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Watercolour Painting 2 - Abstraction

Watercolour Painting 2 - Abstraction

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Roger Gill


If you can tear yourself away from your preferred medium, are in a dilemma about the direction of your work, or simply want to start making abstract works, then join this course to let go! Abstract watercolour pieces can break you free from the stranglehold of representation, are a joy to see and allow the emergence of visual sensations not necessarily perceived with figurative work. This course is about how to break free using the watercolour medium, which is perfect for making wonderfully fluid abstract works.

Topics covered

  • The course is taught through a series of carefully conceived exercises and creative accidents involving colour, textures, collage and stencils.
  • We will see how the medium can be manipulated from a variety of sources to create pieces that have a balance of shape, colour, form, and light.
  • The sources could be photographs or pictures supplied by you: situations, textures or whatever you feel would be appropriate to kick-start your work.

The works produced during the course could be seen as independent pieces or as working links between mediums such as oils or acrylics.

Who should take this course?

This is an ideal follow-on course from our Watercolour Painting 1 - Beginners course, but it can also can be taken independently.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Suitable for students with some previous painting experience wanting to explore abstract painting using watercolour.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Roger Gill is an artist and tutor who works in London and who has exhibited in the UK and Europe. He teaches a number of drawing and painting courses at Central Saint Martins, including courses on life painting, oil painting techniques, portrait drawing and painting and bespoke one-to-one tuition.

To view Roger's work see



Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Hard plastic rubber 
  • Watercolour box with large paints or separate tubes containing these or similar: Cadmium Red or Windsor Red, Alizarium Crimson, Lemon Yellow or Cadmium Pale Yellow, Cadmuim Yellow or Chrome Yellow, Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Hookers Green or Viridian Green, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Windsor Blue or Prussian Blue and Chinese White
  • A2 wooden boards for stretching paper (Hardboard, MDF ply- nothing expensive or heavy) 
  • A2 pad of 180-250gsm heavyweight or heavy cartridge paper 
  • Large plastic or china palettes 
  • Water container 
  • Tissues 
  • Brown gummed tape 
  • Masking fluid 
  • Natural sponge 
  • Brushes round sizes - 18, 14, 10, 7 and flat size - 1 - 1.5 inches. A more extensive choice is useful but not essential. Sables are excellent but expensive. Synthetics are good and cheaper. A mix is probably best. 
During the course we will also be using (as well as watercolour) some chalk pastels, acrylics and gouache. You will need a few basic colours in each of these.


Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.