Image above - minds of all ages can learn to paint!

Three day workshop. 2024. MAY 16-17-18, 2024.

Demonstration Painting May 15, 2024. National Sports Centre, Lilleshall. 



2 projects - 3 days. Includes special techniques teaching.  


Who does the course suit?  

Beginner, never beforer, start-againer, always wanted to, never got around to it,  never had the time, too busy with my grandchildren, someone who is quite good / good / very good, or another category which you feel you are in but which I haven't thought of yet - please let me know how you feel because I can probably be of great assistance to you. If you are in one of these or any other conceivable category, you will be welcomed, respected and assisted in all possible ways.   


Simple way of painting water to look wet. Water and Landscape. Complete painting. Proceed at your own pace with step by step demonstrations and one to one guidance. You will be enabled to complete a river painting. All the building blocks of watercolour are in this one.  


Following these simple steps will enable you to create something which looks bright and dazzling. You will also be enabled to paint this as any other scene in the world. For example, this simple harbour scene can be converted into the King Charles Bridge in Spain, a Venetian Sunset, English Tudor Cottages, a Scottish Loch, a Castle on the Frontera Espagna, or many other subjects. 


When the two painting projects are completed, we will explore several different techniques with step by step guided teaching. We will produce small images of beach shingle, foreground foliage, underwater stones and sparkle effect. You will see the steps and try them yourself. Don't forget to come with questions. Which techniques would you like to learn? What would you like to be able to paint? I can demonstrate anything quickly, number of requests permitting. This could include people, children, faces and animals for example - almost anything. Sometimes people like to bring their own material so I can show them how to paint it in a few minutes while others gather round. Its usually handling a problem area with a simple solution. You could bring your own images or photos to work from. Sometimes people like to bring a photo of a child or grandchild - at the time of writing this, the last one I did was a child on a beach from a small photo by her grandmother - it just took a few minutes to paint but I was able to put that method in people's minds forever - it is so much easier to remember something you have seen demonstrated in a small friendly group like this, while answering everyone's questions. 

                                                                                Joe Dowden, March 2023

Above. Mona Omrani at IWM2022

Below. Patricia Guzman at IWM in May 2022

Below. Mona Omrani. May 2022

Image above. Iwasaki Nagi, from a long line of young Japanese Master watercolourists in the vast and comfortable interior of possibly Britain's biggest ever dedicated watercolour exhibition space.

Before this event, the record holders were probably the Park Lane and Dorchester Hotels in London for their hosting of annual World of Drawings and Watercolours in the early 1990's.

The biggest space I have ever exhibited in was the Frankfurt Messe global paper fair, but that was not just watercolour paper. IWM2024 remains the largest British space for exhibiting watercolour, and does so in a single chamber without ante rooms.         


Mona Omrani is a Master Watercolourist and one of the World's leading Automotive Painting demonstrators.

The Biennial INTERNATIONAL WATERCOLOUR MASTERS Exhibition is held for two weeks in May once every two years. It is a massive event, Britain's biggest single watercolour show, and biggest watercolour exhibition in the British Isles in a number of areas; the number of countries represented, numbers of international masters, footfall, public engagement, and sales of watercolours. These factors combined, as well as its award wining curation and its organisation, make this one of the premier watercolour painting events in the world, not just the UK. It is two weeks filled with masterclasses and demonstrations by some of the world's greatest living watercolour painters. It has become the first global platform in the UK for international watercolour painters to meet each other, as well as the public. Although the visiting artists usually have extensive global travel behind them, IWM is often their first visit to the UK. IWM2024 is a registered brand, owned by the internationally renowned English watercolour master, David Poxon. "International Watercolour Masters" has become a global brand. 

Italian master Pascalino Fracasso.  

In 2024 I will demonstrate complete detailed landscape and seascape paintings. This will be for all levels, including beginners, but if you are an experienced watercolourist or even a professional, I can promise something for you too. My masterclass will cover landscape and seascape painting. There will be two thoroughly prepared stand-alone projects enabling the completion of realist watercolours of a River Scene, and a golden tidal scene, covering special techniques for these paintings and more.


My 3 day masterclass in 2022. In 2024 we will be doing two simple watercolours and special techniques.  

My 2022 three-day workshops were held at the National Sports Centre, Lilleshall Hall, Telford. 


Many global masters attended, exhibited, demonstrated and ran masterclasses. Some had waited years for this chance to meet these masters. Even with predicted high numbers, the national sports centre was taken by surprise at the numbers. Nevertheless, despite it being a new experience, the venue operators excelled. They were more than capable of giving these large numbers space, somewhere to sit down, and provide many facilities including free parking. With vast traditional gardens to wander, David Poxon's wisdom in selecting this venue was vindicated. The national sports centre is a beautiful location with easy access from the whole of the UK, and was able to comfortably absorb higher than predicted numbers of people arriving from every corner of the UK and around the world.


On a personal note, I witnessed Eudes Correia running a class, with maybe six or more of the students doing figurative paintings to the UK national standard for professional figurative painters. It was quite an extraordinary sight. My own classes are already getting rapidly filled, at time of writing this on March the 8th, 2023.   

I have worked with many of these painters in Asia, China and other countries but with the exception of Michal Jasiewicz, I have never seen any of them in the UK.  To see so many, one after the other, without having to get on a long-haul flight, was amazing. I have been shown so much hospitality around the world, and now I had the chance to reciprocate.

It was a tremendous occasion, one of the best in my working life. The organisation was superb. Thank you, David Poxon!


David Poxon, Global Watercolour Master exhibiting in many countries. The creative inventor of International Watercolour Masters. The term "International Watercolour Masters" belongs to the organisers of the exhibitions held under this title. The International Watercolour Masters Exhibition is one of the largest watercolour exhibitions in the western world and one of the most prestigious globally.

It is an international watercolour event held in the British Isles with award winning curation dedicated to exhibiting the best global watercolour works. Masters from every corner of the globe exhibit, teach, demonstrate and meet everyone at Britain's premier watercolour event. As well as exhibiting established masters, the exhibition actively seeks to showcase new talent through open competitions to exhibit in the Exhibition alongside over 42 global masters who will be present at International Watercolour Masters 2024.

International Watercolour Masters - IWM2024 - is the brainchild of David Poxon RI. It is an internationally registered brand and has become the premier watercolour event on the British art calendar. It is a major global exhibition, known to watercolour painters throughout the world, with exhibitors from all continents. It is entirely independent, and centres on the love of watercolour. It unites people and painters of multiple nationalities. It becomes a combined exhibition and teaching centre for its duration, featuring the highest number of workshops and demonstrations available anywhere, delivered entirely by widely accredited masters. With free and easy parking, good access for all in Britain, it is reasonably central to the UK though being situated in vast sprawling landscaped grounds deep in England's most rural county - Shropshire.         



I will appear at the International Watercolour Masters 2024.

Joe Dowden 

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