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Watercolours from Imagination to the Page (Workshop)

Course Overview

The medium of Watercolour is extensive, mysterious and spontaneous!

This workshop introduces participants to the medium, allowing an understanding of its nature. Watercolour techniques can enable the artist to explore images and concepts expressively, abstractly, realistically and intimately with the freedom that transparency, colour and water allow.

Be guided through a series of fun, creative, visual exercises, exploring watercolour techniques including colour theory exercises, using different types of papers, tone, texture, depth, light, masking, expression, abstraction and realism. Following a series of demonstrations, experiment with all aspects demonstrated and work up a final piece of work of your own with one on one instruction from Nettie.

This workshop is beneficial for beginners to advanced and for those with no previous art experience. 

Materials List
  • Small box of watercolour paints of basic primary and secondary colours
  • An A4 or A3 watercolour paper pad (preferably Arches, Rough, 185gm)
  • A number 2 and number 4 watercolour paintbrush (round head not flat)
  • HB pencil, sharpener, eraser
  • An A4 cartridge paper sketch book
  • An image or sketch (as reference) that each student would like to develop as watercolour artwork

"Nettie's workshop was delightfully wonderful, it was very inspiring and we could have happily stayed longer. NSCC staff were very efficient, friendly and helpful and I look forward to doing more Workshops next year."


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Nettie Lodge

About the tutor

Nettie Lodge

Nettie Lodge is an Australian artist. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art, John Curtain University, WA, a Post Graduate in painting from the Banff Centre of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada.She exhibits regularly at the Soho Galleries in Sydney where she has held numerous solo shows since 1995. Her last exhibition at the SOHO was in 2016, entitled 53 DEGREES SOUTH, based on a voyage to the Sub Antarctic Islands. Her most recent solo exhibition was a conceptual interpretation of the poem THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, at the Manly Art gallery and Museum, in December 2017. This involved over 40 works on paper and a 3D narrative installation of a ghost ship. For the past 15 years she has been writing and illustrating childrenu2019s books. In 2005, her childrenu2019s picture book BIRD, published by ABC Books won a NOTABLE BOOK MERIT at the Childrenu2019s Book Council of Australia Awards. She is currently publishing with Harper Collins and her current project is a new childrenu2019s picture book entitled DAVE, about a Tasmanian Devil, which she has written and illustrated. For the past 15 years she has worked in Sydney as a freelance illustrator and a part time lecturer at the Billy Blue College of Visual Communication, Torrens University.

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