Painting the Sea with Watercolour


‘Like flames in the fire’ 98x70cmWatercolour on tub sized satin paper – Jason Skill – private collection

Subject – Painting the sea with watercolour

Length of the course12 weeks

Starts   13th September 2017

Costs  £164

Refreshments – tea and coffee is included. This is provided by the Jazz Café, delivered to the studio

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

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

Dates to attend:

13th , 20th, 27th September 2017

4th, 11th, 18th October 2017

   Please note:  no class at half term,  the 25th of October 2017

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th  of November 2017

6th December 2017



‘Roller’ 98x73cm  – Watercolour on tub sized satin paper – Jason Skill

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

My personal style of painting the sea using has intrigued many watercolour painters because of its speed of execution and dramatic effects. So, for those wanting to explore using my methods, this course provides  in depth analysis of my working practices, hopefully  enabling you to mimic the effects, or take these ideas into your own art. It also identifies the key shapes in the movement of the sea that help artists structure effective seascape images.

But, before we do any of the more exciting modern seascape painting, students need to understand the basics of traditional methods of painting the sea, as they usually fall into the trap of making great looking marks that don’t convincingly link to one another and give a realistic impression of the seas movement.  I spent a great deal of time studying other artists methods and observing the sea to help me feel grounded in the foundations of seascape. I would hope that  ‘traditional’ section of the course would help have a better understanding of how marks and effects work and why you would employ them within your art.

I think that the key thing that painting the sea added to my art was releasing movement in my work as a whole. Some aspect of twisting  rhythm I explored in seascape is now  embedded in almost everything I paint or draw. So, for those who may not wish to become seascape painters, they may find this course valuable in helping them free up their painting or drawing, changing stiffly composed images into more relaxed rhythmic watercolours.

‘Large wave’s   –  64x43cmTynemouth pier – watercolour on Fabriano Artistico – Jason Skill

 ‘Seas off Tynemouth’ 100x 72cm – Watercolour on tub sized satin paper – Jason Skill



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 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?

It is planned that over the twelve weeks you will explore the following methods and ideas:

Jason will show you examples of his seascape watercolours and provide demonstrations of the methods used to create the work.

You will  learn to control and then free up your wet-in-wet work recognising the  appropriate level of dampness of paper, paint and brush to gain specific effects.

You will learn to  make cauliflowers / back blooms to order,  working with a brush and water spray bottle,  to manipulate wet paint once you have placed it upon the paper

Explore the creative use of salt to make sea spray and foam.

Blotting paper and kitchen roll will be used to lift off colour and reshape an image through creative modelling of paint.

Examine the differing looks of paint effects on a variety of surfaces of watercolour papers.

Selecting areas of seascape photographs to become useful reference material

Use traditional methods of painting the sea with watercolour

Examine rhythmic movements within seascape images

Explore spattering methods of applying paint and water to create a variety of effects

Revisit compositions to understand the value of repeating images

Explore unconventional colour mixing within wet-in-wet areas

It is expected that you will:

Create a number of sketches and samples from the demonstrated exercises.

Create a number of seascape images using the ideas covered on the course.

What will you need to bring?

Your watercolour painting kit including: watercolour paper, drawing paper, blotting paper, kitchen roll,  palette, water pots, water spray bottle,  paints, brushes, masking tape, and a pencil and pen.

In the first class we will be exploring blotting out with kitchen roll and the basics of wet in wet control.  Please  bring several sheets of watercolour paper, because you will be undertaking a number of exercises.

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. Most of the materials can be bought from ‘Details’ art shop, found within the arts centre, prior to attending each class.

Email contact

Jason has some inspirational photographs/ images of the sea to work from, but you may wish to work from your own reference.

How can you book a place on the course ?

By clicking on the BUY NOW  button below and following the payment procedures you will book your place on the course.

If you are unable to purchase the course online then please send a cheque for £164, made payable to;

Painting with Skill LTD 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.

Why not buy this workshop as a gift for friends and family ?

 Course cost – £164

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