Watercolour: Intermediate - Northern Beaches Community College

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Watercolour: Intermediate

Course Outline:

*Prerequisite: Watercolour Beginners or equivalent

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 painting course could be just for you. Your tutor, a master of fine art, will guide you, step-by-step through the basic techniques and skills, so after spending just a weekend on 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 finger tips. Join this fun, relaxed course and discover this wonderful, soft yet powerful medium. You'll begin by learning basic techniques, colour mixing and effects. Bring along your own subject - a favourite photo of a landscape, loved one or pet. You'll be amazed by your progress in only a very short time.

Please note if you have not completed a course with John Wells before, please follow the link below to the Watercolour Painting for Absolute Beginners where in the first week John will take you through the groundwork needed to complete this very popular course.

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

Please Bring:

A drawing board: A little larger than A4 

Brushes: Medium size soft wash brush, and three round, soft brushes size 2, 4 & 6 

Small natural sea sponge. 

Pencils and Rulers: HB or H pencil and an ordinary ruler.
A white Staedler rubber. 

Masking tape. 

Water Container. 

A large white china plate. 

Masking Fluid:  


Either tubes or pans (paint box pans) of the following watercolour paints: 

Cadmium Red.
Alizarin Crimson.
Cadmium Yellow.
Lemon Yellow. 
Yellow Ochre
Sap green 
Viridian green
Cerulean blue
Ultramarine blue 
Cobalt Blue.
Burnt Umber 
Burnt Sienna, 
Raw Umber 
Raw Sienna 

Note: Black and white watercolour paints are not needed. 

Paper: *very important*

Canson watercolour pad, 300 gr, size A4

Your subject matter can be taken from a photograph, so to support this watercolour painting course, please bring photographs of a family member, a favourite pet, a well loved holiday location, a still life group or a flower study. Otherwise, bring along a selection so there are a few to choose from.

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.

Local Suppliers

Eckersley's Arts and Craft Brookvale
1/648 Pittwater Rd, Brookvale
Ph: 02 8058 9491

The Art Shop
12/20 Bungan St, Mona Vale
Ph: 02 9979 6559

Manly Art Supplies
8 Belgrave St, Manly
Ph: 02 9977 4107

Riot Arts and Crafts
Westfield Warringah Mall, Brookvale
Ph: 02 9905 0910

Please note classes held at Collaroy need to be cancelled with the council if numbers not met 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO WORKSHOP DATES due to council requirements. Please book well in advance of this to avoid disappointment."

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.

$342 Limited inc GST / $307.80
Watercolour: Intermediate

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Course testimonials:

  • While I have been coming for many years, I still learn.
  • John is a wonderful teacher, the class is run in a relaxed environment and classes are delivered with love and humour. You can work at your own pace and John is always on hand to give advice. The facilities are great and office staff is extremely helpful and friendly. Going to art classes has been a wonderful way to escape the everyday and bring out my creative side, thank you.
  • Excellent classes. Good atmosphere with enthusiastic participants.
  • John is a great teacher and his wealth of knowledge is incredible. I feel so lucky to have found myself lucky enough to have a place in John's class with all my talented wonderful classmates. Monday is the best day of my week. I look forward to class in 2020.
  • I love my Monday morning classes with John . Excellent teacher, super friendly College staff and wonderful company
  • I enjoyed the interaction with other class members and John’s teaching style.
  • Excellent with a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Very informative and creative gets your skills up to more than ever expected, an excellent teacher with so much experience an extremely practical and challenging course with a great motivating teacher. I am re-enrolled for the next term to learn even more.
  • Fun Interaction between course members. The tutor was extremely approachable and helpful.
  • It's a lovely relaxed environment and John Wells is a very talented artist who brings out the best in his students.

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