Centre for Continuing Education

A Weekend of Watercolour Course

Painting. Picture yourself painting.

Learn to paint the smart way with Painting courses at the University of Sydney.

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 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 learning 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 fingertips.


  • Colour identification
  • Colour mixing and application
  • Composition and subject matter

Materials list

We recommend you wait until one week prior to commencement before buying materials. We cannot refund any monies spent on materials if 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 equivalent.
  • Mixing Dishes: An ordinary large white china plate.
  • Masking Fluid: Watercolour masking fluid.


Either tubes or pans (i.e. paint box pans) of the following watercolour paints:

  • 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 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


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • Great course, great tutor, great food, great venue. Doing the next course next weekend.

  • This course has given me enough knowledge and encouragement to kick-start creative capabilities with water colour. The tutor has the energy that inspires confidence, and helped me create something I never thought I could in just a weekend.

  • A very engaging weekend of watercolour. The teaching and guidance from the tutor allowed me to learn the basics in a safe environment, whilst at the the same time I was allowed to begin to develop my own style. Great teacher. I loved the environment and felt pampered! Will definitely continue to develop my art in watercolour.

  • All excellent. Great tutor, course and venue. A weekend well spent!

  • A great teacher. This course was a real pleasure and has given me the confidence to paint for myself.

  • The teacher was helpful and tended to each of us. Especially as a beginner, it was easy to become embarrassed and want to give up, but we were encouraged not only to complete it, but to be proud of our work. It was an enjoyable weekend and I was impressed by what everyone had accomplished.

  • A great intro to the art of watercolour. Able to keep exploring on my own for a while. Lovely helpful teacher.

  • A fantastic tutor who encouraged students to find their personal style whilst guiding them in the art of water colour painting. Thank you for a fantastic weekend.

  • A great pleasure to attend the course, excellent presenter. An enjoyable experience in all aspects.