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Watercolour | Painting Landscapes Textures and Marks | Tanya Baily

Course overview

Would you like to learn to capture the textures of the landscape? This workshop concentrates on on techniques and tips for rendering foliage, rocks and skies in watercolour: students will learn how to use the watercolour more loosely and creatively to make more expressive and atmospheric paintings.
The workshop is for those new to watercolours and those with prior experience.

What to expect

Begin with a series of exercises to practice a range of techniques; all students will then compete a landscape painting, in a style of their choosing, from images supplied by the teacher.

Students can expect to practice:

  • Using the water and brush to make textural effects
  • Using a range of techniques, including salt and other resist methods to create texture
  • Colour mixing and palette prepararion
  • Creative approaches to landscape painting
  • Tips for effective composition

Images by Tanya Baily

Is this course right for me?

For those new to watercolours watercolours or more experienced students


  • 1x pad A4 size cheaper student-quality watercolour paper(10-15 sheets). NOTE Tanya is very keen on good quality paper, as her style of painting requires the paper to be able to hold multiple washes of paint. The cheaper paper is fine for sketching and experimenting.
  • 100% cotton watercolour paper, medium grain: most often found brands are Arches, Fabriano. You can buy it in large sheets size 56x76cm at all good art stores. 1 sheet of this size is enough economical way to buy it, you can cut it down to smaller sizes. If you wish to purchase a pad of A3 size, go ahead and do this.
  • Your watercolour paints, brushes and palette*
  • One roll of kitchen roll absorbent paper
  • HB pencil, rubber, sharpener

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

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. Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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Course testimonials:

  • Tanya’s workshop was really inspiring and informative!
  • A very enjoyable course! Learned a bunch of new techniques that I can practice at home.