Watercolour Painting

Watercolours can be fun, free, experimental and also considered. This course is designed for the total beginner and also those who have dabbled and need a little encouragement. Throughout the course, students will have accomplished the essential techniques needed to begin painting confidently with watercolours. The lessons consist of demonstrations and practical exercises across a range of themes and subjects. With the understanding of varying washes, use of wet in wet and wet on the dry, positive shape and negative space, rendering textures and use of right brushes for the job and the correct papers students will be capable in no time!

Course Outline:

  • Week 1 – Introduction to Watercolour: Watercolour Techniques Project
  • Week 2 – Brushes Techniques: Flat, round, rigger and mop, leaves, branches and foliage
  • Week 3 – Reflections: Windmills
  • Week 4 - A Collection of Small Landscape Projects
  • Week 5 - Negative Painting: Forrest of Trees
  • Week 6, 7 & 8 - Creation of 3 Paintings

Students will be working on Watercolour paintings from handouts during the last 3 classes which students can experiment with. These will include a variety of images, landscapes, animals, flowers or bring your own

Learning Outcome:

  • Creating tone and controlling water washes
  • Basic colour theory, how to mix and apply colours
  • Techniques to render texture
  • When and how to work 'wet-in-wet or on dry
  • The difference in watercolour materials, including papers, brushes and paints

What to bring:


  • Water Colour Pencils or
  • Water Colour Tablets in Pan or
  • Water Colour Tubes
  • Cadmium Pale Yellow, Indian Yellow, Paynes Grey, Cobalt Blue, Antwerp Blue, Windsor Blue, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Light Red, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna.


  • Flat: Roymac or Sable No. 1, 3, 6, 8, 12
  • Round: Roymac or Sable No. 1, 2
  • Liner, Fan, Sizes Vary
  • Mop Brush Large as possible
  • Hog Hair Bristle Brush No. 3, 5 with ends cut off to 1cm


  • Water Colour Paper eg. Arches 185 GSM Hot and Cold Pressed/Smooth and Rough.
  • Also 300 GSM Paper A4, A3 Sizes

Masking Pen Fluid, Stanley Knife, Watercolour Masking Tape, Spray Mist Bottle for Water, Sea/Cosmetic Sponge, Rubber Mask Pick up Tool, Piece of Masonite or non-absorbent board for working on, 2B pencil and eraser.

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:

'Holding a BA in Fine Arts and with a career spanning over 20 years, Sonja has been a finalist in numerous art awards and has won awards in painting and drawing. She has exhibited in solo and group shows, Artist in Residency programs, community cultural development projects, received public commissions and is a well-regarded arts educator with her work represented in private collections in Australia.
A devoted arts educator, Sonja works to provide a nurturing environment in her classes in which every student feels safe, creating confidence and therefore extending themselves expressively. Her way of teaching is to facilitate her students' style and creativity through structured lessons incorporating visual references and demonstrations in different mediums and techniques.' Sonja

What our students are saying:

"Beyond expectations. Great help and instruction – very happy. A great and worthwhile experience.", Leane

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.
$220 Limited inc GST / $209
Watercolour Painting

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