Watercolour Fundamentals

Watercolour Fundamentals

$345.00 inc. GST

Lecturer: Lesley Redgate
Sat 4 May – Sat 15 Jun (excluding 8 Jun)
1.30 pm – 4.30 pm 
Level – Beginners


This course will focus on introductory watercolour techniques and processes, including colour mixing, watercolour effects and mixed media. We will paint from still life, photographs, and our imagination exploring a wide range of subject matter. Designed to encourage students to loosen up and gain confidence while developing skills in watercolour, the course caters for beginners to intermediate levels of experience. Students will complete a range of experiments and finished paintings during classes.


Materials required:

Watercolour paints:

Tubes or half pans. A warm and cool of each primary colour. ie.

  • Ultramarine blue (warm blue)
  • Pthalo or Intense blue (cool blue)
  • Alizarin Crimson (cool red)
  • Cadmium Red or Vermillion (warm red)
  • Lemon or Cadmium Yellow Light (cool yellow)
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep (warm yellow)
  • Dioxazine violet (purple)
  • Viridian or Hookers Green


soft watercolour brushes (synthetic)

  • Round size no. 2, 4 & 8
  • Large Flat 3/4 – 1″
  • (Other brush options will be discussed in the first class).


  • A4 visual art diary (for notes & experimentation, paper that holds a light wash is recommended)
  • A4, or A3 pad or A2 sheets Cold Pressed watercolour paper (artist quality any kind)
  • 300gsm is recommended (2 sheets per class)
  • (Other surfaces may be discussed in the first class).

Tools & other materials:

  • Palette – a white plastic palette works well or the lid of a watercolor set
  • Water pot/jar
  • Extra pot for making washes in quantity
  • paper towel or tissue
  • soft sponge
  • 1 x stick of soft white chalk pastel or conte crayon
  • Fine tip grey or black Artline fineliner pen size 0.5 or dip pen with ink
  • masking fluid
  • Masking tape (1cm or similar)
  • HB and 2B pencil
  • sharpener
  • eraser
  • scissors
  • ruler


Lesley Redgate, is a SA artist, born in London in 1955 and emigrated to South Australia in 1967. Her career as artist and educator began in 1977 upon completing studies in Fine Art at the SA School of Art (Uni SA) and Graphic Design (Tafe SA) in 2002. She has been a specialist art teacher 1977-2001 and 2002-2014 was a Graphic Design lecturer at Tafe SA.

Winner of the Thomas Laird Memorial Traveling Art Study Award in 1993 led to overseas travel in 1994 and 1997. In 1978 as a recipient of the Michelle Endowment, her work was selected by the National Gallery of Victoria for their collection.

During the 1990s she painted en plein air in Whites Valley near Willunga with the Strout Farm group which included Geoff Wilson and Dave Dallwitz. Drawing inspiration from the changing Fleurieu landscape, the Australian Modernists and French Post-impressionists, Lesley has developed a style which focuses on the subtleties of colour to describe form. Her chosen mediums are acrylics and watercolour.

She has been a finalist in the Portia Geach, Fleurieu Art Prize, Waterhouse Art Prize, Heysen Art Prize, Well Made – Guildhouse, RSASA Portrait Prize. Capital Permanent at Geelong Art Gallery and Semi Finalist – Doug Moran. She has exhibited in public and private galleries including CACSA, the Festival Theatre, Kensington Gallery, RSASA Gallery, Signal Point Gallery, Fleurieu Arthouse, Hahndorf Academy, Mt Gambier Gallery SA, Geelong Art Gallery, Bendigo Art Gallery and SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney.



Image: Lesley Redgate, Fading Light Butterworth Flourmill, 2018


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Categories:Term 2 2024Short Courses
Experience Level:Beginner

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