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All students must be fully vaccinated.


Watercolour basics - a one-day workshop

Next Available: Sat, 25 Jun 10:00AM (AEST)
7 hours
Over 50 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. 

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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. 

There is all-day parking around the Edinburgh Gardens in Fitzroy North, a 15-minute walk down Brunswick St. 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

550 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 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 (26 reviews)
unarated it
03 Apr 2022
A brilliant workshop. Very encouraging teacher.
Jessicarated it
03 Apr 2022
This class was great and Judith was lovely and super patient with our hundreds of questions. I now feel like I can go away and get started on my own with a bit of confidence. Love the studio, great location. Thanks for a great day!
rhiannonrated it
03 Apr 2022
Fantastic class learnt so much and was great fun. I meant to click 5 stars
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Cancellations & Refunds

Course refund policy: Please read carefully 

  • No make-up classes can be offered for our beginners courses. Please consider taking up the Weteachme insurance option when booking if you have any concern that you may need to cancel.
  • There is no charge to transfer you to another course or workshop at a later date with 14 days notice. A $25 fee will be applied for transfers with less than 14 days notice.
  • A 50% refund will be given for cancellations up to 7 days before the course commencement date.
  • No refund will be given after 7 days before the course commencement date. 
  • COVID-19 UPDATE: Should a course booked need to be postponed a credit voucher will be issued and the class or workshop rescheduled. 
  • Students uncertain of their ability to attend are encouraged to take out the Weteachme cancellation policy at checkout. This policy allows you to cancel and receive a full refund, including the insurance fee.

Terms & Conditions

Bookings and class cancellations policy: 

Fitzroy Painting is unable to offer ‘make-up’ classes for our Beginners Oil Painting or Drawing  Level 1 & 2 classes. 

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 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.  


All students must be fully vaccinated, the safety of our students, staff and community is our utmost priority. If you are at all unwell, please get tested and stay at home until you receive your results.

If you or someone whom you have been in close contact with exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 or is a confirmed case after you make your booking and prior to commencing your course/workshop please contact us and we will convert your booking to a credit note if you are unable to attend on the date booked.

If you develop symptoms after commencing your course you must contact us as soon as possible and stop attending classes. We will arrange make-up classes for you.

You agree to abide by all physical distancing, health protocols and the studio’s COVID-Safe plan.

You agree to follow the instructions of the tutors at all times.

If you do not comply with protocols, or authorised requests, you will be asked to leave immediately without refund or further recourse.

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