Free trial classes are available throughout the Summer Term
With our new expanded schedule of morning and afternoon classes on Wednesdays, we can, during the Summer Term, make a number of free one-class trial places available to people who would like to know more before joining a watercolour class.
Trial class visitors are under no obligation but, if the trial experience is positive, you then have three options:-
- Join the rest of the course (charged pro rata to the full term cost)
- Book your place for the Autumn term
- Take our special 4-week ‘Discovering Watercolour’ course. This course of four 3-hour classes provides the perfect basis for deciding to take up this creative and highly sociable hobby. More details
Our ‘Discovering Watercolour’ 4-week course is also available as a gift voucher – an unusual and thoughtful gift for anyone seeking a new hobby. More details
Watercolour Art Classes at ETNA – explore your creative potential
We are dedicated to watercolour painting and to helping both beginners and improvers to get the very best from this popular art form.Our Summer Term has started but places are still available. Two 3-hour classes are running morning and afternoon – Morning Class from 10:00-13:00 and Afternoon Class 13:30-16:30. The term lasts for 12 weeks (April-July). We will follow with two Autumn Term classes (September-December) – also 12 weeks long and starting on 12th September.
Our classes focus on the joys of watercolour painting and how every painter can improve. We will cover all the techniques required to produce successful and fulfilling watercolours.
Each three-hour session covers a technical skill and a subject, and there is always time for free expression and personal interests. Small classes and plenty of individual tuition mean that beginners and more experienced artists can sit happily side-by-side, develop their skills and enjoy a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
Courses are held in The Green Room at ETNA Community Centre, 13 Rosslyn Road, Twickenham, TW1 2AR. It is a beautiful location for art classes, with excellent facilities, convenient for H22, H37, R33, R68, R70 and 490 buses and a short walk from St Margaret’s station – and there’s a free ‘first-come, first-parked’ car park.
We are running two classes for the Summer Term. Our classes are small and everyone gets plenty of personal tuition. Summer Term Morning Class begins at 10:00 and runs until 13:00.
Summer Term Afternoon Class begins at 13:30 and runs until 16:30.
Apr 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, (30 half-term)
Jun 6, 13, 20, 27
Jul 4, 11
Autumn Term Morning Class begins at 10:00 and runs until 13:00.
Cost £250 for 12 weeks.
Autumn Term Afternoon Class begins at 13:30 and runs until 16:30.
Cost £250 for 12 weeks.
Sep 12, 19, 26 Oct 3, 10, 17, (24 half-term), 31 Nov 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec 5
There are no differences between the courses, so join whichever course better suits your day.
Two courses on Wednesdays
Summer and Autumn Terms
What you will learn
Explore your creative potential
Part of the excitement of working in watercolour is that you never really know exactly what is going to happen. Each of our twelve session terms will give you opportunities to discover this as your skills develop. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter – the challenges set will help you to improve and enjoy.
Concentrating on basic skills is essential for every beginner and it is always useful to refresh these skills for those with some experience. Creating imaginative drawings with line and tone will enable you to understand the difference between colour and tone. You will soon be painting with colours and learning about colour mixing. We will work on still life with simple objects, some of which you will bring yourself.
It is important to know how to start a painting – you will learn how to plan the composition, what to look for and how to use materials in the right way. Getting started can often be the most difficult part but you will soon be producing simple paintings and your style will develop. You will learn the basic principles of perspective and become more confident and competent with your drawing.
As the course progresses, you will discover the techniques, principles and processes which enable you to create beautiful effects with watercolour. We will explore colour theory and how to mix colours and understand different wash techniques.
There will be tutor-led demonstrations and time for one-to-one guidance with constructive feedback. Group discussions in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with like-minded fellow painters will help everyone to develop and improve. What is most important is that your knowledge, experience and confidence grow over the weeks and that you, in time, develop your own personal style.
The centre welcomes everyone, hosting a kindergarten for children 2-5 years and regular activities for senior citizens. There are meeting spaces, conference and counselling rooms, and the beautiful, high-ceilinged Green Room which is just perfect for art classes.
ETNA – a superb location
Spring class in progress…
ETNA Community Centre is within walking distance of St Margaret’s Station and is close to bus routes H22, H37, R33, R68, R70 and 490. Car parking is available for all centre users on a first-come, first-parked basis and it is a quite large car park which is accessible from Riverdale Road.
ETNA Community Centre
13 Rosslyn Road
020 8892 3676
ETNA Community Centre is a vibrant and welcoming community centre in a wonderful Victorian building in the heart of TW1.