Explorations in Watercolour

Watercolour Painting - From the Traditional to Modern

The 2019 explorations in watercolour course will explore both tradtional as well as modern techniquesThe course is a six-day exploration into watercolour that will look at theory and then offer practical applications to techniques from traditional techniques up to modern contemporary processes. Participants will have many opportunities to begin to master these skills under the watchful eye of our resident tutor Dr, Rocío Aguilar-Nuevo. In addition she will guide students through selected artworks at some of the great art galleries around Turin.

Where: Turin (Torino), Italy
When:  14th – 19th April 2019
Tutor: Rocío Aguilar-Nuevo
Focus: Watercolour techniques from Renaissance to Contemporary
Participants: From beginner to advanced welcome

Deadline to book: 15th March 2019

Rocio has lived and worked in Italy we are delighted she is hosting the watercolour course

Explorations in Watercolour

Watercolour Painting by Rocio Aguiliar-Nuevo the Tutor for the Explorations in Watercolour TEC course 2019Watercolour painting began with the invention of paper in China shortly after 100BC. In the 12th Century, the Arabs introduced the manufacture of paper to Spain and the technology spread to Italy decades later. Some of the oldest paper manufacturers include Fabriano (in Italy), opened in 1276, and Arches (in France), opened in 1492. 

The forerunner of watercolour in Europe was the fresco-mural painting using pigments in an aqueous medium on wet plaster. A good example of fresco is the ceiling of the Sistine chapel, begun in 1508 and completed in 1514. 

The course is a six-day programme in which watercolour techniques will be explored as well as key Italian painters such as Raffaello Sanzio, the first painter to use these techniques in Europe.  

We will learn to prepare the paper, to draw the preparatory sketches, and the basics to apply colours. After, we will explore different watercolour techniques to create astonishing personal artworks.

Overview of each day

Saturday 13th April

arrival and check-in

Sunday 14th April

Morning Tutorial: The Techniques – Learning about the techniques

Afternoon, workshop: Preparing the materials.

Monday 15th April

Morning Tutorial: Perspective and Composition.

Afternoon, workshop: Doing the first sketch

Tuesday 16th April

Morning workshop: Painting with Watercolours

Afternoon, Gallery visit: Exploring Italian Masters

Wednesday 17th April

Morning Tutorial: The Techniques – Learning about contemporary techniques

Afternoon, workshop: painting with watercolours.

Thursday 18th April

Morning Gallery Visit: Studying different paintings by Piedmont artists

Afternoon, Workshop: Painting with watercolours

Friday 19th April

All day Workshop: Painting with watercolours


Rocío Aguilar-Nuevo

TEC is delighted to collaborate with the accomplished teacher Rocío Aguiliar-Nuevo for Explorations in WatercolourTEC is delighted to be collaborating with Rocío Aguilar-Nuevo (PhD) on this fabulous project. Described by her former students as “dedicated, innovative and engaging” she encourages them out of their comfort-zone and able to challenge them to try something new.

TEC is delighted that Rocio Aguiliar-Nuevo will be Tutoring the Explorations in Watercolour Course 2019Rocío is a well-respected artist, educator and researcher who is fluent in Spanish, English and Italian. She holds a BFA, a MA in Art History and Administration and Cultural Practices from the University of Glasgow and a PhD in Fine Arts Contemporary Cultures from the University of Seville. She has also worked in the UK, and Italy and has collaborated with internationally renowned institutions such as Christie’s Auction House, Photo Library Lebrecht, and the Castello di Rvioli. 

DETAIL a work of art by Rocio Aguiliar-Nuevo who is tutoring the TEC Explorations in WatercolourAdditionally, Rocío is currently a Department Chair, and Professor at the Arts Schools of the Andalusian Government, and she has also recently worked for the European Union as an expert for the Marie Curie Actions. 

Rocío’s research focuses on colour impact in visual culture, and the intersections between innovation and creativity. She is currently implementing scientifically proven creative techniques to spark innovation in institutions ranging from SMEs, schools, foundations, and Public Administrations with a significant success. 

Torino & Venues

Palazzo Reale in the centre of Torino was the principle Palace of the Savoy Royal FamilyTorino is the birth-place of modern Italy. In 1861 the various kingdoms, principalities and states that make up Italy were unified in to one kingdom. The first parliament of Italy was hosted in Torino where it remained until the 1870s when it had a brief spell in Florence, before moving to its permanent seat in Rome. However, Torino and the province of Torino in the Region of Piedmont, remained the home to the Italian Royal Family, the House of Savoia. 

The Savoia royal family influenced the development of Torino from the middle of the 17th Century up until the middle of the 20th Century. During this time, they amassed a great collection of art and historically significant pieces. A number of these treasures are on display in the various royal palaces and museums in the local area.

Collegio di San Giuseppe

The Calligraphy workshop will be hosted at the San Giuseppe Collegio TorinoTEC is pleased to have a very close relationship with the Collegio San Giuseppe, and we are pleased to work closely with the college on several different activities.

The Collegio is in a magnificent location in the beating heart of the city. Just a short walk from the main station (Torino Porta Nuova) and the many shops, restaurants and bars, museums and palaces that make up this wonderful city.

Participants who are staying with TEC during the workshop will be staying on-site in either single or twin bed on-suite rooms. Rooms include breakfast, and the workshop will include lunch at the Collegio.

In the evening you will be able to explore more of the city. 


Torino is a city with its origins in Roman times when it was developed as a trading post. It has seen many periods of rebirth and redevelopment over the years, including as the first capital city of the unified Italy, in 1861.
Workshop participants will be able to explore the city in the evenings after the workshop has finished. There are many great places to visit, bars and restaurants that have long history as well as many more contemporary offerings.


TEC is delighted to offer this great opportunity to explore watercolour techniques with a well-respected international Artist and Art Teacher. We are limited to 15 places, once these are filled, we will open a waiting list.

Workshop Fees:

Standard Package:

1400€ per person

  • Seven nights of bed and breakfast accommodation at the Collegio San Giuseppe, Torino in a single on-suite room. (*) 
  • Six day of workshops with our resident tutor 
  • Two entrances museum entrances 
  • Six lunches 
  • All art materials required for the event
  •  Additional help with evening activities

Special Rate Options:

If you would like to participate on the course with a friend or partner, we are pleased to offer a special rate of 1300€ per person for participants who wish to share a twin room.
At the time of booking you will be required to give the name and email address of the second participant so that we can contact them to confirm their booking. 

We understand that sometimes it can be great to travel with your loved one, but they may not be interest in attending the course. We are pleased to offer a special rate for a couple, with one full participant (as outlined above) joined by a partner.  

The full participant will include all the benefits above in the main package
They will share an on-suite twin room with their partner.  
The accompanying partner will be on a bed-and-breakfast basis only.  
If accompanying partner wish to attend the course lunch, there will be an additional charge of 15€ per meal.

How to book your place

  • Complete the form below will let us know you are interested
  • You will then receive an email with instructions on how to pay 420€ deposit to book your place
  • The rest of the fee must be paid no later than 23rd March.
  • See the terms and conditions for more information

Explorations in Watercolour

in Collaboration with

Rocío Aguiliar-Nuevo (PhD)