The Ultimate course for new
The only watercolour course you'll ever need.
From Absolute Beginners to Intermediate & beyond.
Everything you never knew.
Online Anytime OR
Live on Zoom
Where your skills come alive. Not-quite-beginners but not independent painters will love finessing their talents.
About Northern Beaches Watercolour-
IS A 4 x stage BEGINNER'S WATERCOLOUR PAINTING COURSE for Adults only. It aims to encourage new artists to try the beautiful medium of watercolour paint. Jenny likes her classes to be fun and lighthearted while learning the serious stuff along the way!
* ON ZOOM: Jenny now teaches online by Zoom, and will even give you a mini zoom tutorial if needed.
* ONLINE: NOW we have launched our unbeleivably popular Level 1 and 2 courses online, with Levels 3 and 4 coming soon to Welcome To Watercolour which you can find under the online tab above. We also have two venues: (when we start face to face again) at Collaroy Swim Club and Tramshed Narrabeen, and teach on Wednesdays and Fridays, including an evening class on Wednesdays. During this time of Covid we are limiting to Online and Zoom Classes (see the Zoom tab.)
There are 4 stages in this very structured course, and continues on with Independent Stage 5 Painters group if you wish. All modes are the same, whether you are learning Online by yourself, on Zoom live with Jenny or in a face to face class.
NEW STUDENTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO JOIN ANY STAGE ANY TIME.
- Absolute Beginners (Stage 1)
- Beginners (Stage 2) and
- Experienced Beginners / Pre Intermediate (Stage 3)
The first 3 stages are structured classes with set topics and students learning how to paint, each week building on the classes beforehand, painting fun subjects, exercises and paintings: This course is tried and true, and Jenny has taught literally hundreds of adults to paint in watercolour. You can see her student's paintings in the Student gallery.
- Consolidation/Intermediate (Stage 4), is the final set stage where students put together skills learned into full paintings of set subjects.
- Stage 5 Painting Groups - students paint whatever they want or choose something from our collection. Note, different venues have different conditions for this group. This group is for graduated NBW students only.
Students can do as many, or as few stages as they want, and can join at any stage.
Sometimes described as "the hard one", watercolour is a learned technique and it's easy when you know how. NBW wants to show students the right way, not the hard way (trying to figure it out yourself!) to enjoy this gorgeously soft, but dynamic and colourful medium. Taking students from Absolute Beginners to independent painting, NBW will share tips and tricks learned over 30 years and ultimately help painters produce their own fantastic artworks that they will be proud to show off. Of course, practice is key, and nothing is achieved without practice.
Students need have no prior experience, and a talent for drawing is certainly NOT a prerequisite, though it is very handy! Jenny is careful to preserve a beginner watercolourist's natural style and likes a casual, relaxed and fun atmosphere in her classes and her approach to teaching Watercolour. You will learn using artist grade equipment which will give you the best possible and most encouraging outcome. Students will benefit from dozens of hands on demos and discussions. You will have step by step instruction, with worked examples and an atmosphere of encouragement.
Everyone can be an artist, it's never to late to learn. Please ensure you choose the right 'stage'. We have a Quiz on the 'classes' tab to help you decide if you wish!
Jenny Gilchrist is your tutor.
Did they love it?
"WOW, that was the absolute best 2.5 hours I have had for a VERY long time. Jenny is not only a talented artist, but she also has a gift in translating that talent into teaching in a very easy to follow and enjoyable way. Totally recommend, if you're willing, Jenny is able :)"
Student Jodie B - Absolute Beginners Stg 1 Zoom.
"Loving, Loving, LOVING Stage 4! So will you. I was totally petrified by the level of expertise I thought was needed however I am blown away by what has been achieved under Jenny's encouraging, insightful, expert tutoring."
Student JF - Stages 1-4
"It's so great to have EVERYTHING at your fingertips, photo references, demonstrations, explanations, even a virtual critique after every painting, so I can troubleshoot if I've done something wrong! This is hands down the best course I've ever done, and I've tried plenty. Worth every penny. Thanks Jenny."
Student Andrea Cooke - Stage 1 Online
Jenny is so much fun, and makes watercolour seem achievable - she certainly has the knack of teaching - breaking it down into easy pieces so you can master one skill before going onto another...then putting it all together. I'm SO pleased I found this course, it's way better than other's I've tried. I LOVE it!
Student Emma Jansen - Stages 1-4
"Unbelievable! I had no idea what I was missing out on, I thought I was an intermediate painter, I'm SO glad I started from the start, its made a huge difference to the quality of my painting."
Student Marie G.- Stages 1 - 3
"I was so nervous about doing it, (Stage 4) and thought there's no way I was ready to paint those things. Jenny explains everything so well and makes it feel achievable. I'm really proud of what I've accomplished from doing the classes. Our own personality comes out in our painting, rather than being taught how to paint direct copies, which is so i mportant. I love seeing everyone's take on a single subject."
Student CR - Stages 1-4