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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 your afternoons working on a range of works including landscape, figurative, animal, bird and flora.

  • Adults: $418.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


Age 16+
Skill Level Beginner
Time slot Whole week - full days
Status Filling up.
Location Bellingen High School

More about the course

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.



Marion Hughes

Marion Hughes

Marion Hughes 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.


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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