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Watercolour: Beginners Weekend Workshop

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 weekend could be just for you.

Your facilitator, a master of fine art, will guide you step-by-step through the basic techniques and skills. After spending just two days learning watercolour, you will have attained 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.


By the end of this course, you 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 you are now able to paint almost any subject.

This course covers the following topics:

  • Colour identification
  • Colour mixing and application
  • Composition and subject matter
  • Intended audience

Suitable for anyone new to art or with some previous experience. Everyone will begin to learn on the same footing – from the fundamentals.

Delivery style

  • Delivered over two sessions.

Please bring along the following:

  • Drawing board: a little larger than A4
  • Brushes: medium size soft wash brush, and three round, soft brushes size 2, 4 & 6
  • Sponges: small natural sea sponge
  • Pencils and rulers: HB or H pencil and an ordinary ruler
  • Rubber: 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.

Paints 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

Note: we recommend waiting until one week prior to the first class before buying any materials. We cannot refund any funds spent on materials if the class is cancelled.

Subject matter

Your subject matter can be taken from a photograph, so please bring along a selection of your favourites. Photograph ideas include:

  • animals, birds or favourite pets
  • people or family members
  • a favourite holiday destination
  • a still life group
  • a flower study.

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 before purchasing materials.

About the ## tutor

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.

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

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Course testimonials:

  • John taught us a wide variety of techniques in a really enjoyable manner. I really enjoyed the two days. I am motivated to continue my watercolour efforts.
  • I enjoyed the structure of course delivery, and knowledge of trainer
  • John Wells teaching style was really interesting and allowed us to find our own style. He's an impressive guy!
  • John is a most gifted teacher. I felt very encouraged and John was warm and engaging. I hope to do more classes with him.
  • It was great

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