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In-person classCOVID-19 SecureMindful Watercolour and Gouache Painting class for beginners
5(20 reviews)
Learn to paint a beautifully handmade artwork from scratch
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£35 pp
2 hour class
Beginner
What happens in this class?

Watercolour paint is super versatile and a perfect medium for Painting beginners.

The teacher for this workshop, Irene, particularly loves how colours can be mixed and blended within this medium and how effects can be created by adding more or less water to the paint.

In this class you will use a different reference picture and paint together so everyone goes home with a beautiful handmade painting.

There is no need to bring any drawing/painting materials as all you need will be provided. Although water paint stains are usually easily to remove from clothes in the washing machine it…

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Things to remember

No need to bring anything, all painting materials will be provided. Drinks are not included and can be purchased at the bar. The class will run in Escape Bar Stratford - this is a 5min walk from Stratford station (excit the station at stratford town centre side and through the old…

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Latest Reviews
5(20 reviews)
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Shivani - March 10th
Small venue but Irene was a lovely teacher and took time with each person. I liked that it was about self expression as opposed to painting something like for like. Definitely recommend for 2 hours of relaxation!
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Lorna - March 4th
I really enjoyed this class and would highly recommend it. Irene style of teaching made it very easy for a beginner like myself to release hidden creativity. Irene is calm, patient and very encouraging. I love the fact that the classes are small, which allowed Irene to give everyone her personal attention. I left the class feeling relaxed, confident and extremely proud of the beautiful artwork that I had created with the guidance and help of amazing teacher. I will definitely be attending more classes!
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Linh Nguyen - February 26th
Very mindful and chilled class, the teacher was helpful, the class size very small and cosy, thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience :)
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Age Requirement

18

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Your Teacher
Teacher

Hi Everyone,

All my workshops are now running online via live stream. Each class will be available to watch back for a period of time after (probably for about a week depending on capacity on my website). I also run a daily art class for kids for FREE each day at 10am.

Makings and Musings was born out of the wish to create a space where everyone was welcome to join and create. A space where stress ebbs away and where mindspace is born. Irene is an illustrator from Holland who lives and works in London. Her work focusses on…

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Reviews

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Shivani - March 10th
Small venue but Irene was a lovely teacher and took time with each person. I liked that it was about self expression as opposed to painting something like for like. Definitely recommend for 2 hours of relaxation!
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Lorna - March 4th
I really enjoyed this class and would highly recommend it. Irene style of teaching made it very easy for a beginner like myself to release hidden creativity. Irene is calm, patient and very encouraging. I love the fact that the classes are small, which allowed Irene to give everyone her personal attention. I left the class feeling relaxed, confident and extremely proud of the beautiful artwork that I had created with the guidance and help of amazing teacher. I will definitely be attending more classes!
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Linh Nguyen - February 26th
Very mindful and chilled class, the teacher was helpful, the class size very small and cosy, thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience :)
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Costanza - January 29th
Last Monday it was my first art class with Makings&Musings. I really like what I chose to learn that day (Gouache watercolour technique). I found Irene, the teacher, very nice and talented. During the class she paid attention on what I was doing, giving me inspiration and advice in order to perform the technique in the correct way. I really appreciated this. More, the atmosphere was very relaxing with a musical background. This led me to be more involved with drawing by using my imagination. So, I strongly recommend anyone this class!
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Daisy - January 23rd
I had a really great time at my watercolour class in Stratford. I’m often quite nervous going to classes for the first time but it was a really safe space to create at your own ability, with Irene to guide you all the way. The class size was not too big and everyone was lovely. We created two beautiful designs with all the paints, materials (and biscuits!) provided, with plenty of examples of Irene’s own artwork to guide us, and a clear demonstration from her. The only thing was the venue was a bit hard to find, but that could be my hopeless sense of direction! Other than that would 100% recommend :)
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Anne - November 23rd
So much fun doing this class with friends. Irene was a brilliant teacher, giving instuction but also freedom to make the pictures our own and allowing even someone as lacking in artistic talent as myself to go home with a picture that looks like it should. Highly recommended
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Stefan Trinder - October 3rd
Loved this session. Teacher was super helpful and helped me create something I never thought I'd be able to
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Anne - October 2nd
Irena was such an amazing teacher. Made the class so much fun but also allowed me to leave with a picture I was really quite proud of. Highly recommended.
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Steve Thompson - October 2nd
Irene was a great tutor - the whole class was friendly, fun and I learnt a huge amount. Will definitely be returning.
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Isabella - September 10th
Another fantastic class with Irene. This time it was watercolour paintings. Irene is a fantastic teacher - patient and knowledgable. She had time for everybody in the class and made sure we all felt confident in what we were doing. I can’t wait to do another!
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Bea - August 20th
If there’s one thing learnt in this class is that literally everyone can paint and create impressive artworks as long as she/he has been given the right tools and the right teacher. Irene definitely was the perfect instructor for me. She is very mindful and loving, exactly what you need after a long and stressful day at work. I learnt a lot about water colours and I’m very happy with the outcome, the painting I created and took home with me. Everyone’s paintings were amazing to be honest and most of us haven’t held a brush in years, some not since childhood. I cannot recommend Irene’s classes highly enough and I’m really looking forward to creating my next artwork with her!
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Jess - August 14th
The class was hugely enjoyable and informative. The teacher was very clear and helpful. I learnt much more than I had anticipated and came away with two paintings which I was pleasantly surprised at how they looked. The venue is above a pub and the room had a peaceful and cosy feel. Very suited to learning. I will definitely be going again.
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jess - August 13th
I really enjoyed this class. The teacher is lovely and helpful, clear and inspiring I came away with two paintings and feeling very relaxed. Will definitely be going again. Can't wait.
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Alice Elizabeth Lewis-Jones - August 3rd
I throughly enjoyed our water colouring workshop this evening. Irene, our tutor, inspired us to explore with the many colours we had to choose from and the different techniques that she uses. I was happy that I was able to go home with a painting that I was proud of. The venue was fun and friendly too. Looking forward to attending another one of your classes very soon.
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Alice Elizabeth Lewis-Jones - August 3rd
I throughly enjoyed our water colouring workshop this evening. Irene, our tutor, inspired us to explore with the many colours we had to choose from and the different techniques that she uses. I was happy that I was able to go home with a painting that I was proud of. The venue was fun and friendly too. Looking forward to attending another one of your classes very soon.
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Andy Green - August 2nd
Really enjoyed revisiting watercolour painting with Irene and the group on Monday's class. It was such a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and Irene is a very friendly and patient tutor. I'd previously not used watercolour's (gouash paints) since upper school, so I was more then a little rusty, but I was really pleased with what myself and the rest of the group were able to achieve with Irene's guidance. The lesson was well paced and well structured and I'd recommend it to anyone, especially beginners and hobbyists.
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Owen - July 10th
This was a fun and inspiring class - all materials were provided, along with plenty of inspiration, and no experience is necessary. I hadn't painted since school, but before I knew it Irene had me blending colours and creating a work I could be proud of. The class size ensured plenty of individual time with the teacher and everything was explained clearly and at a relaxed pace. The location is great, a nice airy room with a relaxing atmosphere and a good selection of drinks at the bar downstairs.
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Catalina - July 5th
Such a lovely host and class. Irene is warm and friendly, and is really good at sharing her passion for creative tjings with everyone. I will definitely go back to other classes. Thank you!
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Eda - July 1st
I really enjoyed the painting class with Irene. I don't feel very confident about my artistic skills but Irene was very thoughtful and took her time with each of us to guide us through the techniques. I also enjoyed that Irene provided different options so we could choose which colour scheme we want to use and which motive we prefer in the center of our art piece :) The group atmosphere was great and after a stressful day at work, I was very happy that I have created an art piece I am now enjoying hanging up the wall at home. Thank you very much Irene and I will definitely book another class with Makings and Musings :)
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Alan - June 30th
You can tell Irene really has a passion for Art and this comes across in her class. She made it fun and instructive and i came away from the class with a picture my kids dont believe i painted. Ill definitely do another class with her.