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Painting in Watercolour for Absolute Beginners

Want to learn to paint in Watercolour? If you have never explored watercolour painting before, this 9 week class is perfect for absolute beginners with absolutely no experience, or painters who would like to revisit foundation skills of this beautiful medium. Watercolour painting lends itself to a range of styles, from bright and bold, to soft and delicate. In this class, students will start from the basics and increase their knowledge with specific exercises and projects designed to build confidence. We will learn about the tools and wonderful colour, how to effectively apply paint and the fascinating brush techniques, the unique mixing qualities of watercolour, perspective, tone and composition and so much more. Students will benefit from step by step instructions and multiple demonstrations by your tutor, who will share tips and tricks of painting gathered over 30 years. We aim to use artist quality equipment to give optimal results and have students painting right away. This watercolour class is relaxing and enjoyable and you will have new skills and artworks to take home every week. An equipment list is provided, please bring all your equipment with you on the first week. Students may re-enrol to continue their watercolour painting experience.

Course Outline:

• Artist quality equipment & the best colours to have.
• Handling paint & colour mixing
• Washes, blending and unique watercolour techniques
• Painting planning, design and composition
• Light and making the most of your subject
• Painting in tones – the most important element.
• Landscape painting and aerial perspective
• Painting flowers, stones, leaves and more.
• Abstract techniques and tricks to give texture
• Complimentary colours and how they work for you
• Still lifes and drawing skills…and much more.

Course Materials & Subject Matter

Please try to buy the brands/types listed. Note, while artist quality equipment is more expensive than student counterparts, it is more economical as it lasts so much longer. If you prefer to paint with what you have already, that’s fine. • PAINT: Either Art Spectrum, Winsor & Newton (not Cotman’s), Daniel Smith or Schminke brands only. Only six colours required to start. 1 tube of each: o Cobalt Blue (genuine cobalt PB28) o Permanent Rose / or Quinacridone Rose (PV19) o Burnt Sienna Natural (not hue) (PR101) (Jenny prefers W&N for this colour but any of the above brands are fine.) o Aureolin / or Winsor Lemon (PY195)

In week 6 we will add:
o Raw Sienna (Jenny prefers W&N or D. Smith for this colour but the light hue in Art spectrum is fine too.) (PBr7)
o French Ultramarine Blue (PB29)
• PAPER – 2 full sheets Arches 300gsm Rough watercolour paper (you may wish to purchase more later).
• 1 cheap A4 sketch book
• 1 BRUSH – choose one of the following:

  • Raphael pointed squirrel mop size 1 (preferred) OR
  • Dynasty 303 squirrel mop size 0 (or 2 if you prefer larger), OR
  • (a cheaper option) Roymac Revolution Round size 10 (or 12 if you prefer larger).

• 1 painting board (required) – corflute / plywood / Masonite / Perspex or similar approximately 50cm x 40cm. (does not need to be painted unless extremely porous)
• 1 roll of regular yellow masking tape approx. 2cm wide.
• 1 4B Pencil
• 1 Clean white eraser OR a grey kneadable rubber
• 1 Pen and note paper if desired to take notes.
• PALETTE: 2 x dinner sized white plastic plates (or if you prefer to purchase one try the Art Spectrum Colour Keeper. Palettes will be discussed in first lesson.
• 1 large plastic water container – a white 2lt ice-cream container is ideal. (NO glass please)
• 1 box of white tissues or a roll of white toilet paper.
• 1 old towelling hand towel or face washer (this will be getting dirty).
• A small block of wood approx. 10 tall to put under paint board so it slants.
Don’t worry if you’re unsure or cannot source all of these items, however please bring what you can to first lesson as we paint in first week. Jenny will discuss equipment in the first lesson, and show examples, eg palettes. See recommended suppliers below for discount art supplies!

Art Suppliers

Students, please DO NOT buy substituted colours, brushes or paper.

ART SMART – 50 Ethel St, Seaforth – ph 9949 7477. Parking on top of Gallery off Ethel St. (enter Ethel Street from the roundabout at junction of Frenchs Forest road and Sydney Road). Deb and James will give my students 10% discount. Just mention Jenny Gilchrist’s Watercolour Class to receive your discount.

THE ART SHOP MONA VALE -shop 12/20 Bungan St, Mona Vale – ph 9979 6559 – Please mention your class and the ladies here will offer you a 10% discount on your watercolour supplies. Eckersley’s Brookvale – 1/648 Pittwater Rd, Brookvale – ph 8058 9491
Raphael pointed round Squirrel mops also online: - $27.00-31
OR $30-34

Please Note: NBCC is not liable to for any loss incurred if a class is cancelled please check with the college by calling 02) 9970 1000 or emailing before purchasing materials.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

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Contact us

Community College Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113