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Botanical Watercolours

You will be on a path on which you will never look back in using this is delightful medium.

We will cover the basic skills to enable you to capture the wonderful flora around you. We will look at the necessary equipment, learn how to mix colours as well as choosing paper types. You will learn to stretch the paper. The history and origins of pigments will be explained throughout the course. I can show you how to master water colour, there are only two moves - *wet on dry and *wet into wet.. In the beginning we will start with a leaf ,then have fun in travelling to paint flowers, even a simple landscape to open up another door for you to use and on which to expand.

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  • Adults: $396.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


Age 16+
Skill Level Everyone
Time slot Whole Day
Status Filling up. There are only 2 places available.
Location Senior Citizens Room

More about the course

I hope to pass on to you the best way to gain confidence in your use of Watercolour I will set some exercises plus you can choose a subject to completion with my hands-on guidance we will be using artists quality pigments, acid free ( Hot pressed) paper.

And’ last but not least’ the joy of painting in a group plus exhibitions that give you valuable feedback on your art

I love to promote the joys of watercolour it is wild but tameable. By teaching the simple rules of a limited palette and using ‘translucent’ Water Colour paints this enable’s the white of the paper to shine through the paint thus assisting the artist This course covers a  true structure giving understanding in how to appreciate and enjoy this delightful vivacious translucent medium.

Historically the use of watercolour to record and illustrate for Botanical recorders /illustrators on board ships when discovering new lands and depicting Fauna and Flora habituating them. I look forward to showing you how to capture nature from start to finish.

The smaller gallery images above are the student's amazing paintings from 2018 Camp Creative after only one week!


Sandra Finn

Sandra Finn

I have been teaching in Bellingen and surrounds for 35 years now and still hold classes in Bellingen and Coffs Harbour. My understanding of this medium has been fine-tuned from Art classes I attended when 19 years of age at Meadow Bank Technical college, Julian Ashton’s Royal Art Society all in Sydney. I put myself through art schools by studying past botanical recorders: Flemish/French, European /English/Australian

As well as colouring 13 and 14th century Japanese wood block prints at Brian Chester’s Antiquarian and studying historical Botanical colours at the Mitchell library in Sydney;

I worked in Commercial art as a graphic designer spaning over 40years

I am still learning as I believe one never stops

I look forward to you joining me in your first steps into Water colour

Course Requirements

Please bring a small art diary.

I will provide a kit that will cover all your other needs for this course. Please pay $80 to Sanda on the first day of the course. 


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