Super Size your Sunflowers - vibrant watercolour painting
Tutor: Nicky Hunter - NEW TUTORCourse Code: 3420-11


We will use beautiful fresh sunflowers to create a vibrant watercolour painting. Working bold and supersized in a loose and lively watercolour painting style, we aim to achieve soft defused edges contrasting with brave dynamic brushstrokes which is the beauty of the medium of watercolour. Capture the flowers' sunny radiance and their characterful twisted veiny leaves. Learn techniques on how to loosen up and give your floral images a bit of vibrancy and zing and keep the colours fresh and let their translucency sing from the page.


You will complete a couple of warm up exercises looking at loosening up your techniques, some colour combination studies, then move on to creating a large scale vibrant loose and lively painting of sunflowers (maybe even two if you are already experienced and are quite speedy).

Nicky will demo painting techniques which you will then use yourself during the day, always on hand to give one to one guidance and advise and support to help your painting and skills progress.

You can transfer the tips, tricks and knowledge Nicky offers about techniques and materials to other watercolour subject matter, not just flowers.

Please bring with you

Pencil and eraser
Watercolour paint (Any brand but try to avoid academy or student quality)
Watercolour Brushes (round medium and large sizes, natural mop style squirrels are great and preferable to synthetic but not essential as I have some to loan)
Waterpot x 2
Kitchen Roll
Watercolour Paper rough or not texture minimum 300gsm watercolour paper, mnimum ½ imperial size preferably (certainly bigger than A3 or ¼ imperial) as I’m aiming to help you work larger than usual. It will need to stretched on a board. A couple of practice pieces also needed.
I will have some 425 gram watercolour paper available to purchase if you need additional.

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

Paper – 1/2 imperial sheets 425gsm paper can be purchased £2.50 per sheet
Practice/exercise paper – 3 sheets £1 – 250 gsm

Update July 2020:
Nicky will have spare brushes, waterpots, palates, drawing boards, pencils and vases of flowers that students can use during the course that can be cleaned and sanitised without sharing and intermingling if required.  Please let us know in advance if you think you may need these so that we can be prepared.


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Nicky Hunter - NEW TUTOR

Nicky Hunter - NEW TUTOR

Nicky Hunter is a textile designer specialising in painting floral patterns for fashion fabrics, you may well have worn one of her designs as she has designed for many well-known brands in the UK and internationally. Her love for floral painting using inks and watercolours in her design work has many admirers and over the past couple of years she has been selling work in galleries and teaching watercolour workshops in Buckinghamshire & Northamptonshire. Now with a regular following of students who love to learn how to paint florals, birds and other beautiful things from nature, Nicky teaches many styles, but the loose and lively watercolour style appeals the most to herself and her students. Her teaching style is enthusiastic and generous and you are sure to enjoy and develop your techniques working with her whether you wish to refine your painting skills or liberate them and become freer with your floral painting.

20th to 21st Aug 2020
Thursday to Friday


9amCoffee on arrival
9.15amWelcome and tutor introductions
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session