Painting trees in watercolour

Subject – Painting trees with Watercolour

Location – Newcastle Arts Centre

Length of the course10 weeks

Starts   10th January 2018

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

Time –  Wednesdays  from 1:00 till 3:00 pm

Cost –  £136 [ includes tea and cofee provided by the Jazz cafe ]


Dates to attend:

10th , 17th, 24th, 31st January 2018

7th, 21st, 28th February 2017

Please note:  no class at half term,  the 14th of February 2018

7th, 14th, and 21st of March

Why does Jason think this course would be of value to you as a watercolour painter ?

Learning to paint trees well, so that they add life and increase the rhythmn in your paintings, is a key step in up-grading the quality of your landscapes. Trees are often the weakest link in many painters work. Stiff and awkward, they slow down the flow of paintings, so it’s important that you gain the skills to make a trees a strength rather than a weakness in your pictures.

Painting trees, like painting the sea, has been a key subject in my work for many years. Childhood memories of playing in the woods near my Grandmas house still loom large in my imagination. Imposing, elemental, always moving and changing the light, they seemed alive like characters in a fairy tale when I was a child. Which perhaps explains why I return to painting them again and again, trying to capture something of the magic I felt as a child.  In this quest for the ‘magical’ I have explored a huge range of approaches to painting trees and foliage and honed my understanding of the key visual triggers that make the marks you make become trees in the viewers imagination.

So, this is a course that will show you the key skills required to paint effective trees and will offer you a raft of ideas which you could use so that you can begin painting trees in a way that is releveant to you and your art.









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 do on the course?

Jason will show you how to control your brush work so that you can stop drawing your trees and simply paint them with the brush. Common usable shapes and formats of trees will be explored using the brush, as well as useful colour mixes. You will discuss focus, grading marks so that you know where to vary types of brushwork to best effect. Ways of shorthanding detail will be explored, as well as common compositional patterns used by artists to help make trees recede into the distance. The value of working from cold to warm colours to amplify distance will be illustrated. You will create a finished tree painting towards the end of the ten weeks.

What will you need to bring?

Your watercolour painting kit including: drawing 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 papers needed for the following class.

You are advised to bring several sheets of low cost drawing paper to paint on at the first session – we will be learning to paint trunks and branches with the brush.

Email contact

Jason has some tree images to work from, but you may wish to work from your own reference.

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