Contemporary Watercolours


2 May to 20 Jun, 10am to 2pm
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: Term 2 2019
Start Date: 2 May 2019
End Date: 20 June 2019
Time: Thursdays, 10am-2pm
Number of classes: 8
Teacher: Tanya Baily

Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Age: 16 and over
Early Fee: $735.00
Early Concession Fee: $700.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

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.

teacher profile

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.

materials list

Basic materials

  • Good quantity of high-quality watercolour paper, approx. A4 size or A3 size preferable – Arches 300gsm loose sheets divided up yourself is the ideal paper
  • Watercolour pan palette(s) – porcelain preferred
  • 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
  • Windsor red (or cadmium)
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Prussian blue
  • Ultramarine blue.


  • Soft-haired watercolour brushes, for example number 8, 10, 12 e.g. Roymac revolution taklon round 10 or 8 / Artworks squirrel 2 or
  • 1 soft-haired watercolour brush 1inch wash brush (flat) – for laying down washes e.g. Francheville Ox Hair 5/8 Wash brush or Neef 3/4 camel hair wash/mop brush.

Note: These brands are example brushes however 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.

Covered footwear is essential in all studio spaces on campus.

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