Friday Watercolour Classes
- at Collaroy Swim Club



 Beginners  (Stage 2)  Watercolour Painting Class - 31st Jan 2020  (not absolute beginners)


WHO:  Anyone over 18yrs.  For students who have finished Absolute Beginners Stage 1, or those who already know the foundation skills of watercolour painting.  For Current stage 1 students, this class runs directly from your current class  and has all the same details.  New students are VERY welcome.
WHERE:   Collaroy Swim Club above the Collaroy Beach Surf Club (beach side). Find the glass door leading upstairs.

WHEN:   Fridays, 10 week TERM STARTS Friday 16 October - 18th December.  10.00am - 12.30pm (2.5 hours).
Door is open from 9.45am. 

REQUIREMENTS:  An equipment list is provided on this page. you require all equipment from Stage 1 and Stage 2. (See orange button)  Students are required to provide their own equipment. Some items are compulsory.
OPTION 1:   $370 for Full 10 week term. - $14.80.
OPTION 2:  $345 Buy any 9 (of the 10 available) weeks option (and if you find you can come to the last one pay $40 cash, before class, on the day.) We do not offer any further reductions. 
PARKING:  FREE parking available in the near vicinity.  Park off the main road so you are not metered.
Note: parking can be inconsisent, particularly in summer  - carparks and local secondary roads offer the best parking.  

Please Note Ts & Cs -  Please do not ask for further discounted/shortened terms.  We cannot offer refunds, credits or makeups for missed weeks after term start date due to your individual circumstances.  (holidays, illness, work etc.)   Please check terms and conditions pages for full details  and book carefully choosing the appropriate option above. 


This class is perfect for students who have either: 
* done the Stage 1 course with Jenny before, or
* who KNOW the absolute basics of watercolour (types of washes, basically how to apply paint, basic techniques, and about watercolour equipment and would like to learn more.
do not join this class if you have had no experience learning (adults) watercolour as we do not go over the basics.   However, we are still beginners in this class.  The aim of this class is to have fun, paint some different subjects,  while learning watercolour techniques, the serious stuff, along the way.   :)  
This is a very structured course.  We'll start adding to your basic techniques and get you  putting things together.   You'll add to your colours in the 2nd half of the course, with a few more tubes, and learn important tips and tricks to add to your toolkit!   Your tutor is experienced artist and teacher, Jenny Gilchrist. If you have been in stage 1, there are only a couple of extra things to purchase, please see the list below.  If you are new, please purchase Stage 1 & 2 equipment.   If you have plenty of equipment, bring what you have but please only bring Arches paper (see list) and if buying new, buy only what is recommended. 
Please come to class with all your Stg 1 and 2 equipment, and if you have any trouble obtaining it, see the Art Shop and equipment recommendations in the equipment list.  Please do not obtain recommendations from store staff.   More Questions?  Contact Jenny at or use the contact button in the top menu. 


What will you learn to paint this term?

  • Paint categories and recipes, texture and layers.

  • special paint characteristics and darks.
    Paint your palette, and feathers.

  • complimentary colours and how they're used.
    Painting shadows, greys, and painting fruit and vegetables.

  • skies sunsets storm, wet into wet. 

  • the 'Whats Your Problem?' self analysis session, funny!
    setting up still life, composition basics, all about tone.

  • Abstract painting with other media, salt etc. snow paintings, geodes, dandelion clocks.

  • Mixing greens painting Trees 1.0

  • Painting shells, and painting rescue, painting in layers.

  • Negative painting - a beautiful technique.

  • Fun with masking fluid - the why's and hows, and lots of great subjects to paint... 

and more.

Course Features:
*Multiple Artist demonstrations every week
*Interesting and varied subjects to paint. 
*Take home notes every week - with class summary and optional exercises.
* gorgeous colour mixing, special 'recipes' and how to make the best of your colours.
*creating watercolour effects
*how to create fresh paintings and avoid 'mud'.
*some drawing skill tips.
*How to fix mistakes and correct problems
*exercises and artworks to copy
*paint your own gorgeous paintings from the very first lesson.
* Individual attention for every student, preserving the student's own style
*We have two GREAT options - the full course OR an option for students who think they might  have to miss a class or two.  Go and check the options! Click the sign up button!
*This class has ongoing terms that you can sign up for - for a complete course of 30+ weeks if you wish. Do as many or few as you want, and you're welcome to come for as long as you like. Furthermore, you can sign up for the ongoing painter's group which moves on from Beginner's class. 
Heaps of fun, and tons more to learn.​  This is not a term for Absolute beginners, and painters are expected to come to this class with some basic knowledge of the foundation techniques.

For new students, if you have any questions about whether it would fit your 'skill' level, check out our quiz under the 'classes' tab.  Don't ever be worried that you're 'not good enough'.  That's what classes are all about!!!  Discuss it with me if you remain unsure. 

THIS IS a Beginners course, and not suitable for advanced painters unless you are happy to start back at the 'start'.   BOOKING conditions apply, see bookings and refund page.​

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