Moving away from realism with flower painting

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This course is designed to help you make flower painting images that are modern, colourful, playful and inventive.
Length of the course10 weeks
Starts  12th of september 2018
Costs  £136




Level  – suited to those who have some experience of watercolour painting . Not recommended for total beginners


Time – Wedneday  from 10:15 till 12:15 
Dates to attend:
12th, 19th, 26th September

10th, 17th, 24th October

7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November

Please note: 

No class on the 3rd of October, because Jason is teaching sketching in Ravenna

No clas at half term on the 31st of October


Why does Jason think this course would be of value to you as a watercolour painter ?
Flower paintings that are not photo-realistic, but transmit the joy of looking at flowers can be a delight to look at and intrigue the viewers who stand before them. Like traditional still life you can move the reference material about, become the set designer, place objects and colours where you want them. This perhaps explains why some of the most adventurous and inspiring watercolour painting in the last few years has been produced in the field of flower painting by artists such as Shirley Trevena, Paul Riley and Ann Blockley.  Their use of collage to help think through abstracted compositions, playful paint effects, plus virtuoso brush work, have wowed watercolour painters all over the globe. So many artists I talk to want to paint something new and exciting emulating their style. But many sometimes find it difficult to move away from realism on their own, as they lose confidence in the more abstract ideas and inevitably drift back into traditional realistic imagery when rendering the materials in front of them.
This course aims to build up your confidence to explore more adventurous interpretations of flower painting, by promoting an environment of adventure, where experimentation with compositions and colour are encouraged and undertaken by all, so that traditional realism becomes the exception rather than the rule. So, if you are willing to risk moving your art away from realism for ten weeks of fun experimentation, then this is the course for you.

What will you do on the course ?

It is planned that over the ten weeks you will explore the following:
Become more aware of traditional compositions used in flower painting
Consider how to re-think composing a flower painting image by working with collage
Explore making the backdrops for your pictures by thinking like a set designer
Try working creatively with stencils, stickers and masking fluid to enhance the level of pattern in your art
Develop your own motifs to personalise your art through the creation of your own stencil shapes
Dare to use a broader range of tones and strong colours
Make dramatic modern watercolour flower paintings

What will you need to bring ?
Your watercolour painting kit including: drawing paper, drawing board, palette, water pots, paints, brushes, masking tape, kitchen roll and a pencil and pen.
Please bring some photographs of flowers, or false or real flowers to each of the classes.
Jason will advise you each week about the materials you will need for the following session. Anyone unable to attend a lesson should contact him by email and he will advise them on the materials needed for the following class.

Email contact info@jasonskill.com

Recommended reading:

Ann Blockley – Experimental flowers with watercolour

Shirley Trevena – Taking risks with watercolour

Paul Riley – The magic of watercolour flowers

The location
Newcastle Arts Centre offers you some of the best art studio facilities in the North East region. It also has on site an art shop, a craft shop, an art gallery, a framer and The Jazz Café to relax in and grab a coffee and bite to eat after class.



The studios are situated on the 2nd floor with lift access provided for those who have mobility issues.  The building housing the studios is accessed though the courtyard entrance. The entrance is situated below the yellow building to the right of Newcastle Arts Centre’s frontage seen  in the photograph below.

How would you get there ?
By train  – The arts centre is a short walk from the central station  – see map below
By metro – There is a metro entrance at the bottom of the street – see map below
By Bus – Bus stops are marked on the map below

By Car – Parking outside the arts centre is limited to an hour’s stay. Long term parking can be found at the locations marked on the map below. Click the map to enlarge or move  location. Please note the O2 Academy is opposite the arts centre.

What will you need to bring to the first session?
Your acrylic painting kit including: drawing paper, watercolour or acrylic painting paper,  palette, water pots, paints, brushes, masking tape, kitchen roll and a pencil and pen.

Jason will advise you each week about the materials you will need for the following session. Anyone unable to attend a lesson should contact him by email and he will advise them on the the materials of reference material needed for the following class.

Email contact info@jasonskill.com

How can you book a place on the course ?
Course cost – £136
By clicking on the BUY NOW  button below and following the payment procedures you will book your place on the course.




Why not buy this workshop as a gift for friends and family ?
If you are unable to purchase the course online then please send a cheque for £136, made payable to:

Painting with Skill LTD

to…    Jason Skill, Sikehead, Woodside Lane, Ryton, Tyne and Wear NE403ND
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To avoid disappointment –  book early.

Painting With Skill Limited, Company No. 5763767, a company registered in England and Wales.Registered address: Sikehead, Woodside Lane, Ryton, Tyne and Wear, NE40 3ND