Freedom with watercolour: Intermediate

The most captivating and intricate watercolour is composed of a few simple techniques. Discover the fundamentals of this art form and find endless new ways to use it.

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Chan Dissanayake 20 July Thursday 6:30-9:30pm 10 $410 Enrolments closed

Course outline

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.

  • Week 1: Watercolour Materials
  • Week 2: Washes
  • Week 3: Tonal Values
  • Week 4: Watercolour Techniques
  • Week 5: Planning
  • Week 6: Drawing
  • Week 7: Timing
  • Week 8: Incorporating Figures

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

Beginner to Advanced students passionate about the medium of watercolour. Beginner, with some experience either at CCE or from other providers

Course materials

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)


Chan Dissanayake: Chan was born in Sri Lanka to an artistic family, his father an internationally acclaimed film director and his mother an art teacher. He migrated with his family to Australia in 1985. A talent for drawing was recognised in pre-school days and a passion for art, especially for watercolours, kept him actively involved in it. He studied watercolour painting with renowned Australian artists embarking on a journey of self-discovery. Achieving rapid success and winning many major awards, he has gained a considerable reputation as an outstanding watercolour artist.

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