

- Flat, natural hair, about 1,5 cm wide bristle (any brand)

Watercolor brushes should be made of natural hair, synthetic is no good.


Your Teacher

Joanna Roykovska is a practicing painter, video artist and a researcher at the Royal College of Art. She has been trained as an artist and earned her MA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland. Since 2013 she has been doing PhD course at the RCA in London.

Her works, which embrace equally figurative and abstract pieces, have been awarded in national and international art competitions, and can be found in many public and private art collections both in UK and abroad.

Joanna has been working as an art tutor for many years delivering drawing and painting courses for colleges, universities and art schools. She is a founder of the Third Age Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, and she has worked as a lecturer in drawing and painting for the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw, the Art College in Warsaw, the Independent Art School and the Hurlingham Club in London to name a few.

She has now starting running life drawing, still life and watercolour courses for The Square Gallery London.

Her life drawing course spans from the exercises in human anatomy: bone and muscle structure, through the palms and feet drawings, short gesture poses, to the full tonal life drawing.

Joanna’s still life course starts from the linear sketches through basic shading to rendering various textures (wood, metal, china, fabrics) and translucent objects. After these basic exercises students are encouraged to draw complex still-lifes to master their ability of depicting various material qualities.

Course in watercolour includes still life, flowers, human figure, portrait basics of architecture and landscape.


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