Watercolour Techniques

Watercolours is a beautiful medium which can be executed in a variety of manners. In this course, a different painting technique will be presented each week. On completion, you should be able to use watercolours in seven different ways. 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, 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.


  • Watercolours – 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.
  • 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).
  • Indian ink; A piece of candle; A light coloured wax crayon; Gladwrap; Sea Sponge; Tissues; Ordinary Salt; Cotton buds.

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.

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