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Extend your skills and tonal expression with our painting short courses in Sydney!

We’re raising the tone at this workshop, with watercolour artist Tony Belobrajdic, on how to create studies and sketches using graphite and water wash.

Through detailed artist demonstration and hands-on practice, you'll discover how to work with graphite stick and pencil to produce a black and white drawing, which is then transformed into a tonal watercolour using just water and brush.

This technique is easier to control than traditional watercolours, producing a simple but striking monotone image, with texture and depth. The technique is great for studies and sketches and can be finished to a very detailed drawing.

What will be covered in this graphite & wash painting course?

  • Basic drawing methods and composition
  • Sketching out with pencil
  • Using graphite stick for line, shading and highlights
  • Water and brush techniques to add tone and soften
  • Final detailing and charcoal for darkest accents

Please note: Online course is adapted for Zoom delivery and may not achieve all outcomes in the shorter timeframe.

Who is this graphite & wash painting course for?

All are welcome, but some level of drawing or painting skill is advised.

Course venue

Rozelle Campus

2A Gordon Street, Rozelle NSW 2039 (corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd in the grounds of St. Joseph's Church)

If driving, there is no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian access is opposite Prince Street.

What to bring to class

Desks and easels are provided, but please bring:

  • 1 large sheet of Arches 300g Watercolour paper (cold-pressed, medium or rough)
  • 1 water-soluble graphite soft bar
  • 1 water-soluble graphite pencil
  • charcoal sticks or pencils
  • 1 round size 16 watercolour brush

Additional information

  • Closed-in shoes required
  • Please wear old clothes
  • Long hair must be tied back

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Graphite & Wash Painting Workshop

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Graphite & Wash Painting Workshop

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Course testimonials:

  • said: 5 stars!

  • said: Tony was very generous and affable tutor. He was encouraging and patient.

  • said: Good tutor, I learnt a lot, enjoyed the course and would attend further courses when able... but the room would be inaccessible to some possible students... Would recommend to friends depending on the lift and their level of activity.

  • said: Great course. Good introduction to graphite and wash. Thanks Tony

  • said: 5 stars!

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