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Watercolour Painting

Graham Marchant
  • Term: Spring Weekend Workshop 2017
  • Start Date: 23 Sep 2017
  • End Date: 24 Sep 2017
  • Time: Sat & Sun, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Number of Classes: 2
  • Teacher: Graham Marchant
  • Level: Beginner , Intermediate
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Explore the magical medium of watercolour with Graham Marchant. First you will draw a range of objects, patterned fabrics and botanical subjects. Then you’ll learn how to transfer these images to a larger scale which will be developed into a more considered watercolour painting. By the end of the weekend you will be familiar with the watercolour medium and be ready to undertake a variety of subject matter at both small and large scales. Your completed watercolours will be supported by technical examples and experiments, equipping you to confidently pursue the medium of watercolour in the future.

Graham Marchant

Graham Marchant has over 30 years’ experience as a practising artist and art educator. Trained in the UK, gaining Bachelor and Masters degrees at Honours level, he gained his doctoral degree from Newcastle University in 2012. He has taught extensively at tertiary level in Australia, the US and the UK and has conducted innumerable workshops throughout Australia. Graham has held over 25 one-person exhibitions and has been the recipient of several art fellowships, residencies and prizes. Graham is the Past President of the Sydney Printmakers and a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute. 

If you are unsure of what to purchase Graham will explain all the materials list requirements on the first day and materials can be bought at Parkers Art Supplies on campus.

  • Notebook to jot down ideas and information
  • Watercolour pans or tubes, or both (see desirable list of colours)
  • Palette for Mixing- a large white china plate will suffice
  • Large Jar or receptacle for holding water
  • Small natural sponge
  • Small Jar Gum Arabic
  • Small Jar Masking Fluid
  • Box of Tissues
  • Brushes please bring all of your brushes. However, you will need a Number 2, 3, 6 and a broad wash brush. Sables are best but Nylon brushes will suffice e.g. Roymac or Neef brands.

As brushes are very important for watercolour if you are unsure of what to purchase I can brief you on the first morning and you can buy them at Parkers on campus.


The following colours are desirable but please bring what you have

  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmiums are expensive so a cheaper alternative will suffice Cadmium (or a bright Red)
  • Cadmium yellow
  • Lemon yellow
  • Mauve or Violet
  • Sap Green
  • Viridian
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Raw Umber
  • Transparent Gold Ochre (If it is available)

Bring along any colours you may already own. If you already own a box or set with colours already in the box, please bring them to class.

  • A3 Watercolour/Drawing Pad A3 ( medium surface) or purchase a sheet of watercolour paper (300 grams minimum). As transporting good quality paper is difficult and you may be unfamiliar with what to purchase Graham will discuss the various options on the first morning and paper can be bought at Parkers on campus
  • Pencil,
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Eraser

We will be working on a still life and time permitting an image developed from a photograph or computer generated image.

For the Still Life you will need to bring a piece of patterned material, a small selection of suitable objects and two or three artificial flowers for a still life on the first day.

On the second day please bring an A3 black and white photo copy of an image you would like to develop as a watercolour as well as a colour version of the original (any size). I will show you how to transfer this to a format suitable for a watercolour.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.



Protective clothing and covered footwear essential