Watercolour for Beginners

Enjoy an introduction to watercolour painting over eight 2.5 hour sessions.

Your tutor, Emily Mulvihill will lead you through the foundation skills of watercolour, introducing you to the colour wheel, helping you understand tonal values and the importance of letting go and allowing the medium to flow.

Gain confidence in this challenging medium by learning how to:

  • Stretch paper and prepare the surface
  • Sketch a foundation drawing
  • Achieve seamless washes
  • Apply hard and soft edges
  • Minimise brush strokes and avoid overworking the page

Emily will step you through the different surfaces, materials, tools and techniques commonly used in watercolours, including paper types, brushes, knives, scraping and splatter tools, salt, masking fluid and white gouache.

After 8 weeks in the studio, Emily will have you enjoying the spontaneity of this medium, and the freshness that comes from the mingling of colours and washes.

If you are unable to attend this session, please join the waiting list for Term 1 in 2022

  • When
    Tuesdays 6.00pm - 8.30pm, beginning 12 October
  • Where
    Workshop within the Commonwealth Growth Centre, MAMA
  • Price
    $280 ($260 Member / Concession)

Bring your own materials or purchase a Materials Package with artist quality art supplies tailored for this course:

MAMA Materials Package Includes:

    Pyrolle red

    Rose Madder

    Raw Sienna

    Permanent Yellow lemon or Lemon yellow

    Ultra marine Deep

    Taklon round brush size “20”

    Taklon round brush size “10”

    2 large sheets Saunders Waterford 100% cotton watercolour paper, 300gsm, (not surface)

  • Cost: $160

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Meet the Tutor: Emily Mulvihill

Emily Mulvihill is a Senior Contemporary Arts Conservator whose technical expertise, encyclopaedic knowledge and fascination for the materiality of art makes for a deeply enrichening workshop experience under her guidance.

Emily’s professional experience includes working as a Conservator for the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australian in Canberra, and for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York – where she was entrusted with maintaining some of the most valuable works of their collection including those of Claude Monet, Andy Warhol and Umberto Boccioni.

Emily has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School and a Masters in Cultural Materials Conservation from Melbourne University. Alongside her career as a conservator, Emily maintains her own strong artistic practice with ceramics and textiles, and enjoys sharing her love for artmaking with others.

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