Watercolour Bootcamp with Susie Murphie Art Est Art School and Gallery

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Watercolour Bootcamp with Susie Murphie

Watercolour Bootcamp with Susie Murphie

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

This Bootcamp will make a big difference to your watercolour painting skills and confidence. Susie will address common mistakes in watercolour painting and how to avoid or fix them.  

She will teach you how to control your tone, mix colours with subtlety and the correct way to apply paint. She will also cover basic and effective drawing.

By the end of the workshop, you will be confident in applying the paint, so it always looks beautiful and transparent.

Susie is well-known for using a limited palette of six colours and large watercolour brushes, and she will share her tips to approaching many subjects, including still-life, landscape, flowers, travel sketching.

Is this course right for me?

This watercolour painting class is perfect for absolute beginners or those who have previously enjoyed Susie's workshops and wish to learn tips and techniques for painting with the tricky medium of watercolour. You will come away with a feeling of wonder and addiction to this extraordinary watery paint and be confident that you can tackle anything.

What to expect

In this course you will:

  • learn how to keep watercolours transparent and beautiful
  • learn tips and techniques for drawing for watercolour painting
  • learn about painting a variety of subject matter with watercolour — from still life to flowers and landscape, using a loose style that does not concentrate on a lot of detail
  • practice working with a limited colour palette to achieve brilliant results
  • develop your ability to tackle all sorts of subjects with confidence

What other students say about Susie:

[Susie] taught the class enthusiastically with a great sense of humour and plenty of hands-on feedback and encouragement. I had lots of fun too and she helped me let go of some of my apprehensions about watercolour application with her individual approach. It was the best art workshop I have ever attended and I was thrilled with what I accomplished that day!


Please bring the following materials with you to class:

  • 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
    • Cerulean Blue
  • Watercolour paper cold pressed – pad of A3 or A4
  • Large watercolour palette – if unsure, just bring a large white china or melamine plate (not plastic) and Susie can show you which type of palette is best.
  • Watercolour Brushes - a selection between size 12 and 18, Synthetic round pointed 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 soft rags
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Masking tape or clips

Pay an extra $30 and we will provide your paints, brushes and paper to use in class. so you just have to turn up and enjoy yourself! Scroll down to 'Related Products', select Watercolour Material Fee and add it to your cart.

Tea and coffee is provided, please bring some lunch.

About studio classes

Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need. We have a maximum of 12 students per class.

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Course testimonials:

  • Susie Murphie's high-energy, pragmatic approach to teaching watercolour made for a motivating start to my creative year. Her focus on results and on the beauties and innate qualities of the watercolour medium is always helpful. I love how she balances exuberant encouragement of her students with straightforward technical critique and the generous sharing of her wealth of practical experience.
  • Fantastic course. Great teacher. Good facilities.
  • Well thought out exercises, as much help as we needed. Fun experience with a great teacher. Would have liked a week. The organisation within Art Est was good so coffee breaks and lunch times were staggered. The kitchen was always clean and tea and coffee readily available. Although there were several classes running concurrently there was ample room for everyone to be safely spaced.