Beginning watercolour

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.

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Chan Dissanayake 8 August Tuesday 6:30-9:30pm 10 $410 Enrol now

Course outline

The characteristics of watercolour is explored by painting simple compositions. This course will cover a range of materials - different papers, paint mixes, brushes, and the techniques - washes, graduation and variegation of colour.

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, when requested.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should:

  • become familiar with the medium
  • 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 course is best suited for beginners.


For those not already equipped with their own kit, we make the following suggestions. Use "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 is ideal. A few spares will be available until you are able to purchase your own

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