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Course 3: Watercolour Impressions – Advanced

Course Duration: 10 Weeks


Students who have completed the Freedom with watercolour – Beginner course or equivalent courses; Students who have been exposed to the medium and have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of the medium.


Intermediate to Advanced

Course Description

These workshops will suit students who have been exposed to the medium of watercolour and want to extend their knowledge to the next level. If you enjoy the challenge of producing loose, bold and free watercolours, then this is for you. Each week we will complete a painting from start to finish. The course will begin with simple subjects and proceed to more challenging subjects. Each week students will be taken though the stages of design, drawing and painting in an easy follow step-by-step process. We will be tackling a wide variety of subjects from rural landscapes, urban cityscapes to coastal seascapes.
Chan will dispel myths in watercolour and share his valuable insights and experiences. Each student will receive personal attention and encouragement.

Course Outline

Week 1 – Beach Scene

We will paint a simple beach scene, exploiting the medium of watercolour using wet-into-wet technique using a limited palette. We’ll incorporate a few figures to this subject to add vitality and energy.

Week 2 – Panoramic Landscape

We’ll tackle the challenge of painting a panoramic Australian landscape. The success to this painting will be based on the most important technique in watercolour, the graded wash. The controlling the consistency of water to paint and gravity washes will be discussed and demonstrated in detail.

Week 3 – Snow Scene

We will paint a snow scene, by using the technique of negative painting, leaving the white of the paper and painting around to create the mid and dark tones.

vWeek 4 – Boat Scene

Boats and water are excellent subjects for portraying the subtleties in watercolour. We will discuss how to create depth in water and techniques in anchoring boats to water surfaces. The demonstration will also cover how to create reflections in water.

Week 5 – Misty Gum Trees

Watercolour is best exploited in creating atmospheric effects. We will paint a misty landscape with gum trees using the wet-into-wet technique using a paper that is pre-wetted with water. As the paper dries we will work from the background to foreground by exploiting various edge controls from soft uncontrolled, soft controlled to hard edges

Week 6 Streetscape

We’ll tackle an urban streetscape with a single point perspective incorporating cars and figures. We’ll learn how to observe proportions by using constructive lines and gestured mark makings to suggest moving cars and figures.

Week 7 – Water lilies

We will learn how to paint a scene containing waterlilies on still water. Full demonstration will include how to simplify a complex scene and achieve a fresh spontaneous looking painting using two washes.

Week 8 – Sky and Cloud Scene

Painting clouds in watercolour can be most enjoyable and rewarding. We will learn how to paint various types of clouds using all the techniques learnt so far. The translucency of the clouds can be best expressed in subtle washes using the damp paper.

Week 9 – Rainy Scene

A wet rainy scene can provide the watercolour artist with excellent subject matter. Heavy atmospheric scenes such as rain supresses colour and introduce subtle tonal ranges. We will tackle the challenge of painting a rainy scene using the various stages of wetness of the paper from wet, moist, damp to dry

Week 10 – Render the Human figure in watercolour

The final week we will paint a nude study in watercolour. We’ll discuss various colour mixes for producing different types of skin complexions. How to use alternating grades of warm and cool colours in revealing the human figure in watercolour. A photo reference will be provided.

Please use the following link to register

Course 2: Freedom With Watercolour – Intermediate to Advanced

Course outline

Watercolour is a lifelong creative medium, as you can find endless new ways to use it. The perplexities of watercolour are best understood by knowing its fundamentals. The most captivating and intricate watercolour is composed of few simple techniques.

The first four weeks of the course will guide the student through the watercolour materials and the basic techniques such as flat washes, graded washes, tonal values, and glazing and colour mixing.

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. Following the fundamental skills you will learn four critical aspects for the watercolourist: Planning, Drawing, Timing and incorporating Figures into Landscapes.

Each week students will be given course notes and home work to complete.

Learning outcomes

In completing this well-structured course, students will walk away with sound understanding of the medium of watercolour and gain practical insights how it is possible to make intuitive use of watercolour to express themselves

  • Week one – Watercolour Materials
  • Week two- Washes
  • Week three – Tonal Values
  • Week four – Watercolour Techniques
  • Week Five – Planning
  • Week Six– Drawing
  • Week Seven– Timing
  • Week Eight – Incorporating Figures
  • Week 9 – Edge Control
  • Week 10 – Creative Mark Making

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Course 1: Beginning Watercolour

Learn about all aspects of watercolour technique – colour mixes, intensity and washes, composition and drawing – by creating small, simple paintings. Experiment with materials and the medium, in this fun and easy going class.

Course outline

The characteristics of watercolour is explored by painting simple compositions. This course will cover a range of materials – different papers, paint mixes, brushes, and the techniques – washes, graduation and variegation of colour.

During each session a small painting will be completed. You will be guided through a demonstration of painting techniques. An explanation will be given of the first washes and as these dry, you will attempt you own first washes. The tutor then continues to demonstrate the painting, stopping at each stage allowing you to catch up and provide help, when requested.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should:

  • become familiar with the medium
  • be able to plan an approach and method to complete a painting
  • learn different subjects
  • create fresh and lively paintings
  • obtain a series of paintings at the end of the course.

Who should enrol

The course is best suited for beginners.