Sarah Stokes – Painting Birds in Expressive Watercolour

Date: 21st July 2022 - 22nd July 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Spaces: 7
Sarah Stokes - Painting Birds in Expressive Watercolour

Two Day Summer School Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd July


The Summer School days are longer than those of our usual courses, giving you the opportunity to work at a really enjoyable pace and still cover a lot of ground.

Artistic watercolour painting is synonymous with freedom and spontaneity. Some of the most interesting results are achieved by simply going with the flow of the paint and seeing where it takes you. Whether you are a complete beginner or a master of watercolour, there is always something new to discover with every illustration.

In this course, Sarah guides you through her step-by-step watercolour process for creating an expressive wildlife composition using modern watercolour painting techniques.

You will begin with some theory on tonal values through a graphite sketch and see why it’s so important to get them right. This will be followed by some colour theory, starting with how to mix and use watercolours effectively.

Next we learn to master watercolour properties such as pigment control, timing, wetness, and more, to obtain the results you want. Practice a variety of expressive brushstrokes and mark-making techniques before painting your first bird using just one colour.

Now it’s time to embark on a colourful journey of painting birds in watercolour. See where to get the ideal photo references and work on them digitally to get them “paint-ready”. Use practical aspects like branch shapes, negative space, and colour to tell a story through your composition.

Includes homemade lunch, refreshments and cream tea

About the Artist

Sarah Stokes is a self-taught wildlife artist who translates her passions for creating art and being close to nature into expressive watercolour compositions.

“I’ve been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember and became a professional artist in 2013.

I’ve always had a love of nature and am constantly inspired by the birds and animals that live in the woodlands that surround my home and studio. As well as depicting wildlife, I have a real passion for teaching art and for the joy it brings to students, particularly those using watercolour and charcoals for the first time. 

My subjects tend to be wildlife predominantly, which I render in watercolour and charcoal. I am represented in the UK by Demontfort Fine Art Ltd. and sell my originals through Whitewall Galleries, Clarendon Fine Art, various independent galleries and a number of cruise ships. Open edition prints of my work can also be bought in retail outlets such as Next, Amazon and Wayfair.

I’ve also designed artwork for educational bodies, giftware companies, breweries and bands, most recently for Robert Plant’s new band “Saving Grace”.

What you will need to bring

All materials are included

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