Watercolour Painting

Watercolour painting is one of the most beautiful art forms. Explore both basic and creative techniques. On completion, you should be able to paint a landscape and a portrait. Please note that while this is a beginners' class it is advisable that you have some previous drawing or art experience. Advanced students also welcomed. Cost of life model included in course fee.


  • This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.
  • This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


  • Use of materials, introduction to wash techniques.
  • Texture exercises.
  • Tonal exercises.
  • Still life.
  • Copying an old master exercise.
  • Free choice.
  • Model – Life painting.
  • Model – Portraiture.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Utilise basic wash techniques.
  2. Explore and develop use of materials.
  3. Display an understanding of colour.
  4. Complete at least 3 competent works by the end of the course.


  • Water colours – either cakes or 20ml tubes or set of watercolours – suggested colours: 2 yellows (Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow); 2 blues (Prussian blue, cobalt blue); 2 reds (Cadmium Red, Rose/Magenta); China White; Ivory Black. Or a cheap set of watercolours.
  • All brushes should be soft (ie fake sable or sable). Three sizes: Flat brush Size 10; 3 round brushes Sizes 8,6 and 4; Pointed brush Size 2.
  • Watercolour Palette; Water container and rags; Indian ink; A piece of candle; A light coloured wax crayon; Gladwrap; Sea Sponge; Tissues; Ordinary Salt; Cotton buds; HB pencil; Rubber; Masking Tape.
  • Paper – At least 3 sheets of Water colour Paper 300 grm or Watercolour Pad with all sides stuck down; Cartridge Pad (Sketch pad – small/medium size).

IMPORTANT: Materials cost is not included in a course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any course materials. We therefore suggest you purchase your materials closer to the time of the course commencing.


  • The Art Scene on campus at UNSW Art & Design (formerly UNSW COFA), Ph: 02 8815 1569. Cnr Oxford St. and Greens Rd Darlinghurst.
  • Oxford Art Supplies 221-223 Oxford Streets, Darlinghurst, Ph: 02 9360 4066.
  • Bondi Road Art Supplies 179 Bondi Road Bondi. Ph: 9387 3746.
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 93 York Street Sydney, Ph: 02 9299 4151. Also at North Sydney, St Leonards, Chatswood, Caringbah, Parramatta & more.

Enquire at your art shop for a Student’s Discount with your WEA course receipt.

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