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Watercolour Classes and Workshops

  -  Watercolour Classes and Workshops

WATERCOLOUR CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS TO SUIT VARIOUS SKILL LEVELS

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 (renata@renatawrightart.net)with your contact number, and I’ll give you a call.

Workshops Dec 2022 and Jan 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:

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fri 16 Dec – Introduction to Painting with Gouache
9.30 am to 1.30 pm
If you’ve never tried painting with gouache, then why not join me in this introductory workshop where you’ll learn how it’s different to watercolour and how you can create simple yet stunning scenes. $165 (incl paints and paper).

Mon 19 Dec – Rowboat on a Lake 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Follow along with me as I show you how to paint a little rowboat, resting on a lake. We’ll paint the same scene together, step-by-step. Suitable for all skill levels. $110 (+ $33 equipment hire if required)

Tue 27 & Wed 28 Dec – Watercolour Masterclass 9.30 am to 3.30 pm both days **FULL**
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) 

Fri 30 Dec – Pen & Wash / Travel Sketching 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 like travelling and would like to sketch scenes along the way for a visual diary. Suitable for all skill levels. $110 (+ $33 equipment hire if required)

Thu 05 Jan – Watercolour Pencils 9.30 am to 1.30 pm **FULL**
Learn the magic of watercolour pencils. I’ll show you some techniques to use, then you can have your turn, painting one or two simple subjects. Watercolour pencils are fantastic to use when you are travelling as they are very portable and compact. Great for sketching scenes and keeping a visual diary. Suitable for all skill levels. $110 (+ $33 equipment hire if required)

Fri 06 Jan – Portraits 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Choose one of your favourite family members, or a friend, or even someone famous, and paint their portrait. You will learn how to draw correct face proportions, mix the correct skin colours, and capture individual personality in this workshop. Suitable for students who have basic knowledge of watercolour painting. $110 (+ $33 equipment hire if required)

Sat 07 Jan – Australian Native Flowers 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Learn how to paint our wonderful Australian native flowers. Choose your own or follow along with me. You’ll be able to bring your own subjects to paint from if you prefer, and I’ll also have some pictures to work from. Suitable for all skill levels. $110 (+ $33 equipment hire if required)

Mon 23 Jan – Skies 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Explore different ways of presenting skies. You will go home with four paintings – a stormy sky, a blue sky with fluffy clouds, a sunset and a night sky. Suitable for all skill levels. $110 (+ $33 equipment hire if required)

Tue 24 Jan – Chinese Brush Painting with Evelyn Young 9.30 am to 12.00 noon
Join Evelyn in this exciting workshop where you’ll learn the amazing world of Chinese brush painting. $99 (includes tuition AND equipment.)

Fri 27 Jan – Watercolour Illustration 9.30 am to 1.30 pm 
If you’re keen to discover the world of watercolour illustration, I’ll help you to get started. This workshop will help you with initial sketches, colour studies, and painting techniques including the use of watercolour, pen, and coloured pencils. Suitable for students with all skill levels. $110 (+ $33 equipment hire if required)

Sat 28 and Sun 29 Jan – 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)

Mon 30 Jan – Cool Ocean Wave 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
Learn how to paint a lovely ocean wave in all the glorious ocean colours, adding some sea spray here and there using a spattering technique. Suitable for all skill levels. $110 (+ $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.

Watercolour Classes Feb/Mar/Apr 2023

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

Tuesday mornings – 9.30 am to 12.00 noon (All skill levels) 
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
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) 
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) **FULL**
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) **FULL**
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!