Tutor(s): Joyce Townsend
Places available: 20
Location: Tate Britain
This one day course, based on the Tate collection of British watercolours of the Golden Age (1750 – 1850), examines the painting processes of key artists working in watercolour (J.M.W. Turner and William Blake in particular) – giving insight into their techniques and the materials available to them (paper, paint, brushes, other tools, gums, pigments etc.). It will also cover both low-budget and more costly ways of identifying materials or inferring their presence, and will close with a discussion on light sensitivity, and implications for collections care.
There will be a series of talks and discussions, and a viewing of works by J.M.W. Turner (in the Tate Britain prints and drawing room, which house’s Tate microfadometer), and William Blake (in the permanent Blake display).
Joyce Townsend is Senior Conservation Scientist, Tate; co-author of Tate Watercolour Manual (2014); author of Turner’s Painting Techniques (4th edn 2007) and How Turner Painted: Materials and Techniques (due October 2019); editor and contributor to William Blake the Painter at Work (2003).