Expressive Watercolour Class with Tony Walker

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Focus: For those new to the watercolour art or more advanced, Tony Walker’s workshops are a refreshing approach to the medium. They open the way to creative techniques, ideas and approaches and the ability to explore different types of subject matter.This workshop will provide plenty of individual attention for participants. The subject and slides projected for clear view and video screen display of demonstration artwork.

 Developing of skills includes techniques of washes and brushwork, wet-in-wet effect, lost and found edges, tonal values - darks to white paper, creative composition, colour theory, mixing on paper, and drawing. There is guidance regarding pigments, palette, brushes, paper and equipment. You may bring a painting you have done elsewhere if you would like it reviewed. Enjoy the coffee break and discussion during the workshop, and tea and coffee are on hand any time.

What to bring: To get best value for your time, proper materials are important, such as a reputable brand watercolour paper and watercolour brushes. Different materials will be discussed. Note: For this workshop Canson wcolour paper and small brush will be provided. Please bring own gear too as listed.

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What you will learn
  • Discover a refreshing approach to the fundamentals and subtleties of the medium.
  • Learn Creative techniques, ideas and approaches and the ability to explore different types of subject matter.
  • Enhance your range of skills, whether you are very new to the watercolour art or more advanced.
What you will get
  • Plenty of individual attention.
  • Video screen displays of demonstration artwork and the painting subject, to enhance communication.

What to bring
  • Palette – A plastic palette about 300mm square that has a fitting lid and about 12 deep wells and a mixing area
  • Masking tape, soft (4b) pencils, plastic water container (e.g. honey pot), old towel, tissues, plastic spray bottle
  • Paper – a pad or loose sheets of cold pressed (medium texture) watercolour paper about A4 size, eg Arches, Saunders, Canson. Weight 190gsm is ok, or 300gsm. Cartridge and sketch paper paper are not generally adequate.
  • A board to paint on a bit bigger than your paper size. Thin ply (3 to 5mm) – not Masonite, particle board or plastic etc
  • Paints – preferably tubes. Student grade ok. 3 primaries cadmium red, cobalt blue and cadmium yellow as minimum. Also ultramarine, alizarin and burnt sienna. Colours to add to the palette and colour theory are discussed
  • • Brushes –1 medium size squirrel hair ‘mop’ brush and 1 fine ‘liner’ brush and a small square brush.
  • A small table easel (one that goes down near to flat) or a small block to tilt the board to about 30 degrees slope or a full height easel if you prefer to stand.
What to wear

Casual (Warning: It might get messy)

Appropriate for

For those new to the watercolour art or more advanced students.


Petrie Terrace Gallery

Vendor since 2016

The RQAS, from its modernised and functional new premises on Petrie Terrace, continues to achieve the original objectives of the Society to encourage Fine Arts and organise exhibitions in Brisbane. 

The RQAS has a long, proud, though at times difficult, history. It was born from the wish of a group of like-minded people to share their love and interest in art and to establish a Queensland National Art Gallery (QNAG).  Informal meetings in 1884 and 1885 brought together the group ultimately responsible for establishing the Queensland Art Society in 1887, the key figure being Isaac Walter Jenner. It was not all smooth sailing in the formative years due to infrequency of meetings, disagreement among members, lack of government support and concern over the works displayed in the first exhibition − a mixture of pictures on loan, copies and other non-original works. However the appointment of Richard Godfrey Rivers as president in 1891 brought a period of stability and a new policy of allowing only original works to be shown at exhibitions.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Petrie Terrace Gallery requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Petrie Terrace Gallery to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Petrie Terrace Gallery or organised by Petrie Terrace Gallery must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Petrie Terrace Gallery.


I agree to give Petrie Terrace Gallery unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Petrie Terrace Gallery classes and events or on Petrie Terrace Gallery's premises. (For use of Petrie Terrace Gallery marketing materials).


Petrie Terrace Gallery requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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30 May 2017 • Expressive Watercolour Class with Tony Walker

My first workshop on Watercolours was a great introduction to techniques for effects of mist, waves and one colour layering. I had someone wanting to buy one of my class paintings - so it must have been a successful workshop..


23 January 2017 • Expressive Watercolour Class with Tony Walker

I learnt how to work a 'wet edge' and the importance of using good quality paper, Great value for money.


15 January 2017 • Expressive Watercolour Class with Tony Walker

Although I expected more of the class I still enjoyed it. Tony's approach to watercolour is relaxed and the big screen demonstration is easy to follow.