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Drawing with Confidence for Watercolour Painting with Susie Murphie

Course overview

In this fun and fast-paced class you’ll be shown tips, tricks and secrets of drawing for watercolours with popular tutor Susie Murphie. Learn to draw with confidence so that you can tackle any subject to then paint in watercolours. You’ll be given the basic skills and simple steps for making the process easy. You just have to give enough information so you can then come in with paint and finish the drawing with your brush. The session will include a mix of drawing with pencil and painting with watercolours. A great start for sketching still life, for travel or other watercolour painting subjects.

What to expect

Students will :

  • learn the value of having a time limit!
  • practice capturing a subject with minimal drawing and finished with a beautiful wash of paint
  • learn what to put in and what to leave out!
  • learn about focal points and composition, colour and more

Is this course right for me?

While all levels of artist are welcome, some prior experience with watercolours is recommended.


  • Pencils HB, 2B
  • eraser and sharpener
  • Watercolour paper cold pressed (medium surface/tooth) - pad of A3 or A4
  • Your watercolour paints, brushes and palette
  • Old tea towel, soft cloth or paper towels
  • Masking tape or clips

If you don’t have watercolours, Susie recommends the following which are affordable and excellent quality to ensure you get optimum results:

  • Winsor and Newton watercolour paints: French Ultramarine Blue; Cerulean Blue; Quinacridone Magenta; Quinacridone Gold; Burnt Sienna; Raw sienna; Cerulean Blue (small tubes are fine)
  • Large watercolour palette – if unsure, just bring a large white plastic or ceramic plate
  • Watercolour Brushes size 12 and 16, Synthetic round pointed brushes are available at Bunnings craft section for under $5 each and are excellent. You will not need small brushes.

Use Your NSW Discover Voucher

This class is eligible for the NSW Discover Voucher so you can save $25 on your total cost. To book with your Discover Voucher, simply use our online form in the link below or book over the phone. Please ensure you have your voucher in the form of a PDF ready when you book (this would have been emailed to you by Service NSW).

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