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Watercolours: examination, processes and care

Date/Time: 3 Oct 2016
Tutor(s): Joyce Townsend
Price(s): £0.00

Places available: 15
Location: Tate Britain
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This one day course (a repeat due to high demand for the course on 3rd June 2016), based on the Tate collection of British watercolours of the Golden Age (1750 – 1850), examines the painting processes of key artists working in watercolour (e.g. John Sell Cotman, J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, Alexander Cozens, Thomas Girtin, William Blake) – giving insight into their techniques and the materials available to them (paper, paint, brushes, other tools etc.). It will also cover both low-budget and more costly ways of identifying materials or inferring their presence, and a discussion on light sensitivity, and implications for collections care.
There will be a series of talks and discussions, and the possibility to view some of the works discussed and to check out the Tate microfadometer.

Joyce Townsend is Senior Conservation Scientist, Tate; co-author of Tate Watercolour Manual (2014); author of Turner’s Painting Techniques (4th edn 2007); editor and contributor to William Blake the Painter at Work (2003)


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