Early Fee

Watercolour Painting and Drawing


Residential Art Camp: Monday 1st – Thursday 4th May 2023,  Early Fee Ends 27 March 2023
Tanya Baily

3-day residential Art Camp at Mystery Bay. Spend three glorious days painting watercolours in the spectacular, natural landscape of Mystery Bay, on the south coast NSW. Draw and paint the colourful ocean, textured rock formations, rolling hills and much more. Accommodation and catering costs are additional to course fee.

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

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Full Details

Program: Residential Art Camp
Start Date: 1 May 2023
End Date: 4 May 2023
Day: Monday to Thursday
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 5

Lecturer: Tanya Baily
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full Fee: $925.00
Early Fee: $835.00
Concession Fee: $880.00
Location: Mystery Bay NSW

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Outline

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Join the new residential Art Camp at Mystery Bay. Spend three glorious days painting watercolours en plein air (outdoors) in the spectacular, natural landscape of Mystery Bay and its surrounds, Discover new ways to draw and paint the textures and colours of the ocean, crashing waves, sparkling water pools, ancient rock formations, dancing clouds, delicate foliage, hills, trees and much more.

Tanya Baily begins each session with a technical focus, giving demonstrations and practical exercises for you to experiment with a full range of traditional and contemporary watercolour techniques. She teaches you to make accurate drawings, with tips on rendering form, perspective. composition, and managing colour washes in wet-and dry across different papers. Colour mixing and its application will be of particular importance, with a focus on capturing the changing light at different times of day. Tanya introduces initial loosening-up, sketching techniques to capture what you see in a minimum of time, and how to use wash and line to best effect. Then you’ll make more sustained and completed watercolour paintings and learn ways develop your sketches in your home or studio.

Experience a variety of beautiful settings, with time to seek out your preferred views and subject matter, gaining confidence and knowledge of how to approach painting outdoors with watercolours.

This residential workshop is a wonderful place for beginners to start watercolour painting and ideal for more experienced artists wanting to expand their knowledge and skills, under the guidance of an experienced watercolourist. Become inspired by Tanya’s group critiques, one-to-one tuition in a fun and friendly group environment.


Please see attached PDF for further information about booking accommodation at Mystery Bay Cottages CLICK HERE


Art Camp Schedule


Monday 1 May

2:00pm Check in at Mystery Bay Cottages

3:00-6:00pm Art Workshop

Tuesday 2 May

9:30am-12:30pm Art Workshop

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-4:30pm Art Workshop

Wednesday 3 May

9:30am-12:30pm Art Workshop

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-4:30pm Art Workshop

Thursday 4 May

9:00am Check out at Mystery Bay Cottages

10:00am-1:00pm Art Workshop


Lecturer Profile

Tanya Baily is a multi-award-winning artist specialising in watercolour painting. She exhibits in Australia and internationally and takes commissions from her studio in Sydney. She is a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute and has won the Rex Irwin Prize (2011) and the National Watercolour Prize (2019). She is a frequent finalist in major national art prizes. Tanya was educated at Oxford University, London’s Chelsea School of Art and COFA at the University of NSW, where she completed a Masters in Painting. Tanya is an experienced art educator and teaches classes and workshops in watercolour painting at a number of institutions and art schools.

Art Materials

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)
2 clean jars or containers
Soft pencil, eraser
Sketchbook or paper for drawing up composition plans
Box of tissues.

Masking tape and/or clips


Watercolour Paints: tubes or dry palettes
Buy quality paints such as Winsor & Newton, 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 OR Pthalo blue
Ultramarine blue.

Handy additions might include: pthalo green (Windsor green blue shade), and transparent orange


Paint Brushes

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

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.
1 Watercolour Rigger brush e.g. Windsor and newton Cotman Rigger

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


Masking Fluid

Inks and ink pens: a black roller ball pen, or fine line marker is fine. Bring nibs and inks if you have them.

Watercolour pencils (optional) – these can be bought individually or in sets: a basic set of 12, or 6 individual pencils to start. Best Brands are Caran d’Ache and Derwent.

Suggested equipment for Outdoor painting

Camping chair or stool, Portable fold up easel, Small fold out camping table, or you can simply bring a picnic rug and sit on the ground.

Large empty bottle for water

* A Note about Materials: the huge range of watercolour materials available can be difficult to navigate, particularly for beginners. Tanya is happy to be contacted by enrolled students prior to the course for advice on what to buy.


Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email [email protected]
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/

COVID-19 Policy

Whilst NAS strongly encourages vaccination, students are not required to be vaccinated as a condition of their enrolment at NAS.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential


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