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Watercolour For Beginners

This is a perfect gateway class for absolute watercolour beginners. Learn the basics of watercolours through creative exercises and demonstrations, then spend afternoons working on a range of works including landscape, figurative, animal, bird & flowers.

You will learn about papers, brushes, colours and how to use them. Learn how to paint a scene or subject in watercolour, how to use light and colour and then enhance and emphasise using ink or pens to bring your work to life. Get lots of tricks and fun things you can add to your work without the stress. Find your own artistic style and become confident in your painting.

  • Adults: $418.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


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

More about the course

Student Feedback

Camp Creative Survey

"Marion the tutor took us through a variety of watercolour exercises. From mixing colours to producing certain projects incorporating the techniques she had introduced to us. She is a very approachable tutor and encouraged us to ask questions and experiment. This is the second time I have done Marion’s course and very much enjoyed it."

"Great course for beginners and intermediate, I had started watercolour painting 12 months earlier but still picked up many new techniques, Marion Hughes was an excellent tutor."

"Our tutor Marion was such a great teacher. She taught many different applications of watercolour was very inclusive and positive to all members of the class and made it all so much fun. A great week."

"Tutor Marion Hughes was very experienced and great at demonstrations. We learnt a lot of cool tricks and techniques for watercolour painting. She was very approachable and a nice person to talk to and interested in the people in the group and their experiences and personal interests etc."

"I was an absolute beginner but found tutorial very informative and easy to follow. Tutor made it easy and the pace was excellent with lots learnt."



Marion Hughes

Marion Hughes

Marion has been a practising artist for over twenty-five years, working in watercolour, acrylics and oils. She is an experienced art teacher who loves passing on her knowledge and passion for art. Her inspiration comes from the natural world, seen in the landscapes, wildlife and flora in her art.

Visit her website artbymarion.com and follow her on Facebook

Course Requirements

  • Watercolour paper 300gsm Brands to use. Fabriano Rough. Saunders Rough. Arches Rough. This paper comes in sheets 56 x 76cm. We cut them up to use. Alternatively, you can also use watercolour blocks or pads
  • Artist Quality Watercolour paints. Brands to use include Art Spectrum. Windsor Newton.
  • Schmincke. Holbien and Rowney to name a few. Ask you art supplies for artist quality or Cotmans Student colours can be used. They are made by Windsor Newton.
  • Colours I used in the course are Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, Alizarin Crimson or Permanent Crimson, Quinacridone Gold, Lemon Yellow, and Cadmium Yellow.
  • Artliner type fineliners 1mm to 8mm. You don't have to have all the sizes.
  • Pilot Fineliner
  • Dip Pens and nibs. An old fountain pen will also work.
  • Art Spectrum Acrylic Ink in Black and Burnt Sienna
  • Watercolour palette with plenty of mixing space
  • Watercolour brushes in round sizes no.1,3 &6 and a small flat. Roymac Revolution is a good synthetic brush and reasonably priced.
  • A large taklon flat for washes
  • Liner brush or rigger for detail work
  • Medium Board to tape your paper to approx 40 x 45 cm
  • Masking tape
  • Kneadable eraser
  • White Gouache - Rowney or Art Spectrum
  • Spray bottle. The reject shop has these.
  • Water containers 2 x
  • Paper towels 
  • Old towel or part thereof for taking moisture out of brushes
  • Notebook and pen optional.

Please note:

I do have some art supplies available for purchase, should you have difficulty obtaining some of the above. I can also be contacted regards ordering some items for you and bringing them to the course but will need plenty of notice to get the goods in time. Looking forward to seeing you on January 14. Please feel free to contact me on mjmhughes@live.com.au

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