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Watercolours for Beginners

Enjoy an introduction to watercolour painting over eight 2.5 hour sessions.

Your tutor, Robyn White will lead you through the foundation skills of watercolour, introducing you to the colour wheel, helping you understand tonal values and the importance of letting go and allowing the medium to flow.

Gain confidence in this challenging medium by learning how to:

  • Stretch paper and prepare the surface
  • Sketch a foundation drawing
  • Achieve seamless washes
  • Apply hard and soft edges
  • Minimise brush strokes and avoid overworking the page

Robyn will step you through the different surfaces, materials, tools and techniques commonly used in watercolours, including paper types, brushes, knives, scraping and splatter tools, salt, masking fluid and white gouache.

After 8 weeks in the studio, Robyn will have you enjoying the spontaneity of this medium, and the freshness that comes from the mingling of colours and washes.

Course dates

Monday course starts 18 July to 5 September
Tuesday course starts 19 July to 6 September


Bring your own materials or purchase a MAMA Materials Package tailored for this course. Packages may be purchased online, or through MAMA Store: (02) 6043 5800.

Cost: $160
2 large sheets Saunders Waterford 100% cotton watercolour paper, 300gsm
2 Taklon round brush size-20mm and 10mm
Holbein Artists' Watercolour, 15ml - Pyrolle red
Holbein Artists' Watercolour, 15ml - Rose Madder
Holbein Artists' Watercolour, 15ml - Raw Sienna
Holbein Artists' Watercolour, 15ml - Permanent Yellow lemon or Lemon yellow
Holbein Artists' Watercolour, 15ml - Ultra marine Deep

Meet the Tutor: Robyn White

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Robyn White is a passionate visual artist and engaging arts tutor with over 25 years experience. Working across mediums in her own practice, Robyn loves to teach watercolour, drawing, mixed media and pastels.

As a tutor, Robyn is warm and empathetic, having experienced many of the challenges and frustrations that her students faced in the development of her own skills and knowledge. Robyn embraced art 30 years ago, after taking a break from her career in finance to raise her family. Having always had aptitude and appetite for art, Robyn built on her earlier talents for drawing and after 25 plus years, now has her own studio and fine art supplies business in Wodonga.

Robyn encourages students to build strong technical foundations upon which they can loosen control and let the materials work their magic on the page.

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