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Learn the techniques of contemporary watercolour! This class presents a broad range of subjects and techniques aimed to build your proficiency and confidence with watercolour through a variety of projects including still life, portrait and landscape subjects. Classes will cover a broad range of watercolour techniques with reference to appropriate contemporary and historical artists.

Each week you will be presented with a new approach to watercolour, covering everything from bold loose applications, to highly detailed miniatures and monotypes.

Gain confidence in watercolour, while receiving practical guidance that responds to your interests and encourages the development of a personal painting language.

Course outline

  • Week 1: Introduction to Materials and Colour Theory (Still Life)
  • Week 2: Colour Mixing, Washes and Tonal Values (Urban Landscape)
  • Week 3: Composition, Drawing Skills and Painting from Life (Still Life)
  • Week 4: Brush Techniques and Photographic Technologies (Miniature Painting)
  • Week 5: Mixing Skin Tones and Portrait Painting (Portrait)
  • Week 6: Experimental techniques (Monotype)

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course you should:

  • have an expanded knowledge of watercolour materials, techniques and processes
  • have a greater appreciation of contemporary watercolour artists and their historical contexts
  • have increased confidence to produce their own works independently
  • have greater proficiency in colour mixing, building compositions, establishing tonal values and drawing from life.

Who should enrol

This course is open to all skill levels.



Artist quality pigments are preferable, otherwise good quality student pigments are okay (e.g. Winsor & Newton Cotman). I also recommend watercolour tubes over pans as these will be more versatile.

  • Warm (Cadmium Yellow) and cool (Cadmium Lemon) yellows
  • Warm (Cadmium Red) and cool (Permanent Alizarin Crimson) reds
  • Warm (Ultramarine) and cool (Cerulean) blues
  • Earthy hues such as Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber


  • A range of soft watercolour brushes, mostly rounds and a few flat - natural fibres are best, followed by good quality synthetics
  • One small round brush with a fine point


  • Five sheets of A3 cotton rag watercolour paper - 140lb/300gsm or heavier (rough and hot press (smooth))


  • Lead pencils, sharpener, ruler, eraser, watercolour pencil (pale blue or grey)
  • Paper towel
  • Reusable water container
  • Reusable or disposable palette
  • Spray bottle