Romford artist teaching watercolour painting to the masses

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 October 2015

William newton artist

William newton artist


An artist who has exhibited across the south of England is teaching a monthly watercolour painting workshop in Romford.

Artist William Newton, who hosts watercolour workshops in RomfordArtist William Newton, who hosts watercolour workshops in Romford

William Newton, who has published two books on the subject and is preparing his third, will be on hand at Creative House, Bryant Avenue, to impart his knowledge.

Whether you are just starting out or skilled in the discipline, there is the opportunity for everyone to improve their artistry.

William said: “There are painters of all abilities.

“The class is three hours and I provide a 45-minute demonstration before walking round and helping out.”

William was always top of the art class at school and was offered a scholarship to Central Saint Martins college.

Unfortunately he couldn’t afford to attend and had to go out to work instead.

“I regret not being able to go but my brother, who went there six years earlier, said I didn’t miss much.

“I learnt just as much myself by studying artists who had gone before me including John Sell Cotman, Alfred Munnings and Edward Seago.

“I have a large personal library which is always a source of inspiration and enthusiasm. ”

William worked his way up the corporate ladder, but continued to paint on the side.

Things dramatically changed, however, when he exhibited at Hornchurch Library.

“The show sold out so I went into work the next day and gave in my notice.”

Since becoming a full time artist, William has exhibited at venues including the Barbican and the Guild Hall.

His paintings are held in private and corporate collections around the world, but the job is far from relaxing.

“It’s not when you do it for a living, it’s all-consuming,” he said.

“The bedtime book is usually about painting, the night out is the art club and when I am not painting I am teaching.”

For more information about William’s watercolour painting workshops visit

To buy a book, visit

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