Watercolour & Sketching Course: Beginners - Short Courses Sydney

Watercolour & Sketching Course: Beginners

What you'll learn

Learn to paint landscapes with our watercolour and sketching course for beginners, as part of our painting short courses in Sydney.

Delve into this watercolour course by starting with sketching on watercolour paper, we'll explore a gentle approach that avoids damaging the paper's texture. Students will lightly outline the basic sketch using a pencil, ensuring the texture remains intact. Moving on to essential colour indicators for watercolour painting—Transparency, Lightfastness, and Staining—we'll discuss how understanding these properties is crucial for achieving desired effects and preserving the integrity of your artwork.

Following the sketch, we'll guide students step-by-step through painting a landscape, emphasizing layering, colours, and shading techniques. Techniques like wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry will be introduced to bring the sky, sea, and various landscape elements to life. We'll also delve into the importance of lights and shadows, demonstrating how to maintain the brightness of the paper and add volume through well-placed shadows. Students will further learn to depict water reflections and texture, enriching their watercolour compositions with depth and detail.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this sketching & watercolour course, you should have:

  • An understanding of sketching onto watercolour paper without damaging the texture of the page
  • Experience with watercolours and how to transition from one colour to another
  • Experimented with wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, and dry-brushing methods
  • Introduction to how to paint a simple landscape scene and create water reflections and texture

Course content

What will be covered in this watercolour painting workshop?

  • Wet-on-wet: Wet the paper with clean water and then apply watercolour paint to create soft, blended effects mostly used for backgrounds.
  • Wet-on-dry: Apply paint to dry paper, for more precise details in the second phase.
  • Dry Brushing: Use a mostly dry brush with minimal water to create texture.
  • Gradients: Create smooth transitions from one colour to another, how to use slope to make the transition smoother.
  • How to emphasise volume by adding shadows
  • Introduction to lights and shadows, how to maintain lights by keeping the white of watercolour paper

Intended audience

Who is this painting course for?

This class is perfect for beginners who want to try something new or add to their creative repertoire.

Course venue

Rozelle Campus

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

Course materials

What to bring to class

Additional information

Please note the following:

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

Course tutors

Saba was born in Tehran, Iran. She studied urban design and furthered her education as a landscape architect at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Saba's art journey began when she was...

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Watercolour & Sketching Course: Beginners

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