Figures on the Beach with Hazel Soan

In this 3-hour LIVE online workshop renowned watercolour artist Hazel Soan will guide students through her process for painting figures against a landscape during 3 exercises that increase slightly in difficulty. Students will learn how to create watercolour paintings of figures when they are in silhouette against a light background, when they are bathed in sunlight and when they are an afterthought. You will get an over-the-shoulder view of Hazel's sketch and can paint along with Hazel using the reference photos provided. At the end of the workshop you will have completed 3 watercolour paintings.

Hazel Soan

Hazel trained at the Camberwell College of Arts and the Leicester College of Art. When London’s National Portrait Gallery acquired work by Hazel Soan, it was seen as an official endorsement of her skill and recognition of her life in art. She has exhibited worldwide and is well-known for her role as an Art Expert on Channel 4’s popular daytime television programme Watercolour Challenge and for her two series’ of Splash of Colour, made by Anglia TV. Hazel is a bestselling author of numerous highly regarded art tutorial books including Learn to Paint People Quickly. Hazel resides in London and is currently exhibiting at the M1 Fine Art Gallery in London.

What Time Does this Workshop Start in Your Time Zone?

Below are a few time zones. If you do not live in one of these time zones, click HERE for a time zone converter. 

New York 1:00PM
Los Angeles 10:00AM
London, UK 6:00PM
Johannesburg 7:00PM


Workshop Stages 

This workshop will be divided into 3 exercises and you will learn:

  1. how to paint figures when they are in silhouette against a light background
  2. how to paint figures when they are in sunlight against a dark background 
  3. how to add figures to a completed watercolour

How to Enroll in this LIVE event

This 3-hour LIVE EVENT will be hosted on Zoom webinar. Please leave at checkout the email you will use to access this webinar on Zoom.

You will be sent a link to access this event on August 5. Please test the link to ensure that you can access this workshop.

24/7 Lifetime Access

Included in this LIVE EVENT is access to the recorded online workshop that you can re-watch as often as you like 24/7. The recorded workshop will be hosted on Ruzuku. You will be sent an email inviting you to enroll in the recorded online workshop about a week after the live event. It is free. Please leave at checkout the email you will use to access this webinar on Ruzuku.



Supply List 

For your information and guide, Hazel will be using 100% cotton paper and an enamel palette of pans and tubes of Schmincke colours and sable brushes. Watercolour colours used in this course: 
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Burnt sienna
  • Raw umber
  • Cadmium Red
  • Ruby Red (permanent rose)
  • Titanium white
You will need 3 separate sheets of watercolour paper because you will be making 3 watercolour paintings.
A pencil and eraser.
Watercolour brushes:
  • size 6 round
  • size 8 round
  • size 10 round
  • a flat brush
  • size 6 rigger

Reference Photos 

We will be using five reference photos for this workshop that will be sent to participants 2 days before the event (on August 5) along with the link to access the workshop.

Recommendations from Previous Workshops

"The workshop with Hazel was amazing! Thank you so much. I plan to keep adding workshops with your organization in this way even though it means a 3:30am wake up for me here in the islands! I hope to see more offered of Hazel, her teaching style is very good."--Sonja 


"Oh my gracious I was in my element ! Loved every minute of the live zoom! When we were starting I was excited yet nervous in attending the zoom with Hazel as she is famous! Please tell her I loved every minute of it."--Carol


"I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed participating in Hazel's Figure Painting Workshop this afternoon.  It was such an inspiration to watch Hazel at work and to paint alongside her...Hazel is far and away my favourite watercolour artist. I feel I learnt such a lot from the experience and I can't wait to watch the film when it's ready as there was so much to take in!  Hazel just fills me with enthusiasm to paint and she has the most incredible gift to explain both the science and the art of the painting process! Three and a half hours have never flown so quickly."--Ann


Thank you for hosting that excellent demonstration by Hazel. It may have been the best Valentine’s gift I have ever received from my husband, lol! Heading up to paint now!"--Jan


"That was Awesome. Learned a lot."-- Irene


"That was amazing. I have tried but long way to go! Thank you."--Bala


"Thankyou! That was wonderful!"--Sys


"Thank you for organizing this event. It was incredible to be able to paint with Hazel! The event was professionally run - also a delight!"--Pamela


"I really enjoyed the workshop today.  It was excellent. The sound and visuals were great. The pace was great and she is an excellent teacher.  I learned quite a lot."--Aimee


"Thank you for yesterdays course, it was amazing."--Zsuzsanna


"Thank you for the session yesterday. Thoroughly enjoyed it and to be with dear cheerful and always smiling Hazel was a joy...I understand every word you say about the absolute joy of painting and losing oneself in it. Thank you for sharing your this love with us all."--Lynne


"Thank you for an amazing workshop yesterday."--Dora


"Thank you for a wonderful painting experience with Hazel Soan yesterday.  Look forward to doing it again at a slower pace when we get the recording."--Cindy


"She really is exceptional... I have a number of her books now and love them. I feel I may have taken another step up the ladder after her course."-- Irene


“What an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday morning!  Thank you, Hazel, for this wonderfully informative session.  I look forward to watching the video.”--Barbara


“Many thanks!! Great topic! We want more!!”--Marla


“Thank you so much - has been brilliant! Hazel's work is always inspirational. Yes, please, more workshops with Hazel!!”--Katherine


“Lots of really useful information, Hazel, thank you so much for a great workshop today!  And thank you to Brenda for putting this together. Best wishes from Toronto!”--Suzanne


“it was great fun attending it.”—Sonal


“Thank you Hazel this was wonderful! I look forward to Part II on Figures!”—Laura


“Thank you for a wonderful day. I travelled years ago to London to a Hazel workshop, this was even better! Thank you!”—Anne


“Thank you. That was wonderful. Glad we will have the video to rewatch!”—Susan


“Wonderful workshop Hazel! Enjoyed it very much and learnt a lot! Thank you for organizing it Brenda!”--Sandra


“Fantastic! thank you very much!”--Maria


“LOVED this workshop!”--Genie


“Excellent. Thank you very much, Hazel. I have long admired your work. Delighted to see and hear you in person.”--John


“Fantastic session. I find that I always learn an incredible amount from Hazel, whether in her books or this valuable online class. Thank you!!”—Jan


“Thank for the workshop. it was very inspiring.”--Agnieska


"Thank you very much for organising this workshop. I really enjoyed it and I think it has helped me to think about light and colour in all my work."--Sandra


"Thanks for the workshop, Painting Figures Quickly. It was easy to follow the instructions and I was inspired to learn more about warercolour. I admire Hazel Soan's way to paint and how she uses the colours."--Kristina


"I thoroughly enjoyed the course yesterday! Thank you so much for organizing it. I received so much inspiration, I enjoyed practicing alongside the video and I feel I have got a wonderful start to continuing my practice of painting figures quickly. I do not feel as inhibited about painting figures now and I shall enjoy trying it on live figures. The course was so well presented by both of you. 
I would love to join again and I am particularly interested in figures in a landscape, i.e. on a beach, as suggested by you. Thank you again and best wishes."


"Thank you Ms Soan for a very enjoyable and learning experience. I tried to keep up but we’re mesmerised by the expert way you handled everything! Looking forward to having the material of the workshop to practice some more!"-- Liezel


"I would like to say how much I enjoyed the workshop. I learned so much about painting figures and liked how the class was intertactive. Hazel is an excellent teacher and I look forward to more of her online workshops. It was well presented and a great success all round."--Yvette