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Watercolour Classes and Workshops

  -  Watercolour Classes and Workshops


I would like to reassure you that I am taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and the health and safety of my students is important to me. I have provided hand sanitising solution to use before, during and after class, and I spray the room with disinfectant and wipe all surfaces before and after class. You have your own table to work at, with enough space between each student.

Watercolour Workshops Sep/Oct 2022

Watercolour workshops are great for those who want to paint a specific subject; those who can’t commit to a term of classes; or those who would like to try watercolour for the first time (a workshop will help you decide whether to continue on with a term of classes).










Sat 24 Sep 2022Watercolour for Absolute Beginners Learn the basics of watercolour – how to hold a brush, which brush to use, how much water to use, how to mix paints, how to simplify your subjects, and more… A great way to get started on watercolours before joining a term of classes. Beginners only. $99 (+$33 equipment hire if required).
Sun 25 Sep 2022Pen and Wash / Travel Sketching Learn how to combine ink and watercolour in a fun and easy way. A great method to learn if you like travelling and would like to sketch scenes along the way in a visual diary. Suitable for all skill levels. $99 (+$33 equipment hire if required).
Fri 30 Sep 2022Forest Floor Let’s get close and personal with leaves, twigs, mushrooms and little critters that inhabit our forest floors. Pre-drawing required. I’ll send you the picture prior to the workshop so you can draw it up ready for painting. $99 (+$33 equipment hire if required).
Sat 01 and Sun 02 Oct 2022  Watercolour Masterclass Choose a more complicated subject and paint it on a large watercolour sheet. I’ll show you how to create great composition, mood and colour matching in order to make the most of your scene. This workshop is suitable for students who have a good understanding of the basics of watercolour. $225 (+ $53 equipment hire if required).
Tue 04 Oct 2022Botanical Flowers Learn how to paint flowers like the botanic artists. We’ll be using real flowers in the workshop, studying each part carefully and transferring our observations to paper. This workshop is suitable for students with all skill levels. $99 (+$33 equipment hire if required).
Fri 07 Oct 2022Christmas Cards Create beautiful, original watercolour Christmas cards to give to those special people in your life. I’ll show you how to paint simple, effective Christmas designs that will take only a matter of minutes for each design. Suitable for all skill levels. $99 (+$33 equipment hire if required).

Time: 9.30 am to 1.30 pm (except the masterclass – 9.30 am to 3.30 pm )
Venue: The Orange Palette, 1A/31 Berriman Drive, Wangara WA
Cost: See costs at the end of each workshop description. Morning tea included. BYO Lunch. 

Watercolour Classes July/August/September 2022

** Numbers limited, so book in early to avoid disappointment.** 

Mondays – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (Basic knowledge required) 
18, 25 Jul, 01, 08,15, 22, 29 Aug, 05 Sep – 8 wks – $285 ($265 for ongoing students)

Tuesdays – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (All skill levels) 
19, 26 Jul, 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Aug, 06 Sep – 8 wks – $285 ($265 for ongoing students)

Thursdays – 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm (All skill levels) 
21, 28 Jul, 04, 11, 18, 25 Aug, 01, 08 Sep – 8 wks – $285 ($265 for ongoing students)

Fridays – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (Basic knowledge required) 
22, 29 Jul, 05, 12, 19, 26 Aug, 02, 09 Sep – 8 wks – $285 ($265 for ongoing students)

Saturdays – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (Basic knowledge required) 
23, 30 Jul, 06, 13, 20, 27 Aug, 03, 10 Sep – 8 wks – $285 ($265 for ongoing students)

Venue – The Orange Palette, Unit 1a/31 Berriman Drive, Wangara

Painting Classes FAQs

  • Do I need any experience to attend your watercolour painting classes?  This is the most common question I am asked.  No, you do not need any experience at all to attend my classes.  My classes are designed so that you can follow along step by step when you are new to watercolour and later as you progress, I encourage you step outside of your comfort zone and experiment with colours, shapes, brush strokes etc to develop your own style.
  • Is watercolour a difficult medium to work with?   Yes and no.  The only difficult thing about watercolour painting is that you need to plan a little bit more because watercolour does not allow you to make too many mistakes.  I do share my tips on how to correct mistakes so you have nothing to worry about though.  Watercolour can actually be quite easy to work with as its unpredictability can actually be a wonderful happy asset when painting, which means it often does the work for you without you even realising it!
  • What benefits will I receive from painting in watercolour?   The sky’s the limit with what you can achieve once you start painting in watercolour.  The learning journey itself can be such a pleasure because you suddenly notice things differently around you and you start to wonder how you will paint something – what colours you’d use, how you’d capture the light and the shadow etc.  It’s amazing how painting can be great for your health.  Painting can be so therapeutic and you’ll find you’ll get lost in your own world at times as you squeeze out your paints, mix with your brush and dab, splash and stroke away.  The social aspects are fantastic too.  Many friendships have been formed in my classes, and everyone is helpful and supportive.  You’ll feel like part of a family in my classes.
  • Should I be able to draw first before I attend painting classes?  No, it’s not absolutely necessary.  At each class I hand out the picture that we’ll be painting from in the following class.  That will give you a week to draw the picture at home so that you can get straight into painting once you come to class the following week.  I give advice on how to draw the tricky bits and make changes so that the picture is more interesting.  Most of my pictures are adaptable which means you can leave out parts that are too hard to draw and you can add other bits instead.  For example, if we are painting the ocean, you could leave out any people on the beach and just add a seagull or two in the sky.
  • I’m nervous when painting around others.  How friendly are the other students?   My classes, whilst remaining structured, are also informal and friendly.  Everyone is made to feel welcome and everyone works at their own pace so there’s no pressure to turn out a masterpiece every time.  I have noticed too, that students love to share information with others so if you’re stuck on anything, your painting neighbour is more than likely to tell you about a time when they had the same problem and how they fixed it!  We have lots of laughs in our class, and yet there are also moments of silence when each person has their head down in deep concentration.
  • Are the watercolor painting classes just for women or can men attend too?  My classes are for men AND women, regardless of age, experience, and background.  The men who attend my classes are sometimes outnumbered but they never feel left out or intimidated.  In fact, most of them enjoy having so many women around them and there is often lots of “women vs men” banter thrown about!