Contemporary Watercolours


ON CAMPUS: 9 February – 30 March 2021, Tuesday 10:00am-2:00pm. Early fee ends 11 Jan 2021
Stephanie Monteith

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 to capture its beauty with transparent watercolour painting methods, both in the studio and at outdoor locations.

Full details below: course overview, course delivery, lecturer profile and art materials


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Full Details

Term: Term One 2021 On campus
Start Date: 9 February 2021
End Date: 30 March 2021
Day: Tuesday
Time: 10am-2pm
Number of classes: 8

Teacher: Stephanie Monteith
Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Full Fee: $850.00
Early Fee: $765.00
Concession Fee: $810.00
Location: National Art School

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course overview

Ignite your understanding and enjoyment of watercolour drawing and painting by learning traditional methods as well as contemporary approaches to this liquid medium. Using transparent watercolour painting methods, learn to respond to your environment both in the studio and outdoors. Stephanie Monteith teaches to a structured program, guiding beginners with clear instructions and demonstrations, and offering critiques and challenges for more experienced watercolourists. In addition to landscape, subject matter may include still life and the portrait. Stephanie teaches with reference to a variety of contemporary and historical watercolour artists to broaden your knowledge and deepen your adventures into the magical world of watercolours.

Lecturer profile

Stephanie Monteith is a Sydney-based artist who uses processes that involve direct observation of carefully constructed still life set-ups that may sometimes include a portrait component. In contrast to this studio-based approach Stephanie also works from the landscape en plein air. She is interested in capturing the variety of light effects upon objects and spaces using oil paint, watercolour and drawing materials.

For more than 20 years Stephanie has been an exhibiting artist and she has over 15 years’ experience as a lecturer in the visual arts. Since winning the Jenny Birt Award for painting at UNSW, Stephanie has been a finalist in many prize exhibitions including: the Archibald Prize, the Wynne Prize, the Sir John Sulman Prize, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. In 2018 Stephanie won the Gosford Art Prize. Stephanie Monteith is represented by Australian Galleries in Sydney.


Important points to note about the safety of watercolour paints:
Watercolour pigments are not mixed with toxic binders, are mostly non-staining and do not give off poisonous odours
Watercolour artists do not need protective clothing or equipment
Brushes are washed with water alone, or with a small amount of dishwashing liquid
Contents of the water containers, pallets and cleaning brushes can be tipped down household sinks in the kitchen or laundry. Sinks should be rinsed afterwards with dishwashing liquid

At the first session Stephanie will go through all the materials required for the full course. However, it will begin with a limited set of pigments, brushes, a palette and some paper. Buy good quality materials and shop online at Eckersley’s, Sydney Art Stores, Parkers Fine Art, The Art Scene

A basic set of 4 colours: Ultramarine blue, Pthalo Blue (or Windsor blue green shade), Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Vermillion Red (Windsor Red)
Optional colours: Transparent Yellow, Pthalo Green, Permanent Rose
Recommended paint brands: Windsor and Newton, Daniel Smith, Schminke
Note: the cheaper watercolour paints are less economical in the long run and they don’t work as well. They have a lower pigment to filler ratio, use poor quality pigment or even dyes. The colour is less intense, and the paint does not flow well.

3 large sheets of Arches 100% Cotton Medium Grain (Cold Pressed) 300gsm Watercolour paper size 56cmx76cm
1 A3 pad of 300gsm cheaper watercolour paper, or buy 12-15 single sheets
Paper brands: Arches, Fabriano, Waterford, Langford, Canson
Note: the paper in watercolour is an essential part of the way the paint looks when applied. Poor quality paper limits the watercolour artist considerably in the range and quality of what can be achieved.

Starter set of round watercolour brushes – sizes 2, 8 and 12. We suggest faux squirrel or faux sable hair brushes to start – the Parkers brand brushes or Da Vinci, Windsor and Newton Cotman, and Dynasty are recommended. Ensure that the brushes are specifically for watercolour as watercolour brushes have softer, finer hairs.

Large deep well watercolour palettes are preferred. 6 wells are the minimum, so get 2 if you need. Plastic palettes are fine.

Other materials
1 bottle of Art Masking Fluid – a commonly used material used for watercolour painting. Available at all art stores. Windsor and Newton and Art Spectrum are good brands
2B pencil, rubber and pencil sharpener
Tissues or roll of paper towels
2 water containers – standard mug size in glass or plastic

Parkers Fine Art Supplies

Parkers Fine Art Supplies offer discounts on art materials and postage to NAS students. They have special art materials kits for NAS short courses on their website. To discuss and order art materials contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email parkersartsupplies@aapt.net.au
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/

Covered footwear and protective clothes are recommended

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