Watercolour painting course for beginners
from AU$350.00


Watercolour basics for beginners

Next Available: Sat, 06 Jul 10:00AM (AEST)
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3 hours x 4 Weeks
Over 250 people have attended this class


This 4-week course explores a range of drawing and watercolour techniques  under the guidance of Melbourne artist

Fitzroy Painting also has kits for purchase at checkout, kits contain eight tubes of artist quality watercolours, a porcelain palette, 10 hand-torn sheets of 300GM cold-press watercolour paper and three special brushes.

About your tutor:

Judith Van Heeren is a professional artist who has been painting images from the natural world for the past 30 years. She exhibits in private and public galleries, and her work is held in many public and private collections nationally and internationally. Judith has been finalist in prizes including the Geelong contemporary art prize and Waterhouse natural history art prize, and is represented by Murray White Room.

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What you will learn

  • An understanding of the principles of observational drawing
  • Basic skills in using watercolours
  • Advanced watercolour techniques

What you will get

  • One-on-one guidance from an established artist
  • Finished works to take home
  • Morning tea
Parking Info

Parking is ticketed in Brunswick St but there are some 2-4 hour spots in the surrounding streets. The No 11 tram comes down Brunswick St, get off at stop 15. All-day parking on Brunswick St is a flat fee of $12 on Sundays only.

What to bring

  • Your watercolours, brushes and paper or hire a kit from us

What to wear

Your own apron, art smock or painting shirt.

Appropriate for

This class is open to all levels

Fitzroy Painting

(1266 Reviews)

About us: Established in 2009 and based in a Victorian heritage building overlooking bustling Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Painting is the original and best of private art classes in Fitzroy!  A working artists studio, the space provides a great environment to develop your painting and drawing skills with the expert support and guidance of highly qualified teachers and full-time professional artists.

Our 4 - week beginners courses in oil painting, drawing and watercolours are designed for the complete beginner, taking you through a series of exercises and building your skills week by week. Students may choose to continue to our Beginners Courses Level 2 and 3 in both painting and drawing..  Ongoing students are supported to help develop their own direction, with optional exercises offered to expand on skills and knowledge, and our Atelier students are assisted in taking it to the next level in professional practice.

Love the class? All students wishing to extend their course may purchase class-passes for ongoing students at a discounted rate. Some of our students have gone on to Higher Education courses and are now exhibiting professionally!

Evening classes include wine and refreshments, and morning classes include tea, coffee and cakes. Classes run for 3 hours and basic equipment is available for student use at the studio, including easels, palettes and drawing boards. We believe in safe studio-practice and provide low-toxic, low-odour materials for student use, as well as high-quality clean-up materials for brushes and hands. We also have storage facilities if you wish to keep your materials at the studio.

Each student works at their own pace and receives one-on-one attention, and all students are invited to exhibit in our annual end of year exhibition, a fun opportunity to show family and friends what you’ve been doing!

Visit our website for more info and pictures of student work. www.fitzroypainting.com

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4.9 (80 reviews)
JOANNArated it
24 May 2024
An excellent course with a very engaging teacher. As a complete beginner I really enjoyed learning the fundamentals of watercolour painting, though discovered how much better my paintings would be if I could draw - so I have now signed up to a drawing class before I further my watercolour skills. Highly recommended - a very pleasant way to spend a Friday afternoon. It was also held in a delightful room, full of light, in a very old and characterful property.
Catalina rated it
24 May 2024
What a lovely course! You get a relaxing afternoon and at the same time a technical class with an expert. Judith it’s a great teacher, very open to share her wisdom. Looking forward to the next one!
Wendyrated it
24 May 2024
A thoroughly enjoyable environment to learn and explore watercolours. Loved the friendly vibe and Judith is very hands on teacher who is keen to see everyone succeed in their work. I learnt great techniques which I hope to continue to develop. Thank you team!!
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A refund can be requested 14 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$50.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$20.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$20.00 applies.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

Fitzroy Painting is under no obligation to offer any ‘make-up’ classes, courses or workshops missed. 

Absences without notification will forfeit the full class/course fee and receive no credit. By proceeding with your booking you agree to these terms & conditions.

Should Fitzroy Painting be forced to cancel a class due to low enrolments, you will be notified as soon as possible prior to the scheduled class and will receive a refund, transfer or a credit voucher for a replacement class, course or workshop.

Collection of work and materials left at the studio: Please understand that our storage capacity is extremely limited.  Beginners work and painting kits will only be retained for one month after which they will be disposed of.  

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