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Introduction to Watercolours at the V&A with Leo Crane

11/06/2022 10:00 am – 16/07/2022 12:00 pm | Online

Over this 6 day online course, artist Leo Crane – author of Contemporary Figures in Watercolour – will introduce you to the lively personality of watercolouring as a medium.


Classes run 10:00-12:00 am (Saturday)

Each weekly tutorial at the V&A academy online will build on developing your skills during live tutorials with Leo. These sessions are complemented by specially commissioned videos, showcasing the techniques used in creating a variety of paintings. Using the Teams environment, you will have the opportunity to share your work for individual tutor feedback and with the rest of the class, in our ‘open studio’, you can ask for guidance, or get to know your classmates better. Each session is recorded so you can re-watch or catch up whenever you have the time.

Throughout a series of exercises, you will explore a different way to use this versatile medium, from luminous manuscript painting to precision illustration and spontaneous mark-making. By the end of the course, you will have tried out a variety of techniques, creating a mini portfolio of sample pieces and a final project.



Contemporary Figures in Watercolour is the perfect book to compliment your beginner course; dive into painting with this fresh take on capturing the human form in watercolour. Leo Crane explores how to interpret the gestures and movements of the figure through the language of paint. Throughout this range of visual exercises, they show how to work with the fluidity and immediacy of watercolour to create lively paintings that are bursting with character and narrative possibility.

Paintings by Leo himself feature throughout to demonstrate the working process through to finished product. With a focus on the dynamic exchange between artist and subject, speed, gesture and story, this book will appeal to any beginner or established artist looking anew at life painting and will complete your weekend tutorials.



There are three weekly tutorial slots available. Click ‘Book Now’ below to book via the link onto the Saturday morning session and for more information. Alternatively, you can book onto the Monday morning session or Monday evening session via the Online Courses page.

Course price £265.00

Materials are not included. You will receive a short list of readily available materials to purchase prior to the start of the course.