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Colour it with Pencil

Take your drawings into the world of colour! Linda will teach you how to master layering colours over and on top of one another to create colour pencil paintings of rich and luminous depth.

Learn texture, reflection, form and composition, as well as basic colour theory. All your colour pencil questions will be answered. Learn the difference between wax/oil pencils and watercolour pencils, how to layer, blend, create texture, wash or not, how to include graphite, which paper to use when, as well as all the basic techniques you need to get the most out of your colour pencil. You will enjoy step-by-step guidance, and the best part is that these techniques can be learned by anyone – no matter your current skill level! Subjects this year will include: ‘Glass’ in waxed/standard colour pencil, ‘Botanical’ in Aquarelle colour pencils, ‘Landscape’ in graphitint and graphite pencil, and an animal subject using colour pencils on coloured paper.

  • 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

With a wide and varied number of subjects to explore, you will discover how to get the best from these mediums.

An experienced art tutor, Linda will demonstrate all the techniques she uses in an easy to follow step by step approach; supported by one-on-one tuition and a comprehensive workbook you can take away with you.

Weather permitting, a morning of ‘urban drawing’ will also be a highlight.

Some reference photos and still life materials are supplied, but students are encouraged to include their own photo references and ‘find’ their own objects. Her classes are quite structured, but allow great freedom for the discovery of self-expression and joy through the wonder of the natural world.

Be prepared for the unexpected, lots of fun and to take a few risks with your pencils!

Subjects this year will include

‘Glass’ in waxed/standard colour pencil or graphite pencil, ‘Botanical’ in Aquarelle colour pencils, ‘Landscape’ in graphitint and graphite pencil, and an animal subject using colour pencils on coloured paper



Linda Weil

Linda Weil

Linda is a professional artist with over forty years experience specialising in drawing Australian wildlife, botanical and nature studies in graphite and colour pencil. She has worked as a professional illustrator for national magazines as well as teaching and exhibiting her drawings in a variety of galleries and exhibitions throughout Australia.

Her engaging and detailed drawings of animals, pets, wildlife, botanical and nature studies have won numerous awards.

Linda has authored/illustrated ‘How to Draw Lifelike Animals’ and co-authored ‘The Art of Drawing Animals for the well-known international art publisher, Walter Foster. She has been commissioned to produce work for Derwent pencils and her drawings can found on the latest packaging for a variety of different Derwent products.

Her drawings have been featured in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Australian Geographic Art calendar. Linda teaches regular drawing classes locally in Victoria and workshops interstate.

A full resume, list of awards, as well as examples of her work can be viewed at http://home.exetel.com.au/lindaweil

You can also follow her blog https://lindaweilfineart.blogspot.com/

Course Requirements

General supplies

  • Drawing board (A3 size minimum) with prop
  • Bulldog clips
  • Masking tape
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Blu Tack (not UHU white tack or pink or green tack. Original Bostick Blue)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • A4 Cartridge Visual Diary (for sketch and note taking if you require)

Pencils as follows

Graphite pencils: 2H, F, HB, B, 2B and 4B

Colour pencils:

  • Aquarelle (watercolour) colour pencils. Minimum set of 12
  • Wax or Oil based colour pencils –Minimum set of 12 please. These are your ‘standard’ colour pencils.*

*Note, please bring reputable brands only – If you are purchasing for the first time, Professional or Artist grade is highly recommended. Supermarket or $2 shop type pencils are not acceptable. There will be a class set of wax and aquarelle pencils available for you to use.

Please make sure a white pencil is included in your sets.

Water soluble graphite pencil: 4B Derwent Sketch and wash recommended (please make sure there is a ‘paintbrush’ icon on the side of any pencil you purchase)

Water-soluble Derwent Graphitint pencils: If you own a set, please bring; otherwise a single Indigo or Blue Grey pencil is sufficient. If you cannot find individual pencils, I have a class set you may borrow for the exercise. Please contact me before you purchase any.

Colour pencil blender for wax/oil pencils: This may be included in your set, if not your art shop can assist.


Pental Aquash Medium (Japanese nylon brush with water barrel) OR a number 4 or 5 round camel hair type brush and a water pot.


At least one sheet of following, cut to 4 x A3 size for transport*

  • Full sheet 300gsm Hot Press watercolour paper. Arches or Fabriano or Lana – you will most likely end up using all four cut sheets, so be prepared to buy extra if needed, or buy two full sheets
  • Full sheet 300gsm Cold Press watercolour paper. Arches or Fabriano or Lana – if you already own a pad of this type of paper that is acceptable as long as the weight is at least 250gsm.

Photographic reference material

 Linda will supply some images. However, if you wish to draw a particular subject (your dog, cat, grandchild), you must bring good quality A4 size prints of same.

A small glass item: This can be a shot glass, wine glass, small glass figurine, etc.


You may wish to include some or all of the following in your ‘kit’ if you already own these items.

  • A portable light source
  • Knife/box cutter
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • White cotton gloves
  • Tracing paper
  • Pastels / Pastel pencils
  • Any type of colour pencil you already own and wish to try out.


The standard size drawings will be done on A3 size paper, so if you prefer to buy pads of paper or already own pads, bring these along instead of buying especially.

Students are encouraged to bring in those materials they already own and have been using and are comfortable with.

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