Watercolour/Pastel Painting

Choose either watercolours or pastels. Pastels are simple to apply, and have endless possibilities. Through a series of drawing exercises, still-life, portrait and landscape studies, learn to improve your perception of colour and drawing ability. Rich and vibrant, or soft and delicate, pastels are an excellent bridge between drawing and painting, or valuable as a medium in itself. 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.


  • Online


  • Use of materials either Pastels and Watercolours, introduction to wash techniques
  • Texture exercises
  • Tonal exercises
  • Still life
  • Copying an old master exercise
  • Free choice
  • Life painting
  • 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).


  • A3 Drawing Pad
  • 1x Sheet of Toned Canson Paper
  • Rubber (White Pencil Rubber OR Kneadable Eraser)
  • Chalk Pastels - White, Black, Yellow Ochre, Bright Yellow, BLue, Purple, Orange, Pink, Green, Brown
  • HB, 2B Pencil
  • Coloured Pencils
  • Set of cheap oil pastels
  • Wet Wipes
  • Woolworths Home Brand Hairspray
  • Workable Fixative

IMPORTANT: Please arrive to the first class with all the relevant materials. A lack of materials is not just a handicap to you but to the ability to teach. 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, UNSW Art & Design Campus, Greens Rd Paddington NSW. Ph: 8815 1569
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 223-225 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Ph: 02 9331 2166.
  • Bondi Road Art Supplies 179 Bondi Road Bondi. Ph: 9387 3746. (Closed Fridays and Sundays)
  • 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.

$248 Limited / $223

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