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Sustainable Painting with Watercolours

Non-accredited Short Course

Whether you wish to learn something new or consider a career as an artist or art teacher in the future, you will benefit from this four (4) week sustainable contemporary watercolour painting course.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Robina Start date: 25 Feb 2023 Duration: 4 days
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Course overview

The topic for this four (4) week course is 'Carrot Characters'.

Watercolour art dates from the Stone Age when early man first painted pictures of animals and humans on cave walls using charcoal, ochre and other natural pigments blended with water.

This course creates a relaxed environment for exploring ways we can design with awareness and consideration to our environment, designing with sustainable materials throughout. You will create and take home your own unique artwork.

Under the guidance of an experienced facilitator, you will learn all the necessary techniques to make a clever and beautiful artwork to frame.

A choice of simple visual art designs will be provided; however, you will be encouraged to allow your own signature style to shine together with your newly acquired skills.

This course has been designed with purpose; to learn, create and introduce you to techniques and skills in painting with an earth conscious focus.

You will be using sustainable recycled cotton paper and other sustainable materials (supplied) through out this four (4) week course.

Topics covered in the course include:

Basic skills acquisition

  • Demonstrations: Practice making a variety of marks in a grid with different paint brushes.
  • Exercise: You will learn the anatomy of different paintbrushes and discover the marks they make.

Basic skills acquisition - continued

  • Demonstrations: Practice dropping different coloured paint into water using a grid.
  • Exercise: You will discover how paint pigment behaves when dropped into water by following a wet-in-wet process.

Discuss visual cues, colour, materials and process

  • Demonstrations: Present and discuss a variety of images to use as a template for your finished work.
  • Exercise: You will consider colour, line and resonance when choosing your inspirational image.

Creating a preliminary drawing

  • Demonstrations: Using the chosen image, a drawing is created and translated to watercolour paper.
  • Exercise: You will create a preliminary drawing as a foundation for your finished painting.

Select colours and create swatches

  • Demonstration:  Three colours are chosen and swatches created using blends of these.
  • Exercise: You will choose and practice colours in swatches to create a mood reference for your finished art piece.

Create your painting

  • Demonstrations:  Water is applied to the drawing and selected colours are dropped into the watered sections.
  • Exercise: You will start working on your painting.

Create your painting - continued

  • Demonstrations: A visual analysis of how the paint is behaving on the drawing and the overall progression of the work.
  • Exercise: You will discuss the various aspects of the finished painting and add final touches to highlight your work.

Course outcome:

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Ways to study
25 Feb 2023
4 days
10.00am - 12.00pm
  • Full fee: $280

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Sustainable Painting with Watercolours (NONAC10100)

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Sustainable Painting with Watercolours

Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Resources required

Everything you need to creat your own masterpiece is provided, this includes sustainable cotton art paper, aprons, water-based paints, brushes, and a professional artist to guide you.

  • Your clothes may get some paint on them, please wear something you feel comfortable painting in.
  • Please wear enclosed non-slip footwear.
Need to know
  • We recommend using public transport or
  • If you are driving, BEFORE you arrive, please download the EasyPark app, set up your account and enter this code in full: 321988139 to recognise TAFE Queensland as the location.
  • Parking can be accessed via Paddington Place. ONLY park in the spaces marked the the red TAFE Queensland logo on the ground on either B1 or B2 to avoid being find by EasyPark.
  • Please be aware that parking spaces can fill early.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

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Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.