Onsite/Online Art Short Course

LONDON WATERCOLOUR CLASSES

London's Best Rated Watercolour Course


A leader in art education, the Sunny Art Centre has established itself as one of the most favoured destinations to study art in London. The efforts of our tutors ensure that the Centre can continuously deliver new cutting-edge methods and techniques to facilitate our students’ engagement with art, thus cementing the Centre’s first-class reputation in London.

Traditionally associated with landscape painting due to its portability and scope for luminosity, watercolour can offer an enormous range of painterly effects. Our London watercolour courses lead art students through the basics of watercolour painting into lessons tailored to their individual interests. From tinted sketches to multi-layered large-scale works, we offer students the flexibility to choose the focus of their lessons. 

Our art tutors have unparalleled experience and expertise in handling watercolour paint. Our tutors have prodigious backgrounds from renowned institutions all over the world (such as the Royal Academy of Art and Central Saint Martins in London, the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and Athens Academy of Art in Greece). This strong academic background means that we can guarantee the highest of standards in painting tuition. During each lesson, our tutors will guide you through all the fundamental techniques of watercolour paint. We will also encourage you to experiment with the medium and expand your technical knowledge as you learn.

We teach our art lessons on a bespoke and individual basis. Our tutors will also tailor your watercolour classes according to what you will need to achieve and learn. During each lesson, we will teach you specific techniques subjects specifically for your development. At the end of the class, the tutor on duty will document your progress on your online account. This guarantees that your improvements are always recorded so that all tutors are briefed on your development and can use that to tailor each one of your art lessons.

Online booking available below. Choose your watercolour painting course and book your lessons now.

Live Online Group Art Tuition 


You can attend your art lessons both at our central London art studio or remotely online via our live online teaching platform. The live online art tuition will follow the same structure as our on-site sessions. You can, therefore, have live interactive art lessons with our expert art tutors remotely, wherever you are.

Suitability

This watercolour course is suitable for students with a specific interest in watercolours and the immediacy offered by that medium. Depending on your level, we have packages suitable for both those looking to create a foundation of technical knowledge and students wishing to expand and refine their practice. Particular emphasis will be placed on providing:

  • An understanding of colour theory and of how it relates to this medium.
  • Good knowledge of tools and materials involved in the process of developing a watercolour painting
  • Sound observational skills and ability to portray depth and space
  • Confidence in using watercolours to experiment with different subject matters and visual approaches.
  • An understanding of washes and layering
  • A comprehension of mass and line colouring
  • Experimentation in the depiction of different textures
  • The possibilities of manipulating watercolour paint for the purpose of creating various visual effects

HOW DO THE ART LESSONS WORK?

How do on-site lessons work?

  • Each course follows a step-by-step structure to cover the necessary concepts and techniques according to your chosen package
  • For each lesson, your workspace will be set-up for your arrival, and the tutor will have your specific subject prepared for the lesson
  • You will receive group or individual demonstrations plus one-to-one expert guidance during the lessons. At the end of each class, your progress is recorded.

How do the live online art lessons work?

  • The live online art lessons follow the same step-by-step structure as the on-site classes. You can attend the lesson on your phone, tablet or desktop. All you need will be the link, meeting ID and password you will receive in your booking confirmation.
  • We teach the fundamental principles and techniques using real objects you find in your house or guidance material that the tutors will give you.
  • For personal demos and guidance, the lesson will be divided into two virtual rooms so that you can have individual tuition during a demo without disturbing the other practising students
  • We recommend using your mobile with a flexible arm so that you can point the camera directly at your canvas/sketchbook while practising. An adjustable arm will allow you to turn the camera and screen so that you can see the tutors’ demo when they need to show you how a technique is executed. Our art materials packs include a flexible phone arm for you.

COVID-19 | On-site lessons policy

To ensure the safety of our students and staff we have implemented the government's Covid-19 policies and advice (link).

HOW CAN WE PROVIDE YOU WITH A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE?

Bespoke Study Plan to Ensure Our Art Course in London Is the Most Suitable for You
During your first art lesson, you will have an introductory session with a dedicated art tutor to help you understand what you will need to focus on, and your skill level. This art lesson allows the tutor to create a personalised Study Plan and art course structure that will be most suitable for you. This Study Plan will provide an overall structure that lays out what you should follow and achieve during your course to maximise your results.

Different Art Tutors from the Best Art Academy
Our tutors designed and created each of our art courses. They are expert, refined art tutors with prodigious backgrounds from the best international academies and universities such as the Royal Academy of Art and Central Saint Martins in London, the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and Athens Academy in Greece. Our art tutors have years of experience teaching art students from all over the world. By virtue of  being able to book art lessons taught by different tutors, you can explore different perspectives and approaches on some critical issues covered in this art course. Our tutors work closely together to provide a coherent structure and experience throughout your time here.

Small Groups with Bespoke Art Tuition
We always limit each of our art classes to less than 10 art students, allowing our teachers to work closely with every student and provide individual guidance. According to each student’s Study Plan, during each lesson, the teacher will arrange the most suitable subject for you and will teach each student appropriate techniques.

Flexible Timetable to Let You Choose the Days You Want to Attend
When you purchase a course package (e.g. a 60 art lessons course), it will be transferred to your online account. You will be able to log-in and use your course package to book any available art class at the centre or the live online art lessons (see timetable section below). We have art classes every day, and you can book them at any time. Because you can book the time slots that are most suitable for you, you can also choose your starting date as well.

Flexible Credit System to Save You Money
One lesson will be taken from your package only when you book a class. Therefore, you don’t have to book and use all the lessons immediately, but you can book them as you progress with the art course. The system is just like an Oyster Card; you use as you go.

Our Tutors Will Update Your Progress on Your Account After Each Lesson
After each art lesson, our tutor will leave internal feedback for other tutors to see. This information briefs art tutors from different time slots on your progress, including what you did in the previous art lessons and what you should do in the upcoming ones. Therefore, even if you leave for a holiday break, when you return, all your progress history will be saved there for our tutors to use to resume your art lessons.

Manage Your Bookings from Your Online Account
You can easily cancel, reschedule and book your art lessons all from your online account. Please note that we have a 48H cancellation and reschedule policy. We recommend booking art classes at least 2 days or earlier to guarantee enough availability of seats and to give you enough time if you need to reschedule/cancel the session.

ART MATERIALS PACKS

Using the right art materials playing an essential role in the art course.  You can prepare your art materials by yourself from this list, to avoid the trouble of mistakenly purchasing the wrong art materials. Our art tutors have designed a variety of drawing and painting art materials packages specifically for our art courses with promising quality. They contain all the necessary art tools that you will need to use during the art lessons. You can pre-order online in the checkout page, or via this link: Art Material Packages.

STUDENT ONLINE ACCOUNT

Every student has a personal online account. Once you sign up for a course, your course lessons will be added to your online account. You can log in or sign up for a student account after clicking Book Now under your preferred course. The online account allows you to:

1. Check the course timetable and book the time slots of lessons you want to attend.
2. Book the classes with your preferred tutors.
3. Manage your existing bookings and check your booking history.
4. Receive confirmation emails and text messages with reminders about your bookings.

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THE ART COURSE?

Once you sign up for an art course with us, you can choose to either attend the group art lessons at our central London art studio or live online art lessons – a unique option to learn leading art tuition in-person or remotely.

1. Purchase your preferred art course from this page below by clicking on the Book Now button.

2. The login/signup pop-up window will appear after clicking on the Book Now button. Sign up (new student) or login (returning student) to proceed to payment as you need an account to sync your order and book your lessons.

3. After payment, the system will redirect you to your online account to book your preferred time slots from the timetable for your on-site sessions at the centre or live online art lessons.

4. You will receive a confirmation email once the booking is confirmed.

Timetable

Live Online Art Lessons(L)        On-site Art Lessons(O)       2hr/Lesson


You can find the timetable below for both Live Online Art Lessons and On-site Art Lessons (held at Sunny Art Centre). Online lessons allow a maximum of 6 students per class while 10 for on-site.

Tuesday

4-6pm (L/O)

6:30-8:30pm (O)

Thursday

4-6pm (O)

6:30-8:30pm (O)

Saturday

1-3pm (O)

3.30-5.30pm (O)

Sunday

10am-12pm (L/O)

1-3pm (O)

3.30-5.30pm (O)

Timetable

Live Online Art Lessons(L)
On-site Art Lessons(O)
2hr/Lesson


You can find the timetable below for both Live Online Art Lessons and On-site Art Lessons (held at Sunny Art Centre). Online lessons allow a maximum of 6 students per class while 10 for on-site.

Tuesday

4-6pm (L/O)

6:30-8:30pm (O)

Thursday

4-6pm (O)

6:30-8:30pm (O)

Saturday

1-3pm (O)

3.30-5.30pm (O)

Sunday

10am-12pm (L/O)

1-3pm (O)

3.30-5.30pm (O)


Choose a Watercolour Art Course


WATERCOLOUR COURSE FOR BEGINNERS

35
lessons

A full-length beginners course will allow watercolour art students to delve into the foundational aspects of handling this delicate medium. This course is intended to provide the student with a wide range of skills which would serve as the basis of a watercolour portfolio. In fact, upon completion of this course, most students will choose to continue to an intermediate level where they can focus on a specific subject or genre.

25
lessons

In this extended beginners course, art students will learn to further vary the application of watercolour paint through layering. Building on the skill set learnt in the early lessons of the course, students will have the opportunity to experiment with layering, opacity, drawing and mark-making.

15
lessons

This course offers a basic introduction to the techniques and materials involved in watercolour painting, followed by the development of these techniques. Students will learn colour mixing and begin to explore methods of creating differing edges and textures. Discussion of both historical and contemporary masters and practices will inform the development of students’ work.

35 Art Lessons (2 hours each)

25 Art Lessons (2 hours each) 

15 Art Lessons (2 hours each)


35 Art Lessons


£800+ VAT (£1,050 | save £250)

5-months course

  • Introduction to watercolour materials
  • Introduction to watercolour techniques
  • Colour mixing
  • Creating different edges and textures
  • Approaching historical and contemporary examples
  • Layering techniques
  • Opacity
  • Drawing and mark-making with watercolours
  • Approaching a specific subject matter and projects to practice and experiment with foundational technical aspects.

Certification

  • VIP tickets to exhibition parties and opening receptions
  • Your work displayed online
  • Be part of our annual exhibition for students
  • Access to life drawing and museums sessions

25 Art Lessons


£600 + VAT (£750 | save £150)

4-months course

  • Introduction to watercolour materials
  • Introduction to watercolour techniques
  • Colour mixing
  • Creating different edges and textures
  • Approaching historical and contemporary examples
  • Layering techniques
  • Opacity
  • Drawing and mark-making with watercolours

Certification

  • VIP tickets to exhibition parties and opening receptions
  • Your work displayed online
  • Be part of our annual exhibition for students
  • Access to life drawing and museums sessions

15 Art Lessons


£450 + VAT

2-months course

  • Introduction to watercolour materials
  • Introduction to watercolour techniques
  • Colour mixing
  • Creating different edges and textures
  • Approaching historical and contemporary examples

No Certification

  • VIP tickets to exhibition parties and opening receptions
  • Your work displayed online
  • Access to life drawing and museums sessions

WATERCOLOUR COURSE FOR INTERMEDIATES

35
lessons

This full-length intermediate course will provide watercolour students with the possibility of refining in a more complete manner the technical aspects of their practice. A study of the work of some of the masters of watercolour, including JMW Turner, will be key in providing examples of techniques of a more complex nature. By the end of this course, the art student is expected to have a sound knowledge of the medium, to be developed further in the advanced course.

25
lessons

The extended intermediate course caters to students looking to push their knowledge of watercolour. It will also allow art students to approach and understand the unique relationships between this medium and the different subjects it can be used to depict, ranging from landscape to portraiture and still life.

15
lessons

The intermediate course offers the inquisitive student the chance to fully explore the wide scope that watercolour painting offers. Through a series of both experimental and more highly finished works, the student will begin to develop a personal touch and style. Ideas of mass and line drawing will be introduced, and a fuller knowledge of different materials will be reached.

35 Art Lessons (2 hours each)

25 Art Lessons (2 hours each)

15 Art Lessons (2 hours each)

 35 Art Lessons


£800+ VAT (£1,050 | save £250)

5-months course

  • Development of an experimental and finished body of work
  • Introduction to mass and line drawing with watercolours
  • Introduction to new materials
  • Development of personal touch and style
  • Relationship between the medium and different subject matter (e.g. portraiture, landscape, still life, etc.)
  • Master the complex compositional arrangements with the medium
  • Explore and tame new complicated techniques
  • Introduction to the work of historical masters

Certification

  • VIP tickets to exhibition parties and opening receptions
  • Your work displayed online
  • Be part of our annual exhibition for students
  • Access to life drawing and museums sessions

25 Art Lessons


£600+ VAT (£750 | save £150)

4-months course

  • Development of an experimental and finished body of work
  • Introduction to mass and line drawing with watercolours
  • Introduction to new materials
  • Development of personal touch and style
  • Relationship between the medium and different subject matter (e.g. portraiture, landscape, still life, etc.)

Certification

  • VIP tickets to exhibition parties and opening receptions
  • Your work displayed online
  • Be part of our annual exhibition for students
  • Access to life drawing and museums sessions

15 Art Lessons


£450+ VAT

2-months course

    • Development of an experimental and finished body of work
    • Introduction to mass and line drawing with watercolours
    • Introduction to new materials
    • Development of personal touch and style

No Certification

  • VIP tickets to exhibition parties and opening receptions
  • Your work displayed online
  • Access to life drawing and museums sessions

WATERCOLOUR COURSE FOR ADVANCED

35
lessons

Through this full-length advanced art course, art students are expected to master the medium in their subject/genre of interest. This is intended for students who already have a sound knowledge of the technical aspects of the medium and is structured to allow students to explore more contemporary approaches to watercolour painting.

25
lessons

In the extended advanced watercolour course, students will be offered personalised tutoring over the course of 80 hours of lessons, during which they have the opportunity to select the themes of classes, allowing for the development of a substantial body of work and the creation of a distinct style.

15
lessons

The advanced watercolour course will be tailored to the requirements of the student. Tutors will asses the level of expertise of each individual student, and work with them to help further develop their understanding of the medium. The study of both historical and contemporary masters will be encouraged to further inspire the art student to experiment with their practice.

35 Art Lessons (2 hours each)

25 Art Lessons (2 hours each) 

15 Art Lessons (2 hours each)


35 Art Lessons


£800 + VAT (£1,050 | save £250)

5-months course

  • Tailored advice and studies on specific subjects
  • Support with fine refinements of technical aspects
  • Explore new and contemporary approaches and styles with watercolour paint
  • Build or expand a professional portfolio/body of work with watercolours
  • Fully master a specific genre (e.g portraiture, or landscape, portraiture, etc.)

Certification

  • VIP tickets to exhibition parties and opening receptions
  • Your work displayed online
  • Be part of our annual exhibition for students
  • Access to life drawing and museums sessions

25 Art Lessons


£600 + VAT (£750 | save £150) 

4-months course

  • Tailored advice and studies on specific subjects
  • Support with fine refinements of technical aspects
  • Explore new and contemporary approaches and styles with watercolour paint
  • Build or expand a professional portfolio/body of work with watercolours

Certification

  • VIP tickets to exhibition parties and opening receptions
  • Your work displayed online
  • Be part of our annual exhibition for students
  • Access to life drawing and museums sessions

15 Art Lessons


£450 + VAT

2-months course

  • Tailored advice and studies on specific subjects
  • Support with fine refinements of technical aspects
  • Explore new and contemporary approaches and styles with watercolour paint

No Certification

  • VIP tickets to exhibition parties and opening receptions
  • Your work displayed online
  • Access to life drawing and museums sessions