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Ardington School of CraftsDoorway
Sketching - Pen, Line and Wash
Course Dates: Thursday 12th October 2017 to Friday 13th October 2017
Category: Painting & Drawing
Price: £160

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On this course you will learn how to use pen and watercolour wash to produce expressive, loose sketches of landscapes and architecture. Using photographs and sketching outside (weather permitting) you will be shown how to use the pen both before and after the watercolour wash. The tutor is an award-winning artist and experienced teacher.

Further Detail

You will be shown how to sketch landscape features such as trees and rural scenes, buildings in the landscape and architectural features such as doors, windows, brickwork and stone. The tutor will give step-by-step demonstrations of each technique and will also be on hand to provide individual and group constructive criticism. The course is aimed at beginners and intermediate students who wish to improve their sketching skills. The course will be run in a friendly pressure-free environment. By the end of the course you will have completed a number of small sketches.

Skills/Techniques Covered

These will include:

  • basic drawing skills
  • texture
  • loose sketching
  • colour mixing
  • brush marks
  • painting skies
  • wet into wet
  • perspective
  • drawing with a waterproof pen


Beginner and intermediate 


Materials are not included in your course fee.

The items you will need to bring with you are listed below.

Please bring with you:

  • 1 x A4 or ¼ imperial pad of ‘NOT’ surface watercolour paper 140lb/300gsm (‘NOT’ refers to the surface texture of the paper and is also known as CP (cold pressed) or Bockingford)
  • 1 x size 8 or 10 round watercolour brush, sable or sable/synthetic blend
  • 1 x size 4 round watercolour brush, sable or sable/synthetic blend
  • watercolour paint, either tubes or pans
  • 1 x black waterproof ink pen size 02, 03, 04 or 05 (the tutor recommends one of the following: Pilot DR Drawing pen, Edding Profipen, Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen, Mitsubishi PinPen)
  • tissues
  • 2B pencil
  • putty rubber

We may have the opportunity to sketch outside (weather permitting) so please bring suitable clothing and an easy to carry chair or stool.

Tutor Profile

Jonathan Newey is an award winning artist and has been teaching in adult education for over twenty years. He is experienced in a number of mediums including watercolour, acrylic, oil and pencil and has been a demonstrator for Derwent, Karisma and the UK Coloured Pencil Society of which he is a founder member and signature artist. Jonathan has exhibited at various prestigious venues including West of England Academy, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, The Mall Galleries, London and the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea. Examples of his work can be found on his website:

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS: If you are vegetarian, please tell us when you book. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please see our terms and conditions for detailed information on the food provided.