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Online | Colours in the Landscape | Watercolours with Tanya Baily

Course Overview

Immerse yourself for a day in contemplation of the beautiful and varied colours of the landscape. It is all about colour, and the subtle combinations of green, blue, red, ochre and grey that are the palette of the landscape.

Working from photo images of their choice, students will study the variations of tone and hue that are required to describe particular landscapes and times of the day. Time will be spent revisiting colour and colour theory, with attention as to how light affects the colour of objects.

We will reference the work of a range of artists and styles such as Heysen, Hilder, Namatjira, Singer Sergeant, Cossington Smith, and Mc Queen.

What to expect

  • In the morning, we’ll do some rigorous colour work, learning how a minimum of pigments can be worked to produce a full range of colours. Students will make several quick colour study sketches from images provided, and will learn about different papers, pigments and materials.
  • In the afternoon we slow down, and students will finish a more detailed painting from an image of their choice. We will focus on layering colour for beautiful detail and on how to depict light in skies, on foliage and rocks.

What you will learn

By the end of the workshops, students will:

  • Have a deeper understanding of how to manage and mix colour and the confidence to tackle landscape subjects
  • Gain invaluable tips on how to keep their colours glowing, and how to depict the complex and subtle changes in colour at different times of day.
  • Learn different effects from mixing the colour in the palette and on the paper, both wet and dry

Is this course right for me?

This is good for beginners to watercolour as well as those with more experience

Recommended Material List

  • Paint Colours: tubes or dry palettes.

Basic essential colours: pthalo blue (Windsor blue green shade), ultramarine blue, lemon yellow, Quinacrodone gold, permanent rose (Or Alizarin Crimson)

Handy additions might include: pthalo green (Windsor green blue shade), Cadmium red

Your tutor recommends the following brands: Windsor 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.

  • Paint Brushes: please bring previously owned or preferred. Synthetic quality cheaper watercolour brushes are fine, approx sizes 4, 8, and 12.
  • Palette: 1x 6-8 pan palette (seeper pan watercolour palettes are preferred.)
  • Paper: Ideally, a mix of

A small A5 pad; cheaper watercolour sketch paper (min weight 200gsm). Common brands are Reeves and Canson.
1x sheet (56x76cm 300gsm, 100% Cotton, cold pressed, medium grain watercolour paper). Common brands are Arches and Fabriano.

  • HB Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Roll of Kitchen paper
  • 2x water containers

This class will run online

Due to Sydney’s COVID-19 restrictions, our classes have been designed to run online. Click here to see our detailed guide to setting up, and having a smooth online class.

Fees for adult classes exclude art materials. Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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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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