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Working With Watercolour | Tanya Baily | Colour and Composition

Course Overview

Working with Watercolour is a monthly series of related weekend workshops that will expand your skills and understanding of watercolour painting and will challenge you to discover and experiment with the full expressive qualities of this elusive and magical fine art medium.

This is one of a series of six workshops by Tanya Baily in 2022

1. Wet-in-Wet
2. Descriptive Brush Techniques
3. All About Colour
4. Plein Air and the Sketch
5. Colour and Composition
6. Expressive Watercolours

You can sign up for all six workshops, or pick and choose particular workshops that match your interest.

What to expect

Each workshop is designed around particular themes and goals, with exercises and ideas to practice a full range of watercolour techniques. You will learn the methods of the masters and of contemporary artists, and Tanya will guide you to develop your own style.

Workshop Delivery

This workshop will be studio-based where students will be encouraged to work directly from life, or plein air in the streets and parks around Artest (where suitable).

Workshop theme: Colour and Composition

Workshop #5 is dedicated to thinking about the relationship of colours in compositions in order to achieve stronger expressive watercolour paintings. The morning begins with quick exercises revising how best to maintain the freshness and beauty that we associate with colour in watercolour: which colours to apply first and how to keep paintings transparent and beautiful. Students will then learn about the relationship of colours in compositions, using practical tips on where best to start and which combinations of pigments to choose. With the use of examples from watercolour artists, Tanya will discuss how different colour combinations and exaggerations can enhance the expressive and narrative content of a painting. Students can paint from life in or outside the studio, or from an image of their own, using colour composition as a primary descriptive and expressive tool.

Is this course right for me?

Suitable for beginners to watercolour as well as experienced artists. Those new to Watercolour Painting are advised to attend workshops 1,2 and 3 in order to get the full benefit of workshops 4,5,6.

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

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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$190 Limited inc GST
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