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The Urban Landscape in Watercolour with Tanya Baily

This is your chance to tackle the complex scenes of city life in watercolours. Tanya will guide the class with tips on how to simplify what you see into manageable compositions, and you will learn techniques to paint the varying textures of bricks, masonry, tarmac, windows, foliage and more that crowd our urban landscape.

What to expect

The day starts with looking at how to use watercolour to describe different textures and shades of the urban landscape. Time will be spent working with colour and colour mixing, and on designing interesting compositions. Tanya will give essential tips on where to start with a complex watercolour painting and how to build interesting, expressive and imaginative works. Students will then paint a watercolour painting from an image of their choice.

Workshop Delivery

This workshop will be studio-based and students should bring images of their own to paint, either your own house or street, or a building or image of your choice.

Is this course right for me?

Suitable for enthusiastic beginners to watercolour as well as experienced artists.

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)

Students are welcome to bring other previously owned or preferred colours. Handy additions might include: pthalo green(Windsor green blue shade), Cadmium red

Tutor recommends the brands Winsor 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: Synthetic quality cheaper watercolour brushes are fine, approx sizes 4, 8, and 12.
*Palette: One 6-8 pan palette (deeper 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.
  • Please bring a range of pre-owned and preferred papers if you have them.
  • HB Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Roll of Kitchen paper
  • 2x water containers

This class is held in our new studios.

Our 2022 workshops will all be delivered in our new, fully airconditioned Art Est Studios in the John Street Leichhardt Precinct. We are affectionately calling it East Village Leichhardt, as it’s on the border with Annandale! Click the venue link below for details.

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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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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