Watercolour: Beginners - Northern Beaches Community College

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Watercolour: Beginners

Course Outline:

Have you ever thought you might enjoy watercolour painting? It’s such a wonderfully soft and expressive medium, quite delicate; but dynamic. Then this relaxed, eight week class, could be just for you. As you complete your personal watercolour paintings, by a process of mentorship, your tutor, a master of fine art, will show you basic techniques and skills. So, after spending just eight weeks, you will attain the confidence to paint pictures you will be proud to show your family and friends, as well as having a brand new means of artistic expression at your fingertips. Please note this class is suitable for people who have not previously completed a Watercolour class with John Wells.

Topics include

  • Colour identification
  • Colour mixing and application
  • Composition and subject matter.

By the end of this course students should be able to

  • Recognise the complexity of watercolour painting.
  • Recognise the nuances of colour and colour mixing.
  • Identify where light and contrast are seen in painting.
  • Employ some of the various watercolour painting techniques available.
  • See and relate to painting form in its many guises.
  • Obtain confidence in the knowledge that they are able to paint almost any subject.

These classes are geared towards people from the ages of eighteen years and upwards, who have either some previous art experience, or none.

Please Bring:

  • Materials Drawing Board: A little larger than A4
  • Brushes: Medium size soft wash brush, and three round, soft brushes size 2, 4 & 6Sponges:
  • Small natural sea sponge
  • Pencils and Rulers: HB or H pencil and an ordinary rulerRubber:
  • Hard white Staedler rubber
  • Masking Tape (artist quality)
  • Water Container: Jam jar or equivalent

Mixing Dishes:

  • An ordinary large white china plate
  • Masking Fluid:
  • Watercolour masking fluid


  • Either tubes or pans (ie paint box pans) of the following watercolour paints:
  • Reds: Cadmium Red & Alizarin Crimson
  • Yellows: Cadmium Yellow, Lemon & Yellow Ochre
  • Greens: Hookers, Sap & Viridian
  • Blues: Cerulean, Ultramarine & Cobalt
  • Browns: Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber & Raw Sienna

Note: Black and white watercolour paints are not needed.


Canson, 300gm watercolour pad, medium texture, size A4

Please Note: NBMC is not liable to for any loss incurred if a class is cancelled please check with the college by calling 02) 9970 1000 or emailing enquiries@nbmc.nsw.edu.au before purchasing materials.

About the Tutor:

John Wells

John Wells has a Foundation and Pre Diploma from the Rochester College of Art, a Diploma in Art and Design (First Class Honours) from Brighton College of Art and Design and a Master of Fine Art Degree from Reading University. John is a professional artist, and produces murals and works in trompe l’oeil for clients as diverse as Meriton Apartments and Fox Studios. John has extensive teaching experience in the adult education sector.

$369 Limited inc GST / $332.10
Watercolour: Beginners

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Course testimonials:

  • A great way to begin watercolour painting. By the end of the course we were all proficient in basic and some advanced techniques. There was a WOW factor is much of our work. Thanks to John Wells, our characterful teacher.
  • Although 100% novice, I was treated with a welcoming respect by John and all other members of the group. Without any artistic flair, I totally enjoyed the challenge each week. I feel that the time I have put aside on Monday mornings has given me a new outlook, I look at everything more closely, taking in the wonderful colors that exist around us. Thank you John, and the college for the opportunity of joining your group. Bob Spencer.
  • I joined the class being a complete novice at water colour painting, so I had a lot to learn. John has also previously taught me drawing and as before he is a true master at what he can do skill wise and a fantastic mentor. He is truly very dedicated to his class and becomes very passionate about what they do and how they do it.
  • I enjoyed learning watercolour painting techniques in a friendly supportive group. I like to think I have improved.

Contact us

Narrabeen Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road,
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Office Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm, Mon to Fri

Brookvale Campus: Level 1, 14 William St, Brookvale NSW 2100
Office Hours: 9.00am to 4.00pm, Tues and Thur

Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113