Contemporary Watercolours


Early fee ends 3 December 2018

Mon-Fri 14 to 18 Jan, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Tanya Baily

Ignite your understanding and enjoyment of watercolour drawing and painting by learning traditional methods and contemporary mark-making techniques.

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Term: Summer School Week 1 2019
Start Date: 14 Jan 2019
End Date: 18 Jan 2019
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 5
Teacher: Tanya Baily

Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Age:16 and over
Early Fee: $689.00
Early Concession Fee: $655.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment


Ignite your understanding and enjoyment of watercolour drawing and painting by learning traditional methods and contemporary mark-making techniques. Learn to paint the colours of changing light and capture its beauty with transparent watercolour painting methods, both in the studio and at outdoor locations. Tanya Baily teaches to a structured program, guiding beginners with clear instructions and demonstrations, and offering critiques and challenges for more experienced watercolourists. As well as landscape, subject matter may include still life and the portrait. Tanya teaches with reference to a variety of watercolour artists, both contemporary and traditional, to broaden your knowledge and deepen your adventures into the magical world of watercolours. She works exclusively in watercolour across a range of subject matter, and her passion is with the medium itself. She continually experiments with techniques old and new, as well as different pigments, papers and surfaces.


Tanya Baily is a frequent finalist in national art prizes; she won the Rex Irwin Award for painting in 2011 and has been a finalist in the Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize, the Mosman Prize, and STILL – the National Still Life Award. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Sydney and overseas and takes commissions for portraits, architectural subjects and landscape themes. Tanya is a devoted art educator and has worked in many art schools and institutions over the last 12 years.


Tanya will discuss materials in the first class, but for the first class bring the following materials, paints and brushes.

Basic materials

·       Good quality watercolour paper: cold pressed, 300gsm, 100% cotton, either in a pad size approx. A4 or larger, or most economical is 2 x large loose sheets size 56x76cm. Reliable Brands are Arches, Fabriano, Canson, Langton

·       Large deep pan Watercolour palette(s)

·       2 clean jars or containers

·       Soft pencil, eraser, ruler, masking tape

·       Sketchbook or paper for drawing up composition plans

·       Box of tissues

Watercolour paints

Buy quality paints such as Winsor & Newton, Art Spectrum, Daniel Smith, Schmincke or Old Holland. Below is a basic palette idea (with a cool and warm of each primary colour):

·       Raw sienna

·       Lemon yellow

·       Alizarin crimson

·       Prussian blue or Pthalo blue

·       Ultramarine blue


·       Soft-haired watercolour brushes, e.g. number 8, 10, 12, e.g. Roymac revolution taklon round 10 or 8 Artworks squirrel 2 or 4

·       1 soft-haired watercolour brush 1 inch wash brush (flat) – for laying down washes e.g. Francheville Ox Hair 5/8 Wash brush or a Neef 3/4 camel hair wash/mop brush

Note: These brands are example brushes you can also bring any other watercolour brushes you have.

Optional extra materials (not for the first class)

·       Masking fluid

·       Inks and ink pen

·       Watercolour sponge

·       Loose sheets of thick cartridge paper for ink drawings

·       Larger brushes

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential

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