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Learn Travel Sketching in Watercolours | One Day Workshop | Susie Murphie

Course overview

Travel sketching or holiday sketching is a great way to record your travel experiences. You can sketch on the spot or bring your travel photos to life with sketches. In this fun class learn the tips, tricks and secrets of travel sketching with popular watercolour tutor Susie Murphie. This class is conducted in the studios working from reference photos. Bring along your favourite travel photos/postcards for reference or use Susie’s reference material.

What to expect

Students will :

  • learn the value of having a time limit!
  • practice capturing a scene with minimal drawing and instead use 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. Students should have at least attended a beginner watercolour workshop with Jane or Susie.


  • If you have favourite travel photos bring these along.
  • Winsor and Newton watercolour paints NB: your tutor has specified this brand which is affordable and excellent quality to ensure you get optimum results. Small tubes are absolutely fine and will last for months, if not years. The Winsor and Newton colours you will need are: French Ultramarine Blue; Quinacridone Magenta; Quinacridone Gold; Burnt Sienna; Raw sienna;
  • Watercolour paper cold pressed – pad of A3 or smaller
  • Large watercolour palette – if unsure, just bring a large wh ite plastic or ceramic plate to your first class and Susie can show you which type of palette is best.
  • Watercolour Brushes size 12 and 16, Synthetic round brushes are available at Bunnings craft section for under $5 each and are excellent. You will not need small brushes.
  • Pencil 2B
  • Old tea towel or hand towel or paper towels
  • Masking tape or clips

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 12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

Unless otherwise noted, prices exclude art materials.
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$160 Limited inc GST
Learn Travel Sketching in Watercolours | One Day Workshop | Susie Murphie

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Price excludes art materials | While all levels are welcome, students should have at least attended a 1 day beginner watercolour workshop

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

Course testimonials:

  • This style of creating needs quick action and it starts with the darkest tones. It was reinforced that precision isn't vital, & you don't need to cover the whole page with colour - in fact, white is OK. Watercolour forces you to be loose!
  • Susie Murphie is a VERY competent art teacher. A delight to work with. Gets her message across easily.
  • Watching Susie Murphie work, I always learn something in her workshops.