Watercolours: examination, processes and care
To: Wednesday 22.04.20
Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester
This one day course, based on 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, William Blake and others.
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 (October 2019); editor and contributor to William Blake the Painter at Work (2003).