Watercolour - Paint the Northern Lights - New!

Using phthalo blue and lots of water, participants will paint the dramatic Northern Lights in watercolour. The workshop will include the basics of perspective and the importance of a thumbnail to design our landscape compositions. To start, we will paint some practice paintings to gently lead us into painting creatively and loosely in watercolour.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to wet in wet watercolour skies
  • The importance of a focal point
  • How to mix colours on the page to create vibrant paintings
  • How to create transparent layers of watercolourLearning


  • Watercolour techniques
  • The importance of a focal point
  • How to create transparent layers of watercolour

What to bring:


  • phthalo blue (prussian blue will work too)
  • magenta or permanent rose (or any deep red will work too)
  • aureolin/cadmium/winsor yellow (or any bright yellow)
  • white gouache
  • You are welcome to use pan watercolour paints or whatever you have.


  • 2 x A3 (or half sheet) watercolour paper (quality paper gives a quality result)
  • 4 x A4 practice watercolour paper
  • Palette + 2 small dishes to mix up big washes of phthalo blue
  • Brushes – a big brush for water (eg a Hake brush or large mop). Also, bring a range of brushes so you can enjoy painting wet in wet washes. As a guide, Marion uses 5 brushes: 2 medium round brushes with good points, one flat brush, a liner brush and a large flat brush for water.
  • You also need Boards larger than your paper (unless you’re using a watercolour block), HB pencil, eraser, masking tape, watercolour palette, spray bottle, old towel for the table, tissues, 2 water containers and a sense of fun.

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!
View Eckersley's Website for product ideas.

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 Medal of excellence Art Sydney Royal Arts Show, 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.