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Art Nights | Online | Watercolour Crystals with Monika Diak


From cascading wet washes to staccato dry brush effects, watercolours can produce painting effects which no other medium can match.

With the theme of Crystals, we will recreate the beautiful earthy textures, striking shapes and natural colour blends that make crystals so aesthetically pleasing.

Art Est Art Nights

Welcome to Art Est Art Nights (online series). These are our casual online workshops which are a great way to do some art and have a creative catch up with friends, family or work colleagues in our zoom art room. Set up your space, bring your own drinks, snacks and art supplies, and settle in for a night of art.

These workshops are designed so you will gain a practical understanding of your chosen art form, but they are also relaxed and casual, so you can drink, chat and have a little fun along the way. Art Est Art Nights are suitable for all levels and beginners are very welcome. High school students also welcome to participate.

Workshops are delivered in real time with tuition from our experienced art tutors who will demonstrate and show you step by step techniques. There’s opportunity for students to ask questions along the way and get feedback from your tutor.

What to expect

  • Students will have an introduction and demonstration into how watercolours behave and practice some blending and mixing techniques through simple exercises.
  • Working from a reference piece or their own crystals, students will then look closely at crystal structure and colour (it is clear or opaque, raw or polished etc.), and create their own individual watercolour artwork under the guidance of the tutor.

What you will achieve

Students will:

  • Gain a practical understanding of watercolour techniques
  • Complete their own interpretation of a watercolour Crystal artwork

Is this course right for me?

Suitable for beginners

Recommended Material List

Below is the recommended material list but you are welcome to participate with whatever you have at home:

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Watercolour paints
  • A4 or A3 watercolour paper
  • A selection of brushes
  • Cup (for water)
  • Paper towels
  • Optional: Bring your own crystal to use for inspiration

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

Course testimonials:

  • It's not like the other "paint and sip" classes you see around - it's an actual lesson that's structured but you can still have a laugh and drink. The smaller group is a nice touch too so you actually get one on one time with the tutor. Our tutor Monika made watercolour painting really approachable and I went away with techniques I can continue in my practise so thank you!
  • What made this class different to the standard wine and paint nights was the teacher, the medium we used and the theme of crystals. I have not seen a class quite like this one and Monika is a wonderful and attentive teacher. She was incredibly encouraging and the atmosphere was light, fun and suitable for all skill levels. I would highly recommend the class for night out with friends.