Watercolour Crash Course

Playful approach to Watercolour Painting

Visual Arts
Kid Friendly
Malou Zuidema

Malou Zuidema
(Malou Zuidema Illustrations)




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This watercolour crash course is all about a playful, and fun approach to watercolour painting. It's perfect for those of you who are complete beginners and who want to get a concise overview on watercolour painting.

In 2.5 hours we'll be covering all things watercolour; how to set-up a painting, start a first wash, keep 'light' in your painting and how to work in the details. You'll learn to work a painting from scratch to finish.

It's a small, self-paced class; aiming to get everyone to work on their own projects, and to offer plenty of opportunity to ask individual questions as you're progressing on your painting. So feel free to bring in images of your favourite places, landscapes, animals or pets. No stress if you can't think of a subject matter, there will be some colourful flowers for a still-life scene as well.

This crash course is for you if you:

- Love watercolours, but not quite sure about how to get started

- Have a particular idea you want to paint, and would love some feedback along the way

- Want to get a concise overview on watercolour painting, and how to work a painting from start to finish.

----Please Note----

- This is a BYOB event, so feel free to bring a glass of your favorite.

- There will be some small snacks (but make sure to have dinner beforehand, or afterwards)

- All materials are included

- You'll be part of a small group of max 10 persons

- Minimum participation for this class is 3 persons

- Minimum age: 18 years

Regular classes can have up to 10 students; however this teacher can take up to 20 students for special events.

Booking larger group events is easy. Just Request it.

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No experience required

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- All materials are included
- Bring some images/ photos for inspiration

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This workshop is suitable for individuals and couples as well as for a hens party, special occasion, team building activity, baby shower, birthday, bucks party, corporate event or Christmas party.


Watercolour Crash Course class location

1/457 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW

The teacher can also travel within 20km of Surry Hills for private classes with 3 or more students


Malou Zuidema
Malou Zuidema
(Malou Zuidema Illustrations)

Illustrator & Creative Workshop Facilitator

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Hi! I'm Malou, I'm a Sydney based, Dutch illustrator and Teaching Artist. I create colourful and playful illustrations, often with a quirky joke.
My workshops are all about creativity, playfulness and having a great time, while going home with a piece of art that you didn’t know you could create before.
Workshops I run: Watercolours & wine, DIY cards, Recipe illustration and acrylic painting.

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By (attended on 18 Dec 2018)

Malou was encouraging and enthusiastic. She had some great hacks for watercolour paintings. The other students were really nice and there were many companionable silences as we zoned in on our work. Would love to do another course in the new year.


By (attended on 18 Dec 2018)

Great class! Malou was super helpful, starting with a quick intro to some watercolour techniques, and giving everyone individual attention throughout the class. I'd definitely recommend this course!


By (attended on 4 Dec 2018)

The Surry Hills venue was good - a short walk from central station, and the 10 of us had plenty of room on a long table to work independently. This 'crash course' is a good way to understand the process of water colouring and to appreciate how it differs from using oils and acrylic paint. We started with some practical exercises helped and then attempted something of our own design. This is an introduction only, and I think artistic results depend on being able to draw well to start with, and then a lot of practice with the water colouring. It was a fun evening and I enjoyed learning something new with Malou.


By (attended on 29 Nov 2018)

What a fantastic session! Thankyou Malou - you were so accomodating to our requests and you shaped the whole session to suit our team, our personalities, and our beginner-level expertise! Great venue and great experience - will definitely book you again for future events!


By (attended on 17 Nov 2018)

Our teacher Malou was so friendly and so helpful it was lots of fun and I really enjoyed the class


By (attended on 17 Nov 2018)

Our small group had enormous fun and surprised ourselves with what we could achieve in a couple of hours. Malou was very helpful, approachable and attentive. I’d definitely recommend it!

Watercolour Crash Course review by Catherine Pham

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By (attended on 10 Nov 2018)

This class was excellent! Perfect if you’ve never picked up a paint brush before. Malou is a great teacher and happy to guide everyone at their own pace. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is thinking of trying it out :)

Painting workshop review by Adelaide Healy


By (attended on 10 Nov 2018)

What a wonderful class. Malou was lovely and very positive and encouraging. Amazing value for money with all paints, brushes, paper, nibble and venue. Most classes are BYO all materials. The freedom to do our own pieces was great with constant support and feedback with a small group. I’m definitely going to do another as it was so fun the 2 and a half hours flew past.

Watercolour Crash Course review by Katie Wilson


By (attended on 3 Nov 2018)

We booked Malou for a Hen's event catering for about 13 guests. She provided all the necessary materials and light snacks. Malou is a great teacher and most importantly we all had fun! Some of us are now inspired to take up water colour painting as a hobby!

Thanks for a fantastic experience :)


By (attended on 17 Sep 2018)

A great course. Informative, fun and relaxed. Malou was generous with her time and put in a lot of effort to help us get a great result. Definitely will be doing this course again.
Highly recommended


By (attended on 17 Sep 2018)

I loved the class! It was so relaxing and inspiring, perfect after work activity. I loved how everyone could do their own thing and still get tips from Malou. She was fantastic! I went out and bought paints and brushes the very next day!

Watercolour Crash Course review by Evelyn Liu


By (attended on 17 Sep 2018)

Great introductory class to using water colours for a novice. Malou was great, very accessible and personable in her teaching style. Great venue, great materials. Highly recommend.


By (attended on 17 Sep 2018)

Malou was a great teacher. All 5 students had not used watercolour before and she gave us all alot of encouragement.
We learnt about how to wash, blend and mix colours then we chose our own picture or used one of her still lifes.
She demonstrated how to start off and then individually helped us all.
The venue was awesome with comfortable surroundings, nibbles provided and nice chill out music playing.
The materials were of good quality and the value for money for this crash course was excellent. I just wish it went on for longer,it was over too soon!
Nice to take home my first watercolour, I was surprised my first painting turned out ok. It definitely helped having a small class too.
Highly recommend her class.

Watercolour Crash Course review by Lucienne Calvi


By (attended on 8 Sep 2018)

The studio was nice and comfortable for a small group event. Snacks were provided as well as champagne glasses. Malou was fantastic in explaining the basics of the watercolour painting and she was really helpful and patient to help us improving in our paintings.
My friends and I had enjoyed the class, and I would definitely recommend Malou's class to friends who are interested in painting and future groups activities.

Watercolour Crash Course review by Maggie  Sydney

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