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Learn watercolour painting techniques with an online painting short course from Sydney!

Botanical art is a unique and specialised art form that captures the colour, precision and detail of fruits, flowers and foliage to realistically represent their natural beauty.

Now online for learning in lockdown, join us to learn techniques for sketching an object in proportion, using pencil and watercolours.

Over 4 calming sessions, you can go to your quiet place as you learn how to work with light, tone and colour to create depth and detail in your botanical art.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this botanical watercolour art course, you should be able to:

  • sketch using pencil with detail and proportion
  • apply watercolour to add light, tone and detailing
  • be confident to attempt new botanical forms in your art
  • apply the main principles of botanical art

What will be covered in this botanical watercolour art course?

  • Main principles of botanical art
  • Tips on pencil sketching with detailing for organic objects
  • How to use watercolour and colour mixing
  • Exercises in watercolours to create depth in an object with light and tone
  • Shading and detailing in a botanical object with watercolour

Who is this botanical watercolour art course for?

This course is suitable for beginners and students with some experience in watercolour.

If you have completed our Online Intro to Watercolour, some content may be familiar, but this course is a chance to consolidate your skills and further develop your watercolour art.

Course materials

Option 1: Purchase a kit at enrolment checkout - make sure we have your address and allow 5 working days for delivery.

Option 2: Uncheck the materials kit at enrolment checkout and bring your own:

  • Watercolour paints in a range of colours (Permanent Rose, Cadmium Red, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Pthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue)
  • Round watercolour brushes, size 2 and size 4
  • Drawing pencil, 2H
  • Soft white eraser
  • Watercolour paper (Smooth finish, 300gsm, 12 sheets A4 will be ideal)

All students will also need to provide from home:

  • a white flat ceramic plate for colour mixing
  • tissues
  • a water jar
  • a ruler
  • notes/images, emailed before each session, may be printed or viewed on a separate device

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Online Intro to Botanical Art with Watercolour

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Online Intro to Botanical Art with Watercolour

Great reasons to enrol in a short course with us

Small classes

A personal approach means quality learning, so you can enjoy plenty of interaction with your instructor and the chance to ask questions.

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Enrol online 24/7 with a safe, convenient 3-step process, and you can change your mind up to 7 days before class starts.

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Our educators bring first-hand experience and knowledge, with up-to-the-minute practices from diverse industries.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: I enjoyed being taught on Zoom more than I thought... I liked the way Shippi demonstrated how to complete the painting at the beginning and encouraged us to take notes. This meant we could practice independently and work at our own pace.

  • said: Wonderful clear instruction and demonstration from Shippi who is very supportive and encouraging! Really enjoy the zoom classes. Many thanks!

  • said: Art classes at night are difficult, especially for beginners with no daylight lamps. Suggested essential equipment: daylight lamps. Tutor is excellent.

  • said: I liked starting Botanical art from home as my confidence is low... Shippi was gently encouraging and letting us do it in our own time. 1.5 hours was not enough to cover all that was necessary. I will definitely do more courses with Shipra.

  • said: Painting with a great teacher

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