Contemporary watercolour

Discover the wonder and joy of contemporary watercolour. For those who have a little experience with watercolour, use a range of subjects to increase your technique, proficiency and confidence. For intermediate to advanced students.

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Kirrily Humphries 18 July Tuesday 6:30-9:30pm 10 $410 Enrol now

Course outline

Throughout this course you will undertake a variety of projects including still life, portrait and landscape subjects. You will cover a broad range of watercolour techniques with reference to appropriate contemporary and historical artists.

Each week, you will explore a new approach to watercolour painting, covering everything from bold loose applications, to miniature painting, and mono-type. Expect to gain confidence in watercolour, while receiving practical guidance that responds to your artistic interests as you develop your personal painting language.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, you should have:

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

Who should enrol

The course is best suited to immediate to advanced students.

Course materials

For those not already equipped and experienced with their own kit - the following are suggested.

Paint artist quality pigments are preferable, otherwise good quality student pigments are okay (e.g. Winsor & Newton Cotman). It is 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 Brushes
  • 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 (000 is ideal)
  • One small flat brush with stiff bristles Paper
  • 10 sheets of A3 cotton rag watercolour paper - 140lb/300gsm or heavier - five rough and five hot press (smooth) Other
  • Lead pencils, sharpener, kneadable eraser, waterproof felt tip pen, watercolour pencil (flesh tone)
  • Paper towel, and cloth rags or sponges
  • Cotton tips
  • Reusable water container and small cups for mixing (disposable cups or bottle/jar lids)
  • White reusable or disposable palette/plate
  • Masking Tape (>=2 cm wide)
  • 30 cm ruler
  • Spray bottle

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