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Our DVD library holds a selection of DVDs which are ideal for beginners and improvers or anyone who wants to learn techniques and be inspired. Our art tutorials for beginners cover everything from watercolour and pastel to oils and acrylics from a range of well known artists!

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  1. Painting Portraits in Oils - Capturing character from life with Rob Wareing

    Painting Portraits in Oils - Capturing character from life with Rob Wareing

    £15.99

    Oil portraits are often regarded as the highest form of art, certainly one to be taken with the utmost seriousness. Capturing a likeness as well as the character of your subject requires planning, preparation and persistence and is not for the faint-hearted.

    Rob’s four decades of experience have imbued him with a deep understanding not merely of the subject, but of the processes involved. This is a thoroughly researched and presented course that teaches you everything you need to know progressively.

    Explanations are succeeded by exercises until the final sitting, so that you understand what you’re trying to do and how to work before getting to grips with real people. Such a solid grounding can only lead to confidence and success.

    Rob makes light of learning and his thorough approach is never hard work, but rather a journey of discovery. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at portraiture, there’s no better place to get started.

    Search Press - Hardback - 160 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  2. Learn How to Paint Snow Scenes in Watercolour DVD with Matthew Palmer

    Learn How to Paint Snow Scenes in Watercolour DVD with Matthew Palmer

    £5.30

    Give your watercolour paintings a sprinkling of wintry magic with this DVD from Matthew Palmer. Featuring a stunning snowy river scene, Matthew will guide you through the techniques and stages of capturing the textures, colours and details of snow and its surroundings.

    With two other feature projects - a winter greeting card and a cool, sunny winter landscape, this DVD will equip and inspire you to create your own snowy scenes with ease.

    198 minutes Learn More
  3. David Bellamy's Landscapes Through the Seasons in Watercolour book

    David Bellamy's Landscapes Through the Seasons in Watercolour book

    £7.99

    This is a book that’ll last you all year round.

    In this revised and expanded edition of the book, David demonstrates not just the broader vistas, but quiet corners and details such as trees, buildings, waterfalls, animals, trees and flowers. You’ll discover how the shapes of natural subjects change with each turn of the season, how colours vary and how light affects both the crispness of outlines and the way aerial perspective is perceived.

    Weather is here too, from autumn mists and winter snow to the bright days of summer and sudden spring rain. David provides examples for everything, as well as full demonstrations that show how images develop in their own individual ways.

    This is a thorough guide in the company of a popular and experienced teacher who makes working with watercolour a delight.

    Search Press - Paperback - 96 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  4. Watercolour for Absolute Beginners Book with Matthew Palmer

    Watercolour for Absolute Beginners Book with Matthew Palmer

    £8.40

    Join popular, professional artist, Matthew Palmer, as he shares his simple tips for getting to grips with the basics of painting in watercolour.

    This set is perfect for beginner wanting to discover how to paint sensational landscapes in watercolour or those artists looking to brush up on their existing skills.

    Discover the secrets behind drawing understanding perspective, light & shade, colour and painting realistic skies, trees, water & figures.

    Matthews beautiful book is bursting with 128 pages of easy to follow advice and tricks - plus six, simple step-by-step exercises and six large scale projects- with 12 pull out tracings supplied, to help beginners discover how to paint 12 picturesque landscapes.

    Search Press - 128 Pages - Colour Throughout. Learn More
  5. The Watercolour A-Z of Trees and Foliage Book with Adelene Fletcher

    The Watercolour A-Z of Trees and Foliage Book with Adelene Fletcher

    £9.99

    This simple guide includes 26 tree varieties and covers shapes and colours, as well as their appearance at different times of the year.

    Each one is covered in just two pages, with a generously-sized final image across a double spread so that you can easily see the result you’re aiming for. Although there are no detailed step-by-step demonstrations, all the basic information is here and is easy to follow. Whether it’s a full-crowned Horse Chestnut, the bare branches of a Black Walnut in winter, the fine tendrils of an Oleander or the solid mass of an Oak, every variation is here.

    Adelene includes basic notes about the species itself and explains the main points to consider when painting each one. She also demonstrates fruits and seeds where these are a feature. The handy introductory section also explains all the techniques you’ll need.

    This is a thorough guide, whether you want to paint trees for themselves or simply as part of a wider landscape.

    Please note - this is a reissue. Learn More
  6. Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner DVD with Matthew Palmer

    Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner DVD with Matthew Palmer

    £7.80

    Join popular, professional artist, Matthew Palmer, as he shares his simple tips for getting to grips with the basics of painting in watercolour.

    This DVD takes you on a delightful journey to the breathtaking Cumbrian countryside for even more practical hints & demonstrations for capturing the sensational scenic views of Derwent Water.

    Learn how to create a stunning landscape complete with distant mountains, skies, silhouetted trees - or how to make a simple shoreline sketch - before returning to the studio to paint people taking an early evening stroll at the waters edge and a picture perfect summer landscape featuring a boat sailing gently past a wonderful windmill.

    Follow in Matthew's footsteps to discover simple tips & techniques to build skills and increase your confidence for completing your own wonderful watercolour works of art.

    DVD: 110 mins

    Please note that while this is a Region 0 DVD, it is PAL formatted and therefore unlikely to play in North America, Japan, South Korea and some of the Pacific Islands.

    However, all DVDs will play on personal computers and laptops. Learn More
  7. A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolour with Mixed Media Book with Alison C. Board

    A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolour with Mixed Media Book with Alison C. Board

    £9.99

    There are no mistakes in mixed-media artwork, and Alison encourages you to be unafraid and embrace the experimental!

    Adding other mediums to your watercolour paintings is a fantastic way to take your work in new, more exciting directions. This book and DVD set introduces the range of media that is available and will open your eyes to new and inspirational ways of creating.

    The book provides six step-by-step projects and finished paintings to encourage you to take a definitive leap into the exciting world of mixed media art, covering a multitude of topics including flowers, animal portraits, dancers in motion, cityscapes and landscapes.

    Alison explores how to combine wet and dry media, and how to create vibrant collages from man-made and natural found objects.

    The DVD focusses on the Lion’s Head Dandelion, combining all the skills and techniques Alison so beautifully demonstrates, culminating in a mixed media piece you’ll be proud to hang on your wall.

    Search Press - Paperback - 144 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  8. The Magic of Blending Watercolour DVD with Matthew Palmer

    The Magic of Blending Watercolour DVD with Matthew Palmer

    £15.60

    This DVD shows you how to use bledning techniques, considered to be one of the trickiest techniques to paint. Matthew takes that fear away and shows you in step by step detail how to blend, paint skies and paint a complete snow scene. Learn More
  9. Painting Animals in Watercolour with Liz Chaderton

    Painting Animals in Watercolour with Liz Chaderton

    £9.99

    If you want an introduction to painting animals that shows you how to capture not just their appearance, but also their character, look no further.

    In this concise guide, Liz will show you all the techniques and approaches you need. Everything is here from exotic creatures to farm and domestic animals and even birds. Whether it’s a zebra, a sheep, a cat or even a toucan, you’ll find examples that will help you every step of the way.

    Liz starts with basic techniques, helps you with sources of inspiration and information and explains composition, design and sketching. She’ll then show you how to bring everything together in a completed watercolour or pen and wash drawing, as well as looking at mixed media techniques.

    There are examples and exercises throughout that test and develop your skills at every step on the way. This is an admirably simple guide that provides a wealth of information and inspiration.

    Crowood Press - Paperback - 112 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  10. Brusho Beginnings DVD with Alison C. Board

    Brusho Beginnings DVD with Alison C. Board

    £5.25

    In this step-by-step DVD from Alison C. Board, she'll take you through the stages of creating this amazing peacock feather.

    "I created this peacock picture so you can see just how vibrant Brusho can be. The steps demonstrate lots of different tips and techniques ideal for any artist - and of course you can have a go with any colours you have!"

    Alison C. Board, SAA Professional Artist


    20 mins.

    Please note that while this is a Region 0 DVD, it is PAL formatted and therefore unlikely to play in North America, Japan, South Korea and some of the Pacific Islands.

    However, all DVDs will play on personal computers and laptops. Learn More
  11. The Watercolour Flower Painters A - Z with Adelene Fletcher Book

    The Watercolour Flower Painters A - Z with Adelene Fletcher Book

    £8.40

    If you want to paint realistic flowers that capture the spirit of your subject as well as its appearance, this is the perfect guide.

    Adelene offers straightforward instructions that cut through much of the mystique that surrounds flower painting. Each demonstration occupies a single spread and covers the palette, working sequence and a further examination of the detailed areas, covering 50 different popular flowers.

    The full-page illustrations of the finished results show you exactly what you are trying to achieve and the enlarged detail photographs ensure that you'll get the fine work right every time.

    A source of inspiration as well as a rich manual of techniques, a must-have for every flower painter.

    Search Press - Paperback - 130 pages - Colour throughout Learn More
  12. Skies, Light & Atmosphere in Watercolour Book by David Bellamy

    Skies, Light & Atmosphere in Watercolour Book by David Bellamy

    £7.99

    In his latest volume, David returns to one of the subjects for which he's best known and he concentrates on the how rather than just the what and the why of a subject that can be difficult to pin down.

    Using plenty of examples, as well as short demonstrations, David explains simple and complex skies, clouds and sunlight. He also shows you how to use layered glazes to increase light effects, how to handle light that comes from more than one direction and how to give real depth to shadows.

    In the section on atmosphere, he demonstrates how to make the most of mist and rain, as well as how to create the effect of space and distance.

    Although he treats them separately, all of the subjects link together and you'll soon be getting the passion and inspiration that David says are as important as composition for a successful painting. Generously illustrated and superbly reproduced, this is one of David's most instructive books.

    Book: Search Press . Paperback . 80 Pages . Colour throughout Learn More

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