Explorations in Watercolour, Gouache and Ink

This two-day workshop introduces working with watercolours, gouache and inks as expressive and descriptive mediums. From ‘point of reference’, working on location and studio work; students will gain knowledge of these materials, from using them independently of each other to exploring the subtleties of fusing them together.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • employ a range of methods and approaches to investiage the qualities of each materials;
  • employ a range of water-based mediums appropriately;
  • develop a series of related artworks which creatively explore the mediums to convey both a subject and relevant approaches.

Explorations in Watercolour, Gouache and Ink

Room G.09/G.10 Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Start date
2 days
Day(s) and Times(s)
Mon 24 & Tue 25 July, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Subject Area
Deirdre MacLeod
Room G.09/G.10 Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Time of Day
  • Point of reference subject
  • Location based –field session
  • Practical demonstrations
  • One-to-one tuition
  • Group discussions
  • Personal development through independent studio working.


This course will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration.Students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor who will suggest follow up reading, research and practice to undertake each week to support their studies. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

Core Readings


Blockley, J. 1987. Watercolour Interpretations. London: Collins

Wilton, A. 1982. Turner Abroad: France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland. London: British Museum Publications

Hockney, D. 2007. Hockney on Turner Watercolours. London: Tate

Hockney, D. 2011. A Yorkshire Sketchbook. London: Royal Academy of Arts

Scott, M. 2004. The Watercolour Artist's Bible: The Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist. Tunbridge Wells: Search Press

Kemp, L. 2008. Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines. Cincinnati, Ohio: F&W.

Class Handouts

Course information will be provided on enrolment and handouts provided during the course.

Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:

  • Watercolour paper, bread and butter paper

Available to purchase during course:

  • Watercolour paper, bread and butter paper

Essentials Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:

  • Selection of various watercolour papers (and other papers) as and when required
  • Gum arabic
  • Small selection of watercolour brushes
  • A rigger brush (around 2 or 4)
  • A watercolour sketchbook
  • Watercolour sets )either tubes or pans)
  • A small selection of Gouache (just red, blue, yellow and white)
  • A small bottle of brown or sepia (Windsor & Newton) drawing ink
  • A small bottle of black ink
  • Sponges, Water pot and pallet

If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email StudentSupport.COL@ed.ac.uk or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.