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The Beauty of Watercolour

Work with internationally recognised teacher Terry Jarvis, to be supported to develop the foundational skills required to paint beautiful watercolour art.

The beauty of watercolour requires an understanding of the medium’s relationship with water – an element that can make it a daunting proposition. Learn about papers, brushes, colours, and how to use them. Develop techniques such as wet into wet, dry brush, glazing, mixing colours, flat and graded washes. Learn how to construct a painting from start to finish and how to use light and colour.

  • Adults: $418.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


Age 16+
Skill Level Everyone
Time slot Whole week - full days
Status 2022 details coming soon.
Location Bellingen High School

More about the course

Enjoy a great week with this internationally recognised artist.

Our first lesson will explain the materials required to produce and convey great watercolour messages to those that view the finished painting. Understanding paper, brushes, pigment, and how to use them will be the theme.

Our next session is designed for those who find watercolour a daunting proposition! Today will provide you with the necessary foundational skills to paint beautiful watercolours. Areas covered will be wet-in-wet, wet-in-damp, dry brush, edges, temperature, tonal evaluation, subject matter, and shapes.

You might be terrified at the start, but you won’t be at the finish as you integrate buildings and landscapes. We will cover perspective, composition, painting into the light, painting with backlighting and moments from dawn to dusk. You will paint from differing vantage points integrating buildings, animals and figures into your landscape.

We also cover one of the most avoided subjects in watercolour, “the interior”. Light is a major consideration. There will be demonstrations and explanations showing how to paint the right edges in the right circumstance. The painting of different textures will also be treated.

We will explore a nautical theme that includes: water, waves, reflections, boats, harbours, sand, shells, headlands, as well as sunny, stormy, and cloudy days. Weather permitting; there will be an opportunity to paint “en plein air” outdoors as well. I look forward to working with the students as we discover the delights of watercolour painting together.

I look forward to working with the students as we discover the delights of watercolour painting together.

Please contact me via terry@terryjarvis.com.au if you have any questions.


Terry  Jarvis

Terry Jarvis

Terry is one of Australia’s exceptional watercolour artists. His passion for his craft and his love of the wonderful medium of watercolour is revealed through his varied subject matter ranging from magnificent Australian scenes to paintings of his travels which include the Greek Islands, Tuscany, Italy, Finland, Northern Ireland and Sweden. He is a much sought-after watercolour tutor across the globe.

In 2012 he had a sell-out workshop tour to the Greek islands. He has been a regular tutor at the Bathurst summer and winter schools for the last seven years and is a regular teacher of watercolour in most states in Australia each year. He has regular exhibitions in Scandinavia, workshops in Tuscany, Greek islands, France, Australian exhibitions, and has lots of fun!

You can view his work at www.terryjarvis.com.au or follow him on Instagram



Course Requirements

Try to be in class at least ten minutes before the class begins to set up your equipment so that we can start on time.

Watercolour Paper: four sheets 300gsm. Saunders or Arches (alternately Pads or Blocks are fine).

Watercolour Palette: one Plastic Palette with plenty of mixing areas is fine

Water Pot

Paints: Rowney / Windsor and Newton / or any artist quality brand.

  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Viridian
  • Permanent Rose
  • Cadmium Red
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Neutral Tint
  • Cobalt Turquoise
  • Cobalt Turquoise Light
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Permanent Magenta
  • Cadmium Orange

Permanent White Gouache: Rowney is a good brand for gouache.

Brushes: Round

No. 1, No 3, No. 6, Mop. Brush for large washes

Synthetic Brushes are fine or sables if you can afford them.

I have found that the best synthetic brushes around are Roymac Revolution Brushes – they perform like a sable brush but are less than half the price!

Easels: You may prefer to stand and paint (as I do), or sit and paint. If you prefer to sit at a table as many do, you will need a table easel or something to prop up behind your board to get a nice slope to paint your watercolours on. 

If you prefer to stand, a light tripod easel would be suitable and a small table or something to rest your pallet/water/brushes/ etc. on to place alongside your easel would be handy, particularly if we get to paint outside.

  • One roll of 25mm masking tape
  • One medium size board to stick your watercolour on (approx. 40cm x 45cm)
  • One 2B Pencil and sharpener
  • One Kneadable Eraser
  • One drawing Pad or drawing paper
  • One pad for notes
  • A rag
  • Tissues

En Plein Air Session: If we get the chance to go outside to paint some extras would be: stool, or easel, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle, (some to drink, some to paint with!)

All of these requirements are only a guide. For example, if you have some paint sets, or can buy a set of paints a bit cheaper, by all means, bring them along, I am super flexible! Just get what you can afford, and we will work together with your equipment.

All materials can be purchased locally.  Contact Gail Cardow from Island Art Shop & Studio on 02 66556822 to place your order before the Camp. Gail also delivers each day of the camp.

You can also email Gail at gail@islandartshop.com.au or via her Facebook page

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