December | One Day | Essential Watercolour Techniques | Anne McLeod


December | One Day | Essential Watercolour Techniques | Anne McLeod


Saturday 14th of December

10am - 4pm

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About This Workshop

The Joys of Negativity: Essential Watercolour Techniques

This One Day Watercolour Workshop is suitable for all levels and abilities, from beginners to those with more experience in the medium of watercolour.

Over the course of the day participants will practise several essential watercolour techniques but there will be a special focus on negative shapes and, especially, on learning to love them!

Producing shapes negatively is a distinctive and integral element of watercolour painting but the logic and execution of painting negatively often troubles aspiring watercolourists. There will be a variety of exercises with subjects chosen for the way they invite negative treatment (including, among other things, trees and a swan).

As always Anne will do stage-by-stage demonstration as the class progresses so students can observe her working before completing each stage themselves.

About Anne


'a technically exacting watercolourist...known for her landscape, plant, floral, and animal studies. Beyond her sound sense of colour, her watercolour compositions are complex arrangements of light and shade, tonal schemes in which the white of the paper is saved for "the cleanest highlights", requiring great forethought and precision.’

- Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times Visual Art Critic and Contributor

Anne McLeod grew up in the English Lake District but has lived mostly in rural Ireland, first in Co. Limerick, and since 1991 in Co. Wexford. Self-taught as an artist, she found her own way with watercolours, discovering for herself its many techniques, thereby creating an individual style and approach. She began painting professionally 30 years ago in Australia where the extraordinary effects of light and shade stirred a painterly instinct in her. She is inspired by a love of her Irish home, with its hills and lanes, its flowers, and its farm animals.

Anne McLeod was elected to the Watercolour Society of Ireland in 2000, receiving their Dart Award and O’Sullivan Graphics Award at subsequent exhibitions. She exhibits extensively nationwide and her work is in many public and corporate collections. Anne’s work will be on exhibit as part of the 2019 Bloom Botanical Art Exhibition.

If you would like to see examples of her work please click here to a link for Anne's website.


  • 200lb watercolour paper (not 140lb!)

  • 2 watercolour brushes: No 6 and No 10 (or bring whatever you have)

  • Mixing palette (as used in primary schools, with 6 big round wells)

  • Tubes of watercolour paint: Alizarin crimson, sap green, prussian blue, paynes grey, cadmium yellow, lamp black (or bring whatever you have).

  • Soft pencil (2 or 3B) & eraser

  • Jam jar

  • Kitchen roll

Student Testimonials

Had a lovely day painting in watercolour with Annes Mcleod. It was my first time to use watercolours and I am glad to say I really enjoyed it. Annes teachings were easy to follow with step by step instructions. Having learned many techniques and lots about watercolour I look forward to attending more of Annes classes.
Enniskerry School of Art is a wonderful facility offering professional and friendly service and a variety of classes/workshops. Having attend the school for a number of workshops I can highly recommend it to those interested at any level.
— - Catherine