Watercolour basics - a one-day workshop

Next Available: Fri, 08 Mar 10:00AM (AEDT)
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6 hours
Over 100 people have attended this class


Join Melbourne artist Judith Van Heeren in our gorgeous Fitzroy studio for a one-day workshop learning the  basics of watercolour painting. This workshop runs several times per year, and focuses on nature studies according to the season.

 In the morning you will be taken through a series of exercises, learning a range of techniques in order to understand the medium and it's possibilities, including colour-mixing, washes,  building up tonal values and creating form. After a lunch break you will return to the studio to make a small watercolour study utilising the skills learnt and have your own masterpiece to take home.

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and those wanting to refresh skills

Throughout the workshop there will be practical demonstrations, one-on-one guidance and the opportunity to ask questions.  All materials, morning and afternoon refreshments are provided.

Fitzroy Painting also has watercolour kits for purchase in studio and 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

  • Tips and techniques from a professional artist
  • Practical information and demonstrations throughout the class
  • How to use watercolours with confidence

What you will get

  • Your own masterpiece to take home
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments
  • All materials provided
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

  • An apron

What to wear


Appropriate for

Beginners and those wanting a watercolour refresher

Fitzroy Painting

(1118 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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4.8 (56 reviews)
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29 Oct 2023
I really enjoyed the class. It has rekindled my interest in watercolours (laying dormant for 40 years). Judith was a wealth of knowledge but non judgemental. Perfect for novices. I’ve enlisted an artist friend to come art shopping with me. Start small and see where I go.
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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 10 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$50.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 7 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$25.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 7 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$10.00 applies.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Bookings and class cancellations policy: 

Fitzroy Painting is unable to offer any ‘make-up’ classes for classes, courses or workshops.  

Please consider taking out the Weteachme insurance policy if you think there is a chance you may not be able to attend. This policy is managed by Weteachme, and any refunds must be sought through the insurer directly. Please read their terms carefully before purchasing as change of mind is not a valid refund option.

Absences without notification will forfeit the full class/course fee and receive no credit.

Should Fitzroy Painting be forced to cancel a class students 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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