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Tue 13 Oct 2020 - Tue 08 Dec 2020

06:30PM - 08:30PM

8 Sessions
8 spots remaining.

This class will be delivered online.

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 enroll?

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)

No dates are currently scheduled.

Apply flair and style with confidence as you learn to draw more accurately in this timeless and fundamental art form. Discover a range of concepts including negative space drawing and relative measure, as well as techniques using pencils, charcoal, and inks.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: General introductory exercises - learn important technical information and some frequently asked questions while moving on to negative space drawing exercises.
  • Topic 2a: Still life drawing - you will learn reverse image drawing and simple object drawing using relative measures, negative space, and asymmetric connections
  • Topic 2b: Still life drawing - you will be introduced to drawing shapes through and charcoal techniques
  • Topic 3: Drawing the landscape - the focus will be on learning and practising tonal drawing through exercises
  • Topic 4: Life drawing - you will be introduced to life drawing while focussing on negative space and relative measures
  • Topic 5: Portrait drawing - you will learn about portrait drawing including oversize drawing techniques using compressed and willow charcoal.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, you should:

  • understand key technical aspects of drawing including; negative space, relative measure, asymmetrical point connections, drawing size ratios, composition, and quality of line
  • understand and use thinking techniques relevant to drawing including: drawing from a specific point and relating the rest of the drawing proportionally to this point, looking for what is 'unfamiliar and distinctive' in the subject, and using this as the starting point, understanding what 'flow' is and how to get it, and using time wisely in relation to your subject and your drawing
  • have learnt to appreciate and understand key moments in art, from the 19th and 20th Cs including; famous artists and their techniques from this period and the different ideas represented by different artistic movements from this period.

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone at any level who want to learn to draw or improve their drawing skills, particularly with regard to accuracy.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Teacher: Chan Dissanayake

Learn about all aspects of watercolour technique – colour mixes, intensity and washes, composition and drawing – by creating small, simple paintings. Experiment with materials and the medium, in this fun and easy going class.

Watercolour is a lifelong creative medium, as you can find endless new ways to use it. The perplexities of watercolour are best understood by knowing its fundamentals. The most captivating and intricate watercolour is composed of few simple techniques.

With many demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will gain a wider appreciation and understanding of the medium of watercolour which will help you build your confidence to proceed to the next level. Following the fundamental skills you will learn four critical aspects of the watercolourist: Planning, Drawing, Timing and incorporating Figures into Landscapes.

During each session, a small painting will be completed. You will be guided through a demonstration of painting techniques. An explanation will be given of the first washes and as these dry, you will attempt you own first washes. The tutor then continues to demonstrate the painting, stopping at each stage allowing you to catch up and provide help.

Course outline

  • Topic1: Introduction to Watercolour Materials
  • Topic 2: Properties of Colour
  • Topic 3: Washes
  • Topic 4: Tonal Values
  • Topic 5: Watercolour Techniques
  • Topic 6: Planning and Design

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course,  you should:

  • Become familiar with the medium and watercolour techniques
  • Be able to plan an approach and method to complete a painting
  • Learn different subjects
  • Create fresh and lively paintings
  • Obtain a series of paintings at the end of the course.

Who should enrol

The beginner watercolourist.

What past participants had to say

"I was excited but a bit anxious about attending this course since I'd never really done any art. But the way the course was structured, the teacher's approach and the general class atmosphere encouraged my confidence to experiment and explore - and to have fun. Simply observing the teacher paint a subject and then doing so myself was a very rich learning experience. "

Course materials

For those not already equipped with their own kit, we make the following suggestions:  Purchase "artist quality" pigments as cheap paints have much less intensity or colour and you end up using more paint.


  • At least one of each of the bright primary colours of red, yellow and blue (eg permanent crimson or bright red, cad yellow or gamboge, cobalt or ultramarine)
  • At least two of more earth colours, especially Venetian (or light Indian), red, raw sienna and burnt sienna


  • Rag paper (cotton derived and acid-free) is a must - the tougher the better. Best values is to buy full-size sheets (not blocks or pads)
  • If you have 300gsm paper, a 1/4 or 1/8 sheet can be edge-taped to a board using a good quality masking tape such as sellotape
  • Bring along loose 1/4 sheets if you wish to copy any drawings (tracing over a light box)
  • Purchase both rough and smooth paper as this will provide for the different paintings you will create


  • You need large soft brushes - a 2" goat hair hake and a sharp no. 12
  • A range of other brushes will be available for you to use
  • If you wish to purchase further brushes, the longer the hair the better as it holds more paint


  • The larger the palette the better. Square shapes with many compartments are ideal. A few spares will be available until you are able to purchase your own
No dates are currently scheduled.

Teacher: Kirrily Humphries

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

No dates are currently scheduled.

Presenter: John Vance

Learn different oil painting techniques and concepts, including colour mixing and composition while exploring a range of themes such as still life, landscape and portrait painting as you’re exposed to works of artists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: General introduction: you will be introduced to the important technical information of oil painting and the relevant drawing techniques. You will work on still life painting teaching important techniques of painting models and learning to develop accuracy
  • Topic 2: Still life and colour: you will once again work on a still life project, but this time focussing on colour. You will learn to understand tertiary colour and how to colour match.
  • Topic 3: Landscape painting: you will learn about and to paint 'alla prima'. You will learn to develop an understanding of how colours mix naturally when painting onto a wet ground. You will also discover to paint quickly without worrying about accuracy and preliminary drawing.
  • Topic 4: Portrait painting: you will paint directly from a model learning the develop the techniques of Stanley Spencer and Lucien Freud. You will be shown how to mix flesh tones and colour match against the model. Different approaches to composition will be discussed.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should:

  • understand key technical aspects of oil painting including: modelling paint, value and saturation, colour matching, types of mediums, painting surfaces, types of brushes and storing paint
  • understand the different ways in which oil paint can be applied including: painting in sections, painting 'alla prima', repainting sections of a painting once those sections are dry
  • understand key aspects of art theory including:
    • the concept of context - discussing the work of Carl Andre and Eduard Manet
    • the idea of modernism and how it was put visually into practice by a range of painters form the 19th and 20thC's.
    • the subjective nature of taste and how this is shaped by different external influences.

Who should enrol

This course is open to beginners who want to learn oil painting.

Materials List

Please bring the following items along to the class on your first night: 

  • colours: You can use either conventional oil paint or water mixable oil paint - magenta (rose madder for conventional oil paint or permanent rose for water mixable oil paint), pthalo blue, lemon yellow, titanium or zinc white and any series 1 black. It is important that you buy the right type of magenta, otherwise you will not be able to mix colours accurately. It is recommend you get the Rowney Georgian Rose Madder
  • brushes: no need to purchase any for the 1st class
  • equipment: alfoil, rags, apron, HB pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener, A3 oil sketch paper
No dates are currently scheduled.

Teacher: Michael Winters

Imagine a medieval artist, Henri Matisse and Australian artist, John Brack walked into your classroom. Knowing their worldview and the popular artistic application they use, what would they paint; why and how? Extend your artistic flare while exploring art through the perspective and understanding of someone else and broaden your appreciation for art history as a whole.

Course outline

How do artists respond to the visual world and what creative language do they use? Explore your classroom studio to find suitable motifs through the eyes of the three artists.

  • The medieval artist: Unaware of the principals of perspective, the medieval artist would arrange their picture into a shallow space. They used both vivid colour and gold leaf in a highly stylised method, describing nature and pattern.
  • Henri Matisse: Matisse's love of colour, the human figure and textiles would see him arrange a sumptuous still life of fruit, ceramic bowls and rich textiles. He would incorporate the view from the window and simplify natural forms. He would then apply 'heightened colour', where one colour was more dominate.
  • John Brack: Brack was known to ponder on an image he saw on television; a crowd in the street or a family outing in the car.

With these perspectives in mind, you will explore what motifs to use to produce a series of paintings inspired by the three artists and their creative methods.

Prior to attending class, you will be provided works of the three artists and information of their background, early work and how their work evolved.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course you should be aware of the wide variety of artistic styles, various techniques & what is truly original & creative. You will develop your confidence not only to paint well but also make creative choices in subject matter.

Who should enrol

Students who have had some painting experience & enjoy a creative challenge.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Teacher: Chan Dissanayake

If you have worked with watercolours and enjoy the challenge of producing loose, bold and free watercolours, then this is for you. Learn how to create depth, incorporate figures, connect shapes, and control edges as you discover how to exploit the medium to create wonderful atmospheric effects such as mists, rain and fog.

Course outline

These workshops will suit students who have been exposed to the medium of watercolour and want to extend their knowledge to the next level.  If you enjoy the challenge of producing loose, bold and free watercolours, then this is for you. Each week we will complete a painting from start to finish. The course will begin with simple subjects and proceed to more challenging subjects. Each week students will be taken through the stages of design, drawing and painting in an easy follow step-by-step process. We will be tackling a wide variety of subjects from rural landscapes, urban cityscapes to coastal seascapes.

Chan will dispel myths in watercolour and share his valuable insights and experiences. Each student will receive personal attention and encouragement.

Topic covered may include: 

  • Topic 1: Beach Scene. Paint a simple beach scene, exploiting the medium of watercolour using wet-into-wet technique using a limited palette.  We’ll incorporate a few figures to this subject to add vitality and energy.
  • Topic 2: Panoramic Landscape. Tackle the challenge of painting a panoramic Australian landscape.  The success of this painting will be based on the most important technique in watercolour, the graded wash. The controlling the consistency of water to paint and gravity washes will be discussed and demonstrated in detail.
  • Topic 3: Snow Scene. Paint a snow scene, by using the technique of negative painting, leaving the white of the paper and painting around to create the mid and dark tones.
  • Topic 4:  Boat Scene. Boats and water are excellent subjects for portraying the subtleties in watercolour. We will discuss how to create depth in water and techniques in anchoring boats to water surfaces. The demonstration will also cover how to create reflections in water.
  • Topic 5: Misty Gum Trees. Watercolour is best exploited in creating atmospheric effects. We will paint a misty landscape with gum trees using the wet-into-wet technique using a paper that is pre-wetted with water. As the paper dries we will work from the background to the foreground by exploiting various edge controls from soft uncontrolled, soft controlled to hard edges.
  • Topic 6: Streetscape. We’ll tackle an urban streetscape with a single point perspective incorporating cars and figures. We’ll learn how to observe proportions by using constructive lines and gestured mark makings to suggest moving cars and figures.
  • Topic 7: Waterlilies. We will learn how to paint a scene containing waterlilies on still water. A full demonstration will include how to simplify a complex scene and achieve a fresh spontaneous looking painting using two washes.
  • Topic 8: Sky and Cloud Scene. Painting clouds in watercolour can be most enjoyable and rewarding.  We will learn how to paint various types of clouds using all the techniques learnt so far. The translucency of the clouds can be best expressed in subtle washes using the damp paper.
  • Topic 9: Rainy Scene A wet rainy scene can provide the watercolour artist with excellent subject matter.  Heavy atmospheric scenes such as rain suppress colour and introduce subtle tonal ranges. We will tackle the challenge of painting a rainy scene using the various stages of wetness of the paper from wet, moist, damp to dry.
  • Topic 10: Render the Human figure in watercolour. The final week we will paint a nude study in watercolour. We’ll discuss various colour mixes for producing different types of skin complexions. How to use alternating grades of warm and cool colours in revealing the human figure in watercolour. A photo reference will be provided.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should walk away with a sound understanding of the medium of watercolour and gain practical insights into the intuitive use of watercolour to express yourself.

Who should enrol

This course is best suited to intermediate to advanced students.

Course materials

Please bring the following materials with you to your first class:

Paper: Saunders Waterford 300gsm rough surface or Arches 300gsm rough or medium texture.

Brushes: Medium size squirrel mop brush with a sharp point (Size 8 to 12). A good quality brush will hold lot of pigment and present a sharp point when fully loaded. Artist quality brushes will make a significant difference to your work

  • Essential brushes
    • Medium Size squirrel hair or natural hair Mop brush ( Size 8 to 12)
    • Size 12 round Brush with sharp point (Synthetic or Natural hair)
    • Size 8 Round with sharp point (Synthetic or Natural hair)
    • Size 0 or 1 Rigger (Synthetic)
  • Extra brushes (optional)
    • Size 6 Dagger, also known as a "sword brush" (natural hair)
    • 1" inch flat brush (synthetic)
    • 2" inch hake (natural hair)