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The Watercolour Workbook: A Complete Course in Ten Lessons (Art Workbook Series) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1998

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; Reprinted edition (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071530609X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715306093
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...encourages the reader to be daring and experimental - a must for true watercolour painters... The Express" --This text refers to the Spiral-bound edition.

About the Author

Anne Elsworth has developed this course over 20 years of teaching art. Her video, Colour Mixing for Painters has been well received and she also writes articles for Leisure Painter magazine. Anne lives in Bingley, West Yorkshire. --This text refers to the Spiral-bound edition.


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I have used this book as it was reccomended to me by my art teacher. It is very easy to follow and the whole night class have used several of the activities shown, with excellent results.
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Excellent book... this is the type of tuition I needed. Starting from how to hold a water colour brush to more advanced stuff. Anne takes nothing for granted and explains everything and gives you task to do and experiment with.... oh what a joy to do these tasks.The book says "10 lessons" but IMO, there are really 40 lessons if not more. The book is like having a teacher sitting next to you and giving instructions. Each task takes me nearly an hour so there is 40 -50 hours of work i.e.to practice. You can do these tasks in 15 or 20 min short sessions. And before you know it, one hour is up!!! Most important of all, I don't even believe that I've done these tasks - they were daunting or impossible for me to do before. This is accelerating learning. I've been looking for a private water colour teacher for well over TEN YEARS. Now I feel I've found one... so thank you Anne Elsworth .... you have literally made my dream come true.
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When I started painting some years ago, I found an article by this author [in an art magazine] called 'Learning How to Learn'.It influenced me greatly.When I saw this book & the companion 'Watercolour Skills Workbook' I thought they looked a bit simplistic.How wrong I was! Hard usage shows that they contain the hard core of w/c techniques, composition & motivation taught most professionally.No 'made easy';no 'creativity' gimmicks. Just compact facts & encouragement magnificently structured.If you despair of expensive glossies which don't deliver, try this pair.
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If you like the Anne Elsworth rather free and loose painting style, as I do, then this a great book to learn watercolour painting from. After a 5 minute lesson on watercolour basics from my arty wife, I bought a copy of this book - more than 10 ago now (and I have it next to me now as I write this). Looking at it now, I realise how much I have progressed and, in a way, outgrown this - but without it I would never have started at all. At the time I loved it. I think its provides realistic exercises and sets achievable but worthwhile goals. I pretty much worked all the way through it, on my own, at home, purely for pleasure. Which was very enjoyable; it's an attractive and well laid out book.

I've since moved onto other books and artists (in particular the American artists Charles Reid, Mel Stabin and Barbara M. Meyer and the British artists Lucy Willis and Sharon Finmark) and have even attended a few life-drawing classes. But I paint purely for my own enjoyment. Actually Barbara M. Meyer's book, "Sketching in the San Juans...and a Bit Beyond", which my brother bought me, is not a tutorial but it seems like the logical next step after this book. Barbara also has a free and loose style but in a distinctly different way. Anne's book shows a fresh, light, modern style but with reference to traditional English subject matter and artists (my gentle introduction to John Sell Cotman!) but its lesson 7, Lake Sunset, acted as my segue into Barabara's subject matter: the San Juan Islands, north of Seattle, WA, USA - which, like the British countryside, seems to lend itself particularly well to rendering in watercolour.

I cannot fault this book. I found it immensely enjoyable, useful and good to look at and explore.
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I like the style of the paintings and the instructions are easy to follow. I was so inspired with the book that I did one of the examples the day it arrived
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this is very good book teaches the basics through enjoyable exercises. I would recommend it for the beginner and those wanting to try new techniques
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As a beginner (at 70) I am very encouraged but this beautiful book. Very glad I decided to get it and plan to work mt way through it.
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Just the job for a beginner. Valuable gen on basic materials and step by step guidance on how to tackle different subjects. I love the section on creating textures.
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