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During this online course, you will learn about watercolour painting through the active application of various types of techniques, creating a set of artworks over the course of 8 weeks. You will start by learning about basic colour combinations, slowly progressing to more complex techniques.

Each week you will explore different methods of watercolour application, completing a small painting during each lesson. This course will allow you to attain the skills required to paint with watercolour by yourself in a range of different styles, from the comfort of your home.

To enable your learning, you will receive a step-by-step PDF each week as well as other course supporting materials, outlining the techniques and process of the painting you complete and teacher’s feedback throughout the lesson and the duration of the course.

Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction to materials, colours and brush techniques

- Paint a wombat

Week 2: Introduction to colour mixing, blending, and sketching

- Paint Eucalyptus leaves

Week 3: Introduction to Ink and fine liner pen. Application of washes and basic shapes

- Paint a koala

Week 4: Application of fine liner and layering paints. Introduction to composition development and splatter

- Paint a kookaburra

Week 5 and 6: Introduction to landscapes, application of washes, building a composition, lifting wet and dry watercolour, application of light and shade

- Paint an Australian landscape (beach)

- Paint a contracted/stenciled landscape (bush/optional)

Week 7 and 8: Introduction to abstract painting, create textures using household items, application of various material in the creation of abstract painting, culmination of all previously taught techniques.

- Paint an abstract picture under guidance

- Students are to create their own piece of work using previously taught techniques and instructor guidance

Learning outcomes

  • Learn a variety of watercolour techniques and themes
  • Have a basic understanding of colour blending and use of materials
  • Understand painting composition
  • Create 7-8 paintings throughout the duration of the course
  • Have the ability to paint with watercolour by yourself

Who should enrol?

The course is aimed at beginners but is open to all experience levels.

Required materials

  • Watercolour paints: at a minimum a standard pack of 12 colours is recommended, either liquid or dry (Monte Martre is a suitable brand for beginners). Colours should at least include: blue, red, yellow, ochre, crimson (pink), brown, black, green (2 shades)
  • Watercolour paper: A4 paper at 300gsm is recommended (with no less than 240gsm). This course involves a lot of heavy application of water -based paint, making thin pages deteriorate quickly
  • Masking tape: used to tape down paper
  • Brushes:
  •     1 x large, soft, round brush
  •     1 x medium, soft, round brush
  •     1 x small, round brush (soft or hard)
  •     1 x medium, flat brush (optional)
  • Palette: a small palette with 8-12 well will be sufficient. Alternatively, any flat surface will be sufficient
  • Fineliner
  • Paper towel
  • Scrap paper
  • 2B pencil (for sketching)
  • Rubber (hard or soft)
  • Sharpner
  • Reusable water container or plastic cup
  • Personal Electronic Device (Laptop, phone, computer, go pro)

Recommended materials

  • Masking Fluid
  • Small spray bottle of water
  • White acrylic paint
  • Hair dryer
  • Black Ink

Online platform

The course will be run through Zoom

Online resources

  • Step-by-step PDF
  • Moodle resources
  • Teacher feedback (via email)

What our students say

"Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Lots of fun"

"Great value for money"

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