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Watercolour Classes and Workshops

  -  Watercolour Classes and Workshops


There’s something for every skill level in most of my classes. If you’re not sure which one to enrol in, just drop me an email ( your contact number, and I’ll give you a call.

Workshops April 2023

My 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). There are also two new workshops which are a little different to my usual workshops. See below for more information:

Sat 08 Apr – Pet Portraits 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Bring a photo of your pet (dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig) and I’ll show you how to create a painting that captures their character, including realistic looking fur, a sparkle in their eyes, and a background that suits their nature. Suitable for students with some drawing skills. $110 (+ $33 equipment hire if required)
Mon 10 Apr – Watercolour Collage 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
In this workshop you will discover your inner artist, creating real and abstract images using a variety of photos, papers, material, watercolour, gouache and pens. Suitable for all skill levels.
$110 (+ $33 equipment hire if required)
Tue 11 Apr – Chinese Brush Painting with Evelyn Young 9.30 am to 12.00 noon
Learn the skills of Chinese Brush painting, led by artist Evelyn Young, who has been qualified in this painting style since 2010. Suitable for all skill levels. $99 which includes equipment.
Thu 13 Apr – Painting Birds in Watercolour 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Choose your favourite bird and let me show you how to capture it in a watercolour painting. You’ll learn how to draw and paint claws, beaks, feathers, and more, and add all the colours and expression needed to give it personality. Suitable for students with basic drawing and painting skill levels. $110 (+ $33 equipment hire if required)
Fri 14 Apr – City Cafe at Night in Watercolour 9.30 am to 3.30 pm
Follow me step-by-step as we paint a night cafe scene similar to the famous “Cafe Terrace at Night” by Vincent Van Gogh. Pre-drawing is required as we’ll need the whole day to create the painting. You’ll learn how to choose the right colours for a night scene, how to create night light glow, and add a lovely moody atmosphere. Suitable for students with basic drawing and painting skill levels. $143 (+ $33 equipment hire if required)
Sat 15 Apr – Caricatures with Sandra Troncone 9.00 am to 1.00 pm **NEW**
Learn the skills of drawing and painting a caricature, led by artist Sandra Troncone, who has been painting caricatures and portraits since high school. Suitable for all skill levels. $110 which includes most equipment.
Sun 16 Apr –  Watercolour Landscapes 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
We live in such a beautiful country, so why not capture it in our art? In this workshop I’ll show you how to create stunning skies, textured gum trees, and the extra bits that make our landscapes unique. Suitable for all skill levels.
Suitable for all skill levels.  $110 (+ $33 equipment hire if required)
Mon 17 Apr –  Watercolour Pen and Wash 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Learn how to combine ink and watercolour in a fun and easy way. A great method to learn if you don’t want to make too much fuss with realistic scenes or still life subjects or if you like travelling and would like to sketch simple scenes along the way in a visual diary. Suitable for all skill levels.
 $110 (+ $33 equipment hire if required)
Sat 22 and Sun 23 Apr – Watercolour Masterclass 9.30 am to 3.30 pm both days 
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. $253 (+ $33 equipment hire if required)

The above workshops are held at the Orange Palette, 31 Berriman Drive, Wangara. To book in, click the Enrol Here button and follow the prompts.

Kangaroo Island Art Trip with Renata Wright

Thu 12 Oct to Tue 17 Oct 2023 (6 days)
$3,450 pp S/Supp $520. Non-painters take $150 off

Kangaroo Island is one of South Australia’s most unique nature-based travel destinations, with native bushland, diverse wildlife, pristine beaches, local wines, and gorgeous sunsets to enjoy every day. Aussie Redback Tours have put together an art tour that will give you the opportunity to capture much of this whilst relaxing and enjoying a holiday to remember.

I have led a number of travel sketching art tours in Western Australia and South Australia, I’m passionate about  the country I live in and enjoy spending time showing other artists how I capture the unique Australian landscapes in my travel diary. My teaching methods are fun, clear, and suitable for artists of all skill levels. The full itinerary can be found on the Aussie Redback Tours website -Kangaroo Island with Renata Wright-. If you’d like more information about the above tour, contact Aussie Redback Tours on 1300 662 026 or by email on

Watercolour Classes Feb/Mar/Apr 2023

** Numbers limited, so book in early to avoid disappointment.**  Term 2 classes to be announced mid-March.

Tuesday mornings – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (All skill levels) **WAITLIST ONLY**
07,14,21, 28 Feb, 07, 14, 21, 28 Mar – 8 wks – $305 ($285 for ongoing students)
Wednesday nights – 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm **WAITLIST ONLY**
08, 15, 22 Feb, 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 Mar – 8 wks – $305 (285 for ongoing students)
Thursday mornings – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (Basic knowledge required) **WAITLIST ONLY**
09, 16, 23 Feb, 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Mar – 8 wks – $305 ($285 for ongoing students)
Friday mornings – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (Basic knowledge required) **WAITLIST ONLY**
10, 17, 24 Feb, 03, 10, 17, 24, 31 Mar – 8 wks – $305 ($285 for ongoing students)
Saturday mornings – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (Basic knowledge required) **WAITLIST ONLY**
11, 18, 25 Feb, 04, 11, 18, 25 Mar, 01 Apr – 8 wks – $305 ($285 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!