Easy Watercolour for Beginners

Learn the easy basics of watercolour painting: simple watercolour washes, cool colour mixing, types of watercolour brushes, paper, and paint. Learn how to paint transparently and easily in watercolour. This is a class for beginners to explore basic watercolour painting techniques in a step-by-step class. No painting experience is recommended.

We will start with the four easiest watercolour techniques using simple exercises. Over these swatches, we will glaze layers of beautiful transparent colour. We will explore all the ways to keep your paper flat (so bring lots of boards) and all the states of watercolour paint (Marion will show you these). We will also explore the many uses of masking fluid and how it helps create translucent paintings. After these basic techniques, we will let loose and paint subjects that encourage the paint to flow.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to watercolour and what makes watercolour different from other water media
  • Simple exercises and techniques including wet-in-wet, layering, splattering, spraying, wet-on-dry
  • Watercolour textures created with salt and various papers
  • Basic colour harmony
  • Types of watercolour paper and ways to keep your paper flat
  • Tubes, pans, pencils, and more – all the states of watercolour
  • Watercolour accessories like masking fluid and how to use them effectively

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how much water to add when painting in watercolour
  • Understand easy watercolour methods
  • Obtain confidence in very basic colour mixing
  • Learn the value of quality watercolour paper and paint
  • Gain experience in using a range of watercolour brushes and the different marks they make

What to bring:

  • Tubes: Minimum 3 tubes watercolour: Blue (Ultramarine Blue or Cobalt Blue), Red (Permanent Rose), and yellow (Winsor yellow or Aureolin yellow) Burnt sienna. Optional extras: magenta, phthalo blue, lemon yellow. (Please avoid buying a box of cheap watercolours. You will get much better value by buying a few quality tubes.)
  • Paper: Watercolour paper: A4 pad (or A3) – must be quality watercolour paper such as Arches or Saunders Waterford or you will be disappointed with the results. Also, bring a cheap pad of watercolour paper for sampling.
  • Brushes: Minimum 4 brushes: 2 medium round brushes with good points, one flat brush (e.g. 1/2 inch), liner brush, medium hake brush
  • Extras: HB or 2B pencil, eraser, masking tape, watercolour palette, spray bottle, old towel for the table, tissues, masking fluid + old brush/applicator, 2 water containers 2 or 3 non-absorbent support boards larger than your paper

*Marion is happy to answer any queries about these supplies 0411 665 443

Would you like all these supplies ready and waiting for you?

Rent all the supplies listed above, all professional quality, cost $50. Contact Marion to pre-arrange 0411 665 443

  • Buy complete watercolour kits (take-home): professional watercolour tubes, professional watercolour brushes, Arches watercolour paper, and all the extras you need to paint for this course and many more, cost $210. Contact Marion to pre-arrange 0411 665 443

Art Supplies Discount:

As a bonus for learning Art with SGSCC, all enrolled students are entitled to a generous 10% discount off the purchase of art supplies when they shop in-store at Eckersley’s Art & Craft, Taren Point!
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About the Tutor:

“I love watercolour. I love the way it moves and creates beautiful textures on the page. I love teaching people how to control the water and to create beautiful works of art in their unique style. I have a Bachelor of Arts, USyd, and a Master of Art, UNSW Art & Design. Some of my recent awards include: Winner, Watercolour, St George Art Society and Best in Show, Art, Goulburn Show.” Marion

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled before the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.