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Introduction to Watercolour Painting with Tanya Baily

Welcome to the wonderful world of watercolour painting! Tanya will introduce you to all the essential techniques of watercolour through practical exercises, with students painting real objects and scenes. You will get an understanding of how to apply the washes to the paper, how colours are mixed and manipulated and have fun experimenting with a range of wet-in-wet and dry painting techniques.

Tanya will explain the different watercolour materials, pigments, and papers, and you will learn a little of the long and varied history of watercolour painting through to the contemporary artists of today. You will leave with the confidence to join other watercolour classes and workshops, or simply to continue to practice in your own time.

Is this course right for me?

Perfect for beginners, or artists comfortable with other media who want to learn about watercolours. Some drawing experience and advantage.


  • 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.
  • Kitchen roll of absorbent paper
  • HB pencil, rubber, sharpener
  • Your watercolour paints, brushes and palette*

*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.) Small individual tubes in the following basic colour palette will be perfect. Please 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.

Or as a special intro to watercolours offer, pay an extra $20 and use our watercolour paints, brushes and palettes. Add this product at the checkout.

If you have other colours, keep them handy.

Our workshops are all delivered in studio at Art Est.

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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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