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Portraits and the Human Figure in Watercolour with Tanya Baily

Learn to paint people and portraits in the beautiful medium of watercolour. Classes will be structured with exercises in managing proportion and drawing, skin tones and colour palettes and a full range of watercolour techniques to render the myriad textures and moods of a portrait. Students will be encouraged to find their own styles and to understand the portrait as a whole painting, where likeness is more than an accurate depiction of physical features. Tanya will guide the class with ideas about using composition and colour to enhance the expression and meaning of the work.

There will be two classes with a live model, otherwise, students will be working from images/photos of their own.

What to expect

There will be two classes with a live model, otherwise, students will be working from images/photos of their own.

What you will learn

  • Gain tips and confidence in painting people and portraits, including quickly rendering proportion and effective colour mixing for skin tones.
  • Practice and learn a range of watercolour skills, and understand how to use composition, colour and the unique qualities of watercolour to enhance meaning and likeness to their watercolour portraits.

Is this course right for me?

Beginners to watercolour painting are welcome, as well as more experienced artists. Some drawing experience is helpful.

Paints

  • Watercolour Paint Colours: tubes or dry watercolour palettes in a range of basic essential colours: 

Pthalo blue (Windsor blue green shade), Ultramarine blue, lemon yellow, Quinacridone gold, permanent rose (or Alizarin Crimson)

Students are welcome to bring other colours you have or any preferred colours. Handy additions might include: Pthalo green (Windsor green blue shade), Cadmium red.

Your tutor recommends brands like Winsor and Newton, Schminke, Daniel Smith (or equivalent quality). Student quality watercolour paints are cheaper but are made with inks and synthetic dyes, not pigments. They don’t last as long or work as well and the colour quality is not good.

Other items

  • Paint Brushes: Synthetic quality watercolour brushes are fine, approx sizes 1, 4, 8, and 12.
  • Palette: One 6-8 pan palette (deeper pan watercolour palettes are recommended
  • Paper: Ideally, a mix of
    -cheaper watercolour sketch paper (min weight 200gsm). Common brands are Reeves and Canson.
    -300gsm, 100% Cotton, cold-pressed, medium grain watercolour paper. Common brands are Arches and Fabriano
    - Please bring a range of pre-owned and preferred papers if you have them.
  • HB Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Roll of Kitchen paper towel
  • 2x water containers

About studio classes

Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need. We have a maximum of 12 students per class.

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Art Est accepts the NSW Creative Kids Voucher, Parents NSW Voucher and NSW Discover Voucher. You must use your voucher at the time of booking. To book with a Service NSW voucher, you will need to book over the phone or with our voucher booking form. Please note: we cannot accept the Service NSW vouchers via our online checkout. 

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$575 $345 Limited inc GST
Portraits and the Human Figure in Watercolour with Tanya Baily

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Enrolments still open once the course has commenced. (Subject to available places)

Fee includes model for 2 sessions.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.