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Exploring Colour in Watercolour with Tanya Baily

Learn to use colour more effectively and expressively in watercolour in this one day workshop. The day begins with a review of colour mixing and how to apply and manipulate colour in watercolour painting, working both wet-in-wet and with glazing on dry. You will be encouraged to develop different and original colour palettes, and to find your own preferred combinations.

You will spend the afternoon using your new and found colour palettes to transform an image of your own.

Artists for reference will be Paul Klee, August Macke, Winifred Nicholson amongst others. Tanya will also demonstrate how to make your own watercolours from pigments, and you will learn some important tips about the differences between pigments.

Is this course right for me?

Beginners to watercolour are welcome, but some prior experience in painting or drawing would be useful.


  • 1x large sheet: size 56x76cm of 100% Cotton 300 gsm medium grain watercolour paper. Most commonly found brands are Arches, Fabriano, Waterford, Canson. Available at all Art Stores. It is important to use this good quality paper to get the most out of the exercises Tanya will be teaching.
  • Your watercolour paints, brushes and palette*
  • Kitchen roll absorbent paper
  • HB pencil, rubber, sharpener

*Please use quality paints such as Winsor & Newton, Art Spectrum, Daniel Smith or Schmincke (Cheap paints have little pigment and are a waste of money.) A basic colour palette will include a cool and warm of each primary colour:
Lemon Yellow, Warm Yellow, Winsor Red (or cadmium), Alizarin Crimson, Prussian or Pthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue.
If you have other colours, keep them handy.

Our workshops are all delivered in studio at Art Est.

We have extra measures in place for your health and well-being.

Please read about our Covid-19 safe measures here.

Maximum of 8-12 students in all our classes depending which studio is used Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

Unless otherwise noted, prices exclude art materials.
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