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JOHN HARRISON | Line and Wash Saturday

  • Weavers Factory 13 New Street OL3 6AU United Kingdom (map)

£65.00 - One-day workshop

Saturday 26th October, 2019
10:00am - 4:00


Try your hand at “line and wash” – the creation of a pen and ink sketch tinted with a wash of coloured ink or watercolour – with landscape artist John Harrison. 

You will start the day with an introduction to John’s particular style of line and wash, and the importance he places on drawing and sketching. Weather permitting, there might be an opportunity for a short expedition to find local subjects for observational sketch studies and the taking of reference photographs.

Back in the studio, you will learn more about the use of ink and loose, wet-in-wet washes with demonstrations from John and exercises to try. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to work up a full sized finished painting from a sketch and reference photos from the morning’s outing.

The day will be relaxed and informal with plenty of opportunities to ask questions, share ideas and experiences and pick up hints and tips.

What You Need To Bring

  • Drawing and painting material and equipment: 

  • Watercolour paints and brushes that you usually use

  • Waterproof ink pens:a fine line of around 0.1 or 0.2mm width: I use a Unipin version, but as long as the pen has waterproof ink, it’ll be fine.

  • A rough finish watercolour paper of at least 300g weight, around 15 x 11(quarter imperial size). The rough finish is important in creating textures 

  • NB: if these aren't easily obtainable, John will have supplies of both pens and paper for purchase on the day

  • A sketchbook of any size.

  • A smartphone, iPad or digital camera to take reference photographs



All our workshops are held in the Loom Shop on the second floor of the Weavers Factory. We keep the number of places low to enable our tutors to give each student the right amount of attention, creating both a relaxed and pleasurable experience. Free tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

The Loom Shop: Our large double-height education space is located on the second floor of the Weavers Factory. The large stone mullion windows which were essential for weaving in the 19th Century, give plenty of light for working and wonderful views across Uppermill and Saddleworth Moor. The room is full of original features including Georgian brick walls, fireplaces, oak beams, and Victorian wooden hooks for coats and bags. Course attendants have exclusive use of our private toilet on the first floor.

The Weavers Factory: Our Grade-II listed building is located on New Street in Uppermill, Saddleworth. Unfortunately our listed building status prevents us from making the Loom Shop wheelchair-friendly, please email us before you book if you have any special requirements. 

Getting here: Uppermill is located on the outskirts of Greater Manchester, seven miles from the city centre and less than an hour from Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, Hull, Bradford and Preston. It is easily accessible by both car and public transport. 

Car: Free parking is available in the adjacent New Street Car Park, the nearby Saddleworth Pool and at five other car parks in the centre of Uppermill. (NB: New Street itself is a busy street with a 30-minute limit so please park in the neighbouring streets without time limits)

Manchester Piccadilly to Greenfield (19-min), then 10-minute walk to the gallery Click here
Leeds to Greenfield (48-min), then 10-minute walk to the gallery Click here

180 & 184 (Manchester and Huddersfield) Click here
350 (Ashton-under-Lyne) Click here
352 (Holmfirth) Click here


John is a trained graphic designer with a strong illustrative background. Drawn to pen and ink from and early age, John specialises in painting and sketching using line and wash techniques, and has developed a unique style, not at all like traditional watercolour.

Sketching in a quick, loose style is perfect for on the spot sketches which are worked up into a finished painting and John shares his passion for these techniques with enthusiasm! He is an active member of the Urban Sketchers movement, and loves to work with people of all abilities. 




Instagram: @johnharrison

Twitter: @drawnyorkshire

Weavers Factory Workshop Terms and Conditions

What To Expect
Weavers Factory workshops are designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, time and guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences - you can even leave us to clear up the mess! Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits. For full-day courses you will begin your session at the appointed time and there will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. We do not provide lunch but feel free to bring your own food and sit in the garden (weather permitting) or relax in one of our lovely art galleries. There are some great cafes in the village; you can have a nice lunch at The Reclamation Room, or lovely tea and cake at the Cake Kitchen. Finish time is given as a target – there is some flexibility depending on how your work is progressing and depending on the tutor and the group. We aim for your time with us to be a real treat; you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that, so we make sure you’re looked after in a high-quality environment with good company and inspirational tutors.

What You Need To Bring With You
This varies from workshops to workshop, please see specific workshop information above.

If you cancel
If you change your mind within 14 days of booking or purchasing a gift voucher you are entitled to a full refund according to the Consumer Credit Act. If you change your mind more than 14 days after booking we will be more than happy to transfer your full fee to any other workshop (if places are available) providing that it is not within 3 weeks of the start of the workshop. If you wish to cancel your booking at any time more than 3 weeks prior to the date of the workshop your fee will be refunded minus a 20% administration charge, alternatively you can transfer the full fee to something else without penalty. If you are cancelling a place which has been booked using a gift voucher, a cash refund cannot be made. However, up to 3 weeks prior to the workshop the voucher can be transferred to something else. After that, normal cancellation terms apply. No refunds or transfers can be made to anyone who cancels less than 3 weeks prior to the date of the workshop, however you are free to send a substitute. If we are able to resell your cancelled place within 3 weeks of the workshop we will refund your fee minus a 20% administration charge.

If we cancel
In the unlikely event that The Weavers Factory needs to cancel a workshop for any reason you will receive a full refund of the fees paid or we can transfer the value to another workshop, subject to availability.

Please note as we are a small private organisation who receive no funded support our viability is finely-balanced because of our commitment to provide the best experience possible at the most affordable price. To achieve this for all our customers, we have to enforce a rigid cancellation policy, or risk price increases to everyone. This seems only fair, especially when workshops are in such demand.

Earlier Event: September 28
HAYLEY McCORMACK | Lampshade Making
Later Event: October 27
JOHN HARRISON | Line and Wash Sunday