A practical watercolour course exploring colour and nature
from AU$350.00

Seasonal Splendour: Four-week watercolour courses

Exploring nature's palette through the seasons.

Next Available: Fri, 03 Nov 10:00AM (AEDT)
3 hours x 4 Weeks
Over 20 people have attended this class


Welcome to our nature-inspired watercolour painting program, where we will be exploring the beauty of the natural world and it's changing colours through the use of watercolours.

May 26 - June 14: Autumn Leaves 

 June 30 - July 21: Winter Produce

September 1 - 22nd: Spring Flowers

November 3 - 24th: Summer Seaside

LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE (This course replaces our Level 2 watercolour course).

In each course we will focus on exploring specific seasonal topics based on the natural world, and create  new colour palettes relevant to the subject.  

Using the natural world  as inspiration, you will be guided every step of the way as we explore a new subject each week. The class will begin with an introduction to the topic, and the colours we will be using. We will be covering a range of topics over the course of the year, including flowers, leaves, shells and sponges, birds and butterflies, fruit and vegetables, and other elements of the natural world.

This course is designed for intermediate level students who already have a basic understanding of watercolour techniques and are interested in exploring different subject matter, and new colour palettes. Throughout the course there will be practical demonstrations and the opportunity to ask questions.

Our experienced instructor will guide you, and at the end of each course, you will have a series of completed watercolours that showcase your skills and creativity, and a deeper appreciation for the natural world and its beauty. We look forward to exploring the natural world with you through the beautiful medium of watercolour painting!

 Students may choose to  bring their own paper, brushes and watercolours or pay a small fee to have all materials provided. A materials list will be emailed upon booking.

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

Where to purchase your materials: The following offer our students a 10% discount

 Neil Wallace Printmaking Supplies 409 Gore St, Fitzroy Tel: (03) 9419 5949

Chapman & Bailey, 420 Johnston Street
, Abbotsford Tel: (03) 9417 7957

MES, 33A St David St, Fitzroy Tel: (03) 9419 5666

The Alchemist, 104 Mollison St, Kyneton VIC 3444 (03) 3 9740 9984

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

  • Expanded drawing skills
  • New colour palettes
  • Advanced watercolour techniques

What you will get

  • One-on-one guidance from an established artist
  • Insight into the practical application of watercolours and techniques
  • Morning tea
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

  • Your own materials (or hire a kit from us)

What to wear


Appropriate for

Students who have completed our Level 1 course or who already have basic watercolour skills

Fitzroy Painting

(1050 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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4.9 (7 reviews)
Alirated it
22 Sep 2023
Beautiful studio, wonderful people, excellent teaching - booked the next course before this one even ended!
Sarojinirated it
22 Jul 2023
This is such a an enjoyable and creative space to be in. Judith was so supportive and encouraging. Highly recommend to anyone keen to start out or improve their watercolour art.
Effierated it
21 Jul 2023
I have always found watercolours challenging, but Judith’s classes have given me confidence that I can do it. Judith’s positive attitude, patience and encouragement meant I enjoyed every step of the process. I highly recommend this watercolours course.
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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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