Learning to Paint in Watercolour

Have you ever wanted to learn to paint? This introduction to watercolour painting is a great first step for beginners and also a fantastic opportunity to develop any existing skills. Learn to use watercolour paints in a safe learning environment with artist, illustrator and teacher Jan Moffitt.




You will need:

  • Pencil (preferably 2B or softer)
  • Rubber
  • Black pen or biro
  • Paper towel
  • Water
  • Watercolour paints
  • Paint brush (round and approximately size 10)
  • Watercolour paper
  • White wax. This could be a white candle, tealight or a crayon (OPTIONAL)


If you don’t have some of the materials, we’ve given you enough time to get hold of what you need. Jan recommends the following as suggestions if you do need to top up on materials. By all means use any other provider!

Watercolour paints , Brush (round size 10) and Watercolour paper


At the end of each class, email us a photo of your favourite drawing for a chance to win a hamper of art supplies! Send your drawings to:



Thursday 6th May – 6:30pm

Colour Blending – Smooth Blends of Colour

In this session you will be learning to blend colour. Jan will teach you how to create smooth graduations of colour as you explore flower petals and striped patterns.


Thursday 29th April – 6:30pm

Colour Complementary – Complementary Colours

This class will explore colour theory. Jan will help you to understand the power of complementary colours and impact this can have as you paint flowers and brightly colour birds.


Thursday 22nd April – 6:30pm

Colour Palette– Overlaying Colour & Paint Vibrancy

In this session you’ll look at how to overlay colour and understand the vibrancy of your paints. From stained glass windows to a paint pallet, you’ll explore a world of colour and capture it using new techniques.


Thursday 15th April – 6:30pm

Painting Landscapes – Hills & Valleys

In this session you will be painting hills and valleys. Jan will teach you how to compose your painting and successfully create the feeling of distance in the landscape.


Thursday 8th April – 6:30pm

Painting the Sky – Skies & Silhouettes

This class will explore the differences between painting on wet and dry paper. Jan will help you to create different sorts of skies and you will also look at composing silhouettes within your skyscapes.


Thursday 1st April – 6:30pm

Painting Water – Surfaces & Shine

In this session you’ll look at how to paint water. From painting a drip of water to a pond through the sea, your teacher Jan will teach you to create shape and surface texture as well as capturing reflection and shine.


Thursday 4th March – 6:30pm

Jars and Containers – Reflection and Proportions

In this session you will look at creating shine and shadow. Your teacher Jan will guide you capturing jars on a shelf and fruit in a bowl whilst learning all about reflection and proportions. Remember you’ll need some white wax for this session in the form of a white crayon or white candle.


Thursday 25th February – 6:30pm

Tea time – Colour and Perspective

This class is all about the classic tea time. With your teacher Jan, you’ll learn about perspective and explosive colour as you look at a nice cup of tea and even more delicious cake.


Thursday 18th February – 6:30pm

For the Love of Veg – Texture and Form

In this session you’ll be exploring a beautiful range of vegetables. Jan will take you step by step through creating form and interesting textures. Remember to have some white wax to hand for this session in the form of a white crayon or candle.


Thursday 11th February – 6:30pm

Spring Flowers – Colour and Perspective

This session is all about capturing the colours of spring. Jan will walk you through creating depth of field in your work and perspective and you’ll be working with bursts of colour as you capture the beauty of spring flowers on your painting.


Thursday 4th February 2021 – 6:30pm

Trees and Logs – Pattern and Texture

In this class you will be studying trees and logs. You will look at pattern in nature and how to capture it with your paints. Jan will help you to develop skills in composition, colour blending and contrast as you explore logs and the trunks of trees.


Thursday 28th January 2021 – 6:30pm

The Animal Kingdom – Colour Blending and Contrast

In this session Jan will walk you through the creation of an assortment of beautiful animals. From blending the colours of a parrot’s feathers to creating contrast in a fox’s fur, you’ll come away with a stunning collection of work and a better understanding of watercolour.


Thursday 17th December – 6.30pm

Party Time – Prosecco, Balloons & Gifts

In this session you will tackle a colourful party theme with your watercolours. Jan will take you through creating basic form and the practice of blending colour in a supportive learning environment.


Thursday 10th December – 6.30pm

Tooty Fruity – Slicing Fruit & Painting Pineapples

Inspired by shapes and pattern in this session Jan will take you through the practice of ‘dropping in’ colour with watercolour paints.


Thursday 3rd December – 6.30pm

Under the Sea – Fish, Jellyfish & Turtles

In this session Jan will take you through using fluid brush strokes and bold colours. You’ll be tackling creatures from beneath the waves in this supportive painting session.


Thursday 26th November – 6.30pm

Quality Street, Baubles and Sprouts – Basic Shapes, Roundness and Shiny Surfaces

Jan will teach you to capture the colours and shapes of Quality Street, the three-dimensional quality of Brussels sprouts and the shine of a bauble.


Thursday 19th November – 6.30pm

Robins, Penguins and Chickens – Texture and Simple Shapes

Looking at simple shapes, learn how to paint different textures and how adding a little bit of detail can create a lot of character.


Thursday 12th November – 6.30pm

Simple Trees & Holly with Berries – Colour & Form

In this session you will explore winter plants and foliage such as berries, learn how to be in control and out of control with your paints!