Watercolour Painting Tuition

I have been providing private watercolour classes at my home in Ashbourne since September 2018 (I was a part-time art tutor for Derbyshire County Council from 1986 – 2006).

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the social lock down measures, I have decided to postpone all my classroom teaching for the forseeable future.

My tuition services are now available on digital video via email and social media for complete beginners, beginners+ and improvers. My tuition email address is:

Beginners watercolours

I have produced a set of videos for complete beginners new to painting in watercolours. Starting with the very basic techniques, they show how to apply washes and use different brush techniques. The full set of eight videos are £30 or £5 per individual video (payable by bank transfer).

Beginners+ Watercolours

Practical demonstration videos for people who are still at the early stages of learning watercolour techniques but progressing on to more advanced subject matter. The cost for each demo is £8, each has a running commentary on the colours and techniques used.

Improvers watercolours

The more advanced demonstrations shown on these videos are for people who have previous experience of painting with watercolours and cost £8 each. Lasting approx. 1 hour +, they are divided into several stages for easier reference use. Each demonstration has a running commentary on the colours and techniques used.


For future reference  – re classroom tuition

All the materials such as brushes, paints, paper and other equipment are provided for the first few weeks (mainly for beginners). Advice is given on buying new materials and people can bring their own to use if suitable. There is no binding contract to sign and people can join at any stage of term time.

I specialise in landscape and architecture as the principle subjects in my work as an artist. Therefore the main subject matter for my teaching is based on all aspects of landscape studies with some still-life and architectural subjects. Other subject matter, such as animals or human portraiture, can be taught on request.

The number of teaching weeks per term will roughly match those of local schools – depending on demand – with 5 students per class (max.) who will greatly benefit from the small class size (and a cup of tea/coffee with biscuits during the class!).

The emphasis is on learning sound brush techniques using a limited palette of professional quality paints and basic drawing skills – which will lead to producing confident looking images. Teaching methods include using practical subject demonstrations with individual tuition using my own original photographs (although students can use their own images that match class topics) and still-life objects.

I try to be as neutral as possible when showing brush techniques but something of my painting style will no doubt influence the outcome. It is amazing to see how people develop an individual style of their own fairly quickly and how unique their own artwork is compared with fellow class members work.

The minimum cost of each 2 hour class session is £10. Refreshments are given during each class. A £3 retainer fee is requested for each class unattended during the term unless I cancel a class due to unforeseen circumstances.

Shown below are recent demonstration examples in class, using six tube colours mixed to give a huge array of colour and were painted in stages for students to follow over a two hour period.



The photograph below shows a exhibition of wonderful watercolour paintings by classmembers from the 2018/19 academic year – displayed in Ashbourne Library throughout September 2019.