Learn to Draw and Watercolour – For Beginners and More Advanced.

Drawing and Watercolour classes for beginners to advanced

Term 2 classes fully booked. Sunday workshop places available

Course overview

Drawing is an essential skill of any art making. Drawing is everything!

Learning to draw is the first step in a satisfying artistic journey. This is fun and relaxed drawing class for anyone who loves to draw, or would like to learn how to draw. It is a wide ranging drawing course covering all sorts of subject matter including still life, urban and natural landscapes, interiors, portraits and the figure. Students will also practice using a range of drawing media that includes charcoal, ink, watercolour and chalk pastels. The class is designed for complete beginners and continuing students and each term students will explore new media, methods and subjects. All levels are welcome in this friendly class: from enthusiastic beginners to those with prior experience.

Classes are limited to 14 students so everyone gets individual attention.

In Ochre’s art class I’ve learnt to observe, to appreciate perspective and composition and to experiment with texture and colour. I’ve gone from nervous novice to confident drawer. The classes are informative, fun, creative and challenging. It’s why I keep coming term after term.

Lynette, Erskinville

Over the 8 week term, students will learn :

  • The basic fundamentals of observational drawing – proportion, perspective, tone, volume
  • How to use different media including charcoal, ink, watercolour and chalk pastel.
  • Gestural drawing
  • About mark making, texture and different qualities of line
  • About abstraction
  • About composition
  • About colour
  • How to find their own style, while having fun!

Ochre’s teaching style is relaxed and fun while still teaching essential skills and concepts. This course is structured around one to two week projects.


  • Please bring the following with you to the first class.
  • Paper – A2 cartridge pad. 210 gsm  minimum for use with mixed media
  • Willow charcoal – medium size
  • 2 bull dog clips
  • Paper towel
  • Hard eraser
  • Ruler

  • A range of soft chalk pastel will be needed by the 3rd week
  • Soft white, black, ochre yellow, burnt sienna, light blue is a good starting range

  • Watercolour and ink will be generally used from week 4-8
  • Paper – you can use your cartridge for using ink and practicing watercolour, but some medium grain watercolour sheets, a4 is big enough, will give you a better result with watercolour (180gsm minimum)
  • Masking tape
  • Black ink – bamboo ink pen
  • A couple of watercolour brushes – medium pointed brush and a Chinese calligraphy brush is very good for ink and large washes.
  • a watercolour set – ultramarine blue, burnt Sienna, cadmium yellow in small tubes or a set of pans is good to start, if using tubes you will need a watercolour palette. Get a palette with wells and some space for mixing.

Unless otherwise noted, fees for adult classes exclude art materials.

Art supply stores

Equipment supplied

  • Easels and backing boards
  • Tables, drop sheets
  • Some source material
  • Kitchen facilities with fridge, microwave, coffee/tea, milk, mugs
  • Toilets with disabled access, hall also has disabled access
Download a materials list

Thursday Day Drawing and More Course program

Term 2 – Fully booked, think about a Sunday Workshop

Time 10am-1:30pm, 3.5hrs, 8 sessions
Dates – Term 2 – Thursday 28th April to 16th June
Cost – $505 inc gst, (Current students get an early bird 5% discount, $480 inc GST)

Introduction to Watercolour workshop

Places available – for absolute beginners to students with some experience

Time 10am-3:30pm
Date – Sunday 5th June
Cost – $170 inc gst (materials excluded) or $185 inc gst (materials included)

Enrolment Terms and Conditions

If the hall is forced to close due to restrictions being put back in place students must be prepared to do the class via zoom. There will be no refunds due to hall closure.

All term classes must be taken within the term paid for. 

Fees are non-refundable, unless negotiated for an extended illness.

You may make up missed classes by attending other classes within the same term (Subject to available places in the class, Daytime painting will attract a $20 top up fee, Daytime Drawing a $10 top up fee if you are enrolled in the evening class). 

If you choose to withdraw from a course or workshop up to 7 days before its commencement, you will be charged a $25 administration fee. You may transfer the remaining value (class fee paid less administration fee) to another class or student, to be used within 12 months of the date payment was received. You will not receive a refund for the course or workshop fee paid.

If you choose to withdraw from a course or workshop within 7 days of its commencement, you will be charged 50% of the class fee. You may transfer the remaining value (50% of the class fee) to another class or student, to be used within 12 months of the date payment was received. You will not receive a refund for the class fee paid.

NO refunds transfers or credits if you withdraw or cancel on the day of the course or workshop.
NO refunds transfers or credits once the class has commenced.

If you have enrolled in a one day weekend workshop that you cannot attend, you may transfer your enrolment to someone else. Please let us know prior to the workshop.

If you are enrolled in a term course and if for any reason you are unable to attend a class during the term, you cannot give your place for the missed week/s to someone else. 

Art Class Sydney strive to run every class advertised, however, very rarely, classes may be cancelled due to low numbers. Students will be reimbursed the full fee or they may be credited toward another class if you prefer.