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Every course is suitable for all abilities as everyone is encouraged individually to develop their own work.
The aim is to improve but overall to enjoy creating. All images are provided, just basic watercolour equipment required.
Check out my
public Facebook page, Jane Austin Watercolour, to see work in progress and instructions for some of the classes.
Here is the full list for classes in 2017, apologies for the price increases.

All courses are held at my home, Punch Bowl House, HX3 6UB.
The classes are therefore small and intimate so everyone gets a lot of attention.
With a warm welcome I will challenge you whilst you are having fun and being fed and watered.

All courses now full except some places on Wednesday mornings and evenings starting September. You can contact me if you would like to book a reserve space in case of cancellations.


I am offering four 10 week courses, from the week commencing 27th February.
There will be 6 weeks before a two week Easter break and 4 weeks remaining until Spring Bank.
All courses held at Punch Bowl House, HX3 6UB.
A maximum of 8 places available on each course at a total cost of 70, payable on booking. Refreshments included.

Back by popular demand.
We will be concentrating on the relationship between the sitter and the viewer.

WEDNESDAYS 10-12pm or 7-9pm - FUR & FEATHERS.
Due to demand I will be offering a course in the morning which will then be repeated in the evening to a separate group.
Images will include a tiger and a barn owl.

We will build on skills and techniques to achieve textural qualities within your watercolour painting, mainly through organic subjects and some objects from life.


The day courses each cater for seven people as a maximum and weather permitting can expand out into the garden. Enjoy the individual attention and being treated to lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The courses run from 10 until 4pm at a cost of 35, lunch included, payable on booking.

Wed 26th July - Reflections in Lake Windermere
Fri 28th July - Tiger, tiger!
Sat 29th July - Simplifying a busy street scene with strong shadow
Mon 31st July - The pond life of frogs

Wed 16th Aug - Wild meadows
Fri 18th Aug - Staithes Harbour
Sat 19th Aug - Simply Venice
Mon 21st Aug - Woodland walks

Private group bookings are invited to enquire available dates.
Celebrate an occasion together or just a day out.


I am offering four 10 week courses, from the week commencing 18th September.
There will be 5 weeks before a break at half term, 5 weeks remaining until the end of November.
All courses held at Punch Bowl House, HX3 6UB.
A maximum of 8 places available on each course at a total cost of 75, payable on booking. Refreshments included.

Big country and big skies from home and abroad.

WEDNESDAYS 10-12pm or 7-9pm - INDOORS.
All subjects found indoors, including firelight and still life looking at sources of light.

From intricate work to broad strokes, get to grips with all mark making.

You can contact me about any of these courses through the contact page, email at janewatercolour@aol.com or 01422 353308.

Here are a few testimonials from my artists on past courses.

'I always find your classes friendly, helpful and inspiring. Having attended your 10 week lessons in Northowram and the day classes in your home, I particularly love to come to your home. There is always a warm welcome and the cosier atmosphere and smaller classes are really helpful and enjoyable.' Maureen Craven, Castleford.

'Jane's art classes are not just a lesson. She puts so much thought and work into each class and is so welcoming and relaxed with every person that it is an experience not to be missed. She is full of encouragement, even a total mess and she will find something positive to say!! Sometimes, I look at the subject for that lesson and think what am I doing this for its so boring, but sure enough she makes it so intriguing that you want to finish the painting at home. The day course with an excellent lunch is amazing value and good company when you have time to chat! Because it all takes place in the family home it has a relaxed ambience and only takes a small group which is great.' Jen Dawson, Halifax.

'If you have never painted loosely give it a go and see if it's for you.' Tricia Benson, Norland.

'The Watercolour Art Classes run by Jane are small and friendly and held in her lovely home. She is a very good teacher providing excellent tuition in a friendly manner and a wide range of subject matter which suit beginners and the more experienced.' Margaret West, Northowram.

'I have always enjoyed your classes very much and find your enthusiasm for teaching us shines out, learning in such a close homely atmosphere is both relaxing and therapeutic. Not to mention how much you have taught me, all of which has helped improve my work. The subject matter has always been varied and at times challenging but you always get us there which I admire you for.' Janet Gledhill, Halifax.

'I love that Jane encourages individuality within the class subject matter. Her demonstrations are inspiring.' Stephanie Binns, Halifax.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE. I will also be making some changes after your wonderful suggestions.

Statement of copyright covering all tuition as of 2014.

I will continue to provide my own subject matter for the purpose of tuition but any work produced by participants should only be used as a lesson experience and practice, to then be applied in your own work. No resulting product can be put up for sale without permission, due to withholding copyright on my own images. I apologise wholeheartedly and sincerely hoping that this does not impact on the knowledge and enjoyment you expect from my tuition

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