Narrabeen Tramshed
Wednesday Evening Watercolour Classes

 Stage 4 ~ Consolidation of skills

What does that mean? 
If you are a watercolour painter who knows the basic foundation skills of watercolour, that is...about washes, papers, brushes, tonal values, paint, mixing, composition, wet into wet, 'dry brush' effect, direct painting and all that........
.....but you have no idea how to begin putting all that information together into a full painting...
Then THIS CLASS IS FOR YOU.  (see further details below.) 


WHO:  Either Jenny's students who have completed Beginner's Stage 1-3, or anyone over 18yrs  with a good knowledge of the basics of  watercolour . (We do not teach foundation skills in this class, and will not be able to review them SO THIS CLASS IS NOT SUITABLE FOR Absolute BEGINNERS.)  See further notes below. 
WHERE:   The Berry Hall,  (This is the lovely room facing the lake on the western end) Tramshed Arts & Community Centre, 1395A Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen, NSW 2101.  Enter through the North Side (near the playground).

WHEN:   Wednesday evenings, 16th October until  20th December, 2019, 2.5 hours each lesson,  from 6.00pm to 8.30pm . 
note: no class on Wednesday 23rd October. 
  Come no earlier than 5.45pm to set up.  Doors not open until 5.45pm.  We will start at 6.00 sharp. 

REQUIREMENTS:  An equipment list is provided on this page. (See orange button)  Students are required to provide their own equipment. Some items are compulsory. You will notice Jenny prefers artist quality equipment, but if you are new to our classes, bring what you have after looking at our list. Arches 300g rough or cold pressed paper  is compulsory, as are just a couple of other items, otherwise, bring what you want.

OPTION 1:   $345 for FULL TERM of 9 weeks -  only $15.30 per hour.
OPTION 2:  $320  Buy any 8 (of the 9 available) weeks option (and if you find you can come to the last one pay $40 cash (only), before class, on the day.) Please do not ask for further discounted/shortened weeks.

PARKING:  FREE parking available in the  Tramshed Carpark next to the facility.  

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 open to ANY watercolour painter, who knows all the basics, and would like to know how to put them all into a painting.   It is also the final term of the Northern Beaches Watercolour Beginner's Course.  (However students may continue in one of the NBW Painters groups.)
Please Note: This is not suitable for absolute beginners, as in this class we are putting together skills learned through all Beginner classes.  ​If you have completed Jenny's stages 1-3, or if you have a  foundation of knowledge of watercolour painting or  have previously been taught how to paint (as an adult) but would like to brush up, (ha ha) then this class would suit you. 

In this term:-  we put together watercolour techniques together to create full paintings.
Do you ask yourself some of these questions? 

When do I paint the background?
How and why do I paint in layers?
Can I paint over that, or do I need to paint around it?
How do I simplify this?
How can I paint light?
I can't plan a full painting.
I get half way and don't know what to do next.
What is the easiest way to stop paint running together?
how do I stop fiddling? (ha ha...good luck!)
When should I use this brush?
Why am I getting these brushmarks.

Should I rub out pencil marks?
I keep getting muddled up.
How do I plan a painting?
What do I paint first? next...?  next??
When is dark, dark enough?

How wet should my wash be?

how can I get darker? 
I want to paint a landscape but have no idea where to start.
I don't know what to paint! 

The aim of this class is to understand how to consolidate all the basic techniques to produce layers, and  where different brushstrokes, techniques and applications create more complicated full paintings.
As a beginner student, we often 'know' more than we can 'do'.  Learning to paint is simply a matter of time and experience.  Experience is what we aim to achieve in this class.

Your tutor,  artist and teacher, Jenny Gilchrist, provides the painting subject for each class. This can comprise of a real life subject, such as  a still life or view, or more often a photographic subject or a previously painted subject.  Students will generally get a copy of the subject each.  Students will be instructed and reminded how to put their pictures together, from the planning and designing stage, to the application and layering stages. 
Not for the fainthearted, but full of fun and challenge, this is a great fun term consolidating your knowledge, and you'll be so surprised at what you can achieve.  

This term is about BRUSH MILEAGE, preparing you to paint your own subjects by yourself.   We'll use step by step basics you already know to create our artworks.   As with all Jenny's classes, non-compulsory homework will be set for those students who wish to practice and improve.
Students should be prepared to take their own notes if desired, on the method and techniques and colours used to produce each week's work.   Each student will receive a printed copy of the subject, often in a series of progress photos, (except where subject is a still life.)   Please come to class with all your equipment, from stages 1, 2 and 3 if you are an NBW student (see under the equipment list what is required), and if you have any trouble obtaining it, see the Art Shop recommendations in the equipment list. 
If you are brand new to Northern Beaches Watercolour, check out the equipment list, but bring whatever you want (except for the compulsory items).   More Questions?  Contact Jenny at or use the contact button in the top menu.  


Course Features:
*Multiple Artist demonstrations every week
*A handout copy of a prepainted subject, progress photos, or a photo each,  or a physical subject (where student can take a photo if desired.)  
*Interesting and varied subjects to paint, sometimes as a series of small paintings but usually as a single larger work.
* Your Painting sizes will be larger than in Stages 1-3, from compulsory 1/8 watercolour sheet to 1/4 sheet, or bigger if you choose.
*subjects will be very varied and may include those such as floral picture, still life boots or shoes, birds, negative painting, ocean scene, fruit, country scene, landscapes with water, still life jug brushes paint, and more. 
*some drawing skill tips.
*How to fix mistakes and correct problems.

*Step by step instruction, to design, construct and layer your painting.
  (Note - not all paintings will be able to be finished in one class, and may require additional work in student's    time to complete.) 
*Occasional review of a technique required.   
*paint your own gorgeous paintings from the very first lesson.
* Individual attention for every student, preserving the student's own style

* strong focus on each individual's 'problem' areas, to try to break bad habits. 
*We have two great options:
     a) the full course or
      b) 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!
*Coffee and tea (sugar and milk) provided.
*this is the final term for the beginners course, and we welcome new students to it.  Later,  students can sign up for the ongoing painter's group which moves on from Beginner's class, places pending.  Heaps of fun, and tons more to learn.

It cannot be stressed strongly enough:   This is not a term for beginners, and painters are expected to come to this class with knowledge of the foundation techniques.

 BOOKING conditions apply, see    Bookings and refund page.​

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