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Watercolour, the complete picture





9 Weeks - Term


930am - 12pm

About the Course

Owen’s approach to teaching involves a balance between formal learning of the skills of

 sound drawing

 colour mixing

 brush technique for laying washes

 colour theory and practice

 compositional principles

 guidance in presentation of works

and some less formal opportunities to experiment and explore the possibilities of watercolour combined with other media, and to select subjects that are of interest to you.

Students are encouraged to source their own imagery to work from, related to a given theme.

Watercolour paper (300gsm) Cotton rag paper (please, no wood pulp papers), medium texture.

Suggested brands: - Arches, Saunders-Waterford, Fabriano

o 3 or4 full sheets ( tear into smaller sizes) or a watercolour “block” pad (A3)o Drawing) pad A4 for sketching ideas.

Paints. There are various brands and options eg.,o Winsor & Newton student grade (Cottman) watercolours ORo Winsor & Newton / Art Spectrum quality watercolours.

These colours are stronger and go further, but some colours are very expensive. Check series number on the side of tubes – Series 1 are cheapest, Series 4 most expensiveEssential colours

  •  Cadmium Yellow  Lemon Yellow, Cadimum Red, Permanent Crimson, Ultramarine or Cobalt Blue, Raw Sienna.

  • Burnt Sienna, Viridian Green, Burnt Umber. 


Synthetic sable Size 3 round.

Synthetic sable size 10 round.

20mm flat synthetic brush .

Pencils 2B  , sharpner, grey kneadable eraser, waterproof ink and  pen with nib.

Your Instructor

Owen Thompson

Owen Thompson

Owen Thompson holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, having majored in painting and
printmaking at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, and the
Adelaide Art School. He taught art at the secondary level at Roseville College,
has tutored in watercolour at the University of New South Wales and Klaus Von
Bruch (KVB) College and currently teaches painting and drawing at Julian
Ashton Art School, Sydney.
He has held twenty-five solo exhibitions, variously based on botanical, water
and landscape themes, which have reflected his passionate interest in the
natural world and in addressing complex subjects in watercolour. Among his
most recent one-person exhibitions are Observations: Seaside and Mountain
Top, Braemar Gallery, Springwood, NSW (2017), and Nature’s Table, Day Fine
Art Gallery, Blackheath, NSW (2018)

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