Wonderful Watercolour

Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th February  from 10am  – 4pm each day

Storth Village Hall,   Milnthorpe,   Cumbria,   LA7 7PH


This 2 day course will be an exploration and celebration of watercolour pigment, fluidity and flow.

I am so pleased to be returning to my first love of watercolour. If you have been waiting for an opportunity to develop your own approach to loose watercolour painting with me then this course is for you. We will be literally diving headlong into colour and pigment, combining loose gestural washes with strong gestural expressive mark making – all in all these two days will be full of colour and enjoyment. Think transparency, granulation, optical mixing, glowing shapes, energetic marks, texture, dragged, dripped and poured colour…


This course is perfect for you if you are an adventurous beginner or more experienced but wishing to shake things up and try out some alternative approaches to working with watercolours.

Day 1 will be packed with guided exercises exploring the different techniques and options open to you. We will begin with experimental mark making laid out against expressive swathes of inviting textural colour fields. We will be working from a variety of verbal and visual starting points; from botanical subjects, supplied imagery and poems and from your own studies.

Day 2  will be an opportunity for you to develop your favourite approaches and techniques so far with a focus on recognising and developing strong fluid compositions. I will be sharing some of my my latest watercolour paintings with you alongside the exciting work of contemporary watercolour artists to hopefully inspire you and kickstart your own ideas.

I will then be on hand throughout the day to guide and inspire you as you work towards the developing your own contemporary watercolours.

I will supply a variety of drawing materials, drawing boards , cartridge paper and practice watercolour paper . You will need to supply your own paints, brushes, palettes, artists quality paper and of course your curiosity 🙂  A full list will be sent our 6 weeks before the course.

mark making with paints


painting class

Progressive exercises in colour and composition

Booking Terms 2023

  • In order to book your place you will need to pay in full when requested on the booking page – you can use a credit or debit card. Alternatively you can pay by BACS by selecting ‘Pay Locally’ and I will then send you the payment details over in a separate email.

  • You will receive an email confirming your booking.

  • In the unfortunate case that a course you are booked on needs to be cancelled for any reason, I will be in touch before the course start date and refund the course fee in full.

  • If you find that you are unable to attend the course for any reason let me know as soon as possible :
    – with 6 weeks or more notice from the course start date I will refund the course fee – less a non-refundable element to cover admin of £25.
    – with less than 6 weeks’ notice I will try to fill your place. If  I am able to fill your place then you’ll receive a refund less the admin charge. However, if I am unable to fill your place unfortunately your payments will be forfeited . You may wish to consider taking out insurance to cover this eventuality.

  • You may swap your place with anyone you like but please do let me know in advance.

General Course Information

  • My courses start at 10am, though everyone is welcome to arrive a little earlier in order to set up and be ready for a 10am start. Finishing around 4pm.

  • Coffee and tea, biscuits and cakes are included but you do need to provide your own lunch. (There is a Booths supermarket nearby with a good selection of lunch items)

  • I will send out a materials list around 6 weeks before the course. Any materials that are included in the fee this will be mentioned on the course page.

  • Some of my courses involve time working in the local countryside. This will be made clear in the course details. Please do make sure to bring suitable clothing, footwear and maybe a small bag to carry your kit along with something to sit on.




24 - 25 Feb 2024


10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Storth Village Hall


Storth Village Hall


Janette Phillips
[email protected]

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