Watercolour - Essential Techniques

1-Day Workshop  with artist Anne McLeod // Saturday March 14th // 10:30 - 17:00

"Technically exacting watercolourist Anne McLeod is known for her landscape, plant, floral, and animal studies. Beyond her sound sense of colour, her watercolour compositions are complex arragements 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


We are delighted to invite the artist Anne McLeod to BLOCK T Studios to teach with us in this exciting 1-day workshop. This is a watercolour workshop for all-comers, beginners as well as those with some experience in the medium who want to improve their skillset.

During this workshop students will complete three or four small studies/paintings, using them to rehearse a number of basic watercolour skills: mixing washes, painting wet enough, reserving the white of the paper and using negative spaces, wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques. Anne will do stage-by-stage demonstrations as the class progresses so students can observe her working before completing each stage themselves.


200lb watercolour papaer & most materials provided, though students will need to bring:

2 watercolour brushes, No 6 & No 10

5 tubes of colour: Alizarin crimson, Prussian blue, Sap green, Payne's grey, Cadmium yellow


Artist Bio:

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 and 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.​