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Watercolour knowledge – the interplay between water, paper and paint


Watercolour knowledge – the interplay between water, paper and paint

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Photograph of palette with paint, a tube of watercolour and a measuring glass with brown coloured water in it.


Watercolours obeys the laws of nature and by understanding these laws we can learn to capture the artistic expressions we seek.

In this course we will go in depth on how watercolour painting works, by investigating why paint, water and paper behave the way they do together. We alternate painting exercises with experiments. This way we gain insights on how physics and chemistry affects our art works.

The course is best suited for those who have some previous experience with watercolour painting, but beginners are welcome as well.

10–12 March 2023
Friday 10 March at 10 am–5 pm
Saturday 11 March at 9 am–5 pm
Sunday 12 March at 9 am–4 pm

5 500 SEK including lunch at Vatten Restaurang & Kafé, coffee and entrance to the museum.
Excluding materials and accommodation

Click here to get to the booking page

Detailed information about the course content as well as a list of material recommendations from the course leader will be sent to participants via e-mail approximately a week before the start of the course.

Read more about our booking conditions (Swedish).


Alexandra Walsh

Course leader Alexandra Walsh is a visual artist in Gothenburg and holds a doctorate in chemistry. Alexandra uses her background in science to create and talk about watercolour from a more artisanal perspective. With the help of chemistry and physics, she manipulates the watercolour paint in innovative ways, which results in an expression that is not found among other contemporary Nordic artists.

Website (in Swedish)
Portrait of Alexandra Walsh
Alexandra Walsh, course leader
Art work called The Graveyard by Alexandra Walsh
Alexandra Walsh, The Graveyard, 2021
Art work called Isolation by Alexandra Walsh
Alexandra Walsh, Isolation, 2020
Watercolour painting in black, gray and red, depicting an abstract tree trunk
Alexandra Walsh
Art work called Lake edge by Alexandra Walsh
Alexandra Walsh, Lake Edge, 2022
Art work called The Forest at Night by Alexandra Walsh
Alexandra Walsh, The Forest at Night
Art work by Alexandra Walsh
Alexandra Walsh


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