Two Ways to Paint a Watercolour

Art - Practical

Day course

David Chandler

14 March 2020


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Two Ways to Paint a Watercolour
Saturday 14 March
Fee: £56
Where does the rainbow go when we try to put it onto the paper? Why do all those lovely colours, that look so bright in our box, turn to mud the moment we set to work? In this practical, one-day course we look briefly at the science behind the problem before exploring two different colour concepts that will help us gain control of our paintbox. Many of us will have heard of the concept of colour harmony and the rule of simultaneous contrast, but perhaps have never applied them to our art, because we didn’t know how. With examples from the Tate Archive, David will demonstrate how these principles can be put into practise to give
our work the brightness and vibrancy we’ve always wanted. All-comers are welcome, but absolute beginners in watercolour will experience a steep learning curve.
Tutor: David Chandler

Tutor information

David Chandler’s weekly art classes have been running for twenty years and are attended by more than eighty students per week. He has lectured and demonstrated to art societies and groups throughout the UK and has been leading painting courses in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland since 1999. He is the co-founder of Frome Community Education, a Community Interest Company, which delivers leisure courses and workshops to adult learners in the Frome area and the co-founder of Frome Sketchers, an urban sketching group with a membership of over 100. In 2010, he won the Bax Award at the Black Swan Open Arts Competition in Frome and in 2012, he was a finalist in the Holburne Portrait Prize for artists in the Southwest. He wrote a regular column for Future Publishing’s Paint & Draw magazine, is the author and presenter of two DVD tutorials for watercolourists, and is the writer and presenter of SEEING THINGS, a monthly community radio programme about the visual arts for Frome FM on 96.6 FM and on-line at He is currently working on a practical guide to watercolour for Ilex Press in partnership with the Tate

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.