A Weekend of Watercolour

at Sydney University Centre for Continuing Education

Centre for Continuing Education

Find out more about this course at the Sydney University Centre for Continuing Education

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 workshop 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.

Course content

This watercolour painting course will cover the following topics:
Colour identification
Colour mixing and application
Composition and subject matter

Course materials list

We recommend you wait until one week prior to course commencement before buying materials. We cannot refund any monies spent on materials if the course is cancelled. You will need to bring the following materials to each day:

  • 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 Steadler rubber
  • Masking Tape: Masking tape, artist quality
  • Water Container: Jam jar or equivilent
  • Mixing Dishes: An ordinary large white china plate
  • Masking Fluid: Watercolour masking fluid


Either tubes or pans (i.e. paint box pans):

  • Reds: Cadmium Red & Alizarine Crimson
  • Yellows: Cadmium Yellow, Lemon & Yellow Ocre
  • Greens: Hookers, Sap & Veridian
  • Blues: Cereleum, Ultramarine, Prussian & Cobalt
  • Browns: Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber & Raw Sienna

Note: Black or White watercolour paints are not needed


Canson, 300gm watercolour pad, medium texture, size A4

Subject matter

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.
Recommended suppliers:

Fine Art Papers Pty Ltd
110 Johnston Lane, Annandale
Ph: 02 9660 1182

Newtown Art Supplies
15 Wilson Street, Newtown
Ph: 02 9516 2339

Oxford Art Supplies
221/223 Oxford Street, Paddington
Ph: 02 9360 4066

North Shore Art Supplies
10 George Street, Hornsby
Ph: 02 9476 0202

Interested in this course? Why not join the waiting list now