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Contemporary Watercolours

Gina Bruce
  • Term: Term One 2018
  • Start Date: 14 Feb 2018
  • End Date: 4 Apr 2018
  • Time: Wednesdays 10am–2pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Gina Bruce
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Ignite your understanding and enjoyment of watercolour drawing and painting by learning traditional methods and contemporary mark-making techniques. Learn to paint the colours of changing light and capture its beauty with transparent watercolour painting methods, in the studio and at outdoor locations. Gina Bruce guides beginners with clear instructions and demonstrations and offers critiques and challenges for more experienced watercolourists. For three of the eight sessions, students will have the opportunity to engage with watercolour painting en plein air and work directly from the landscape. As well as landscape, subject matter may include still life, portrait and memory. Gina discusses working processes and how to build a watercolour practice into your routine for the purpose of self-reflection and creative practice. She introduces you to a variety of contemporary artists’ works in order to broaden your knowledge and deepen your adventures into the magical world of watercolours.

Gina Bruce

Gina Bruce paints regularly en plein air. She has three times been a finalist in the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, has been a finalist in the Portia Geach Portrait Prize, and has been invited into the Redlands Westpac Art Award by curator Lindy Lee. In 2018 Gina will have a work in the Stations of the Cross exhibition, curated by Doug Purnell, and a solo show at Robin Gibson Gallery. Gina has maintained a consistent art practice for more than 15 years, exhibiting at the Robin Gibson Gallery and in many group shows, and teaching regularly. She works with a variety of mediums to create the haunting and ethereal images she has become known for. Gina has been a finalist in many prize exhibitions, including the Dobell, Kedumba, NSW Parliament Plein Air and Portia Geach prizes, and she has received a Highly Commended for the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW. She was the winner of the Waverley Art Prize in 2011.

Your lecturer will discuss all other materials in the first class; however for the first class bring the following:

  • A good quantity of high quality watercolour paper, approx. A4 size or A3 size preferable.(Arches 300gsm loose sheets divided up yourself is the ideal paper)
  • Watercolour pan palette(s) (porcelain preferred)
  • 2 clean jars or containers
  • Soft pencil, eraser, ruler, masking tape
  • Sketchbook or paper for drawing up composition plans.
  • Box of tissues

Watercolour paints

  • Buy quality paints such as Windsor and Newton, Art Spectrum, Daniel Smith, Schminke or Old Holland. Below is a basic palette idea (with a cool and warm of each primary colour)
  • Raw Sienna, Lemon Yellow, Windsor Red (or cadmium), Alizarin Crimson, Prussian Blue and
  • Ultramarine Blue


  • soft-haired watercolour brushes, for example number 8, 10, 12 e.g. Roymac revolution taklon round 10 or 8 $12.95 - $14.95/ Artworks squirrel 2 or 4 - $10.95 - $12.95
  • 1 soft -haired watercolour brush 1inch wash brush (flat) - for laying down washes e.g. Francheville Ox Hair 5/8 Wash brush $12.95 or Neef 3/4 camel hair wash/mop brush $12.95
  • These brands are example brushes and were the best value brushes sourced from Bondi Road Art Supplies. You can also bring Any other watercolour brushes you have.

Optional extra materials (not for the first class)

  • masking fluid
  • Inks and Ink pen
  • watercolour sponge
  • loose sheets of thick cartridge paper for ink drawings
  • larger brushes

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential