Watercolour Painting at Home: Australian Plants and Birds

Learn to paint beautiful Australian native plants and birds with watercolours!



4 x 2 hours Class size 1 to 20

label $145 (or 4 payments of $36.25 Afterpay)

Come learn how to paint with watercolour and channel your inner nature lover with this fun online painting course!

Guided by friendly and experienced teacher Fran, based in the Blue Mountains, you'll get to grips with the techniques behind basic watercolour painting and brushwork.

In each session, you'll work on a range of exercises to prepare you for painting a new piece, from wattle and banksia to gang gangs and lyrebird!

The Australian plants covered in the course include:

  • Grevilleas: The flowers are known for their sweet nectar. Some indigenous Australian mix this nectar with water to make a delicious drink.
  • Sturt's Desert Pea: The stem on the Sturt's desert have downy hairs to protect them from harsh conditions and weather, such as frost, wind, the sun. Downy hairs also help with protection from animals and from the sun.
  • Kingfisher: The brilliant blue of the kingfisher’s back feathers are not the result of pigment, but the result of light striking specially modified layers of feather cells.
  • Wattlebird: Red Wattlebirds migrate in search of winter food. They love to drink the nectar from flowers in your local parks and gardens, as they are part of the Honeyeater family.

This online painting course is a great place to explore watercolour art, no matter your skill level. Anyone can learn how to paint with watercolours, and this class caters to both beginners and those with some painting and illustration experience.

This unique watercolour series of classes is also a lovely way to connect with other like-minded creatives with a glass of wine or cuppa in one hand and a paintbrush in the other!


Knowledge required
This class is perfect for beginners - no prior experience is needed.
 
What to bring
  • A4 sheets x 10 of smooth textured 180gsm or higher grade (sometimes called g/m2) watercolour paper (you can purchase this at any art supplies store or some office suppliers)
  • Watercolour paints: green, white, yellow, orange, blue, red, brown, black, pink. Suggest 'cake/pan' style instead of tubes. You can often buy them in a 'set' with a range of colours. (Please message if you would like brand suggestions, for this workshop high quality paints are not necessary)
  • Brushes: no.6 round tip (medium tip brush) and no.0 or no.1 round tip (fine tip brush for detail). Additional brushes medium flat would be good
  • An pencil and eraser
  • Two cups or glasses half filled with water to wash your brushes (Recommend access to water, in case you need to change it during the class OR have a jug of water clean water and a container for dirty water
  • Paper towel (a few sheets) and cotton buds
  • Hairdryer (optional)
  • Apron or old top to protect clothes
Session repeats

This class series runs over 4 consecutive sessions, at the same time every 2 weeks.

Suitable for

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 12 years old).

Adult accompaniment is not required.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or birthday gift.

Your teacher
Fran Cane
Fran Cane
(Lady Bird Design)

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Fran is an artist; an educator, neither overshadows, they simply entwine and enrich one another.

At a young age Fran discovered the value of creating art in her daily life. The act of art helped Fran express her identity. The process of developing an idea, especially with jewellery, seeing that idea come to completion by Fran's own hand filled her with satisfaction and accomplishment.  Fran began to see how creating art helped other aspects of my life and learning.

Fran is inspired by nature, patterns, form and texture. Each created piece portrays a slice of life, a perspective of the world in which we all live. Her mediums span painting and jewellery to collage and stitching. They all bring joy, though not everything turns out how she envisaged.

In particular Fran sees the unique design and individually handcrafted nature of bespoke jewellery as an ornamental way of extending personal self-expression. During the creative process, she is mindful that someone will be wearing the piece and it will come alive only when it finds its owner.

Fran is most comfortable in the studio classroom teaching art than in any other place or endeavour. It fills her soul to help others learn by exposing them to tools, materials and techniques of Fran's trade and then develop their skills and confidence in the creative medium.

Through support, conversation and laughter, I set a welcoming scene of free expression.

Ladybird Design Creative Studio is the culmination of creating a life around my passions of art, jewellery and teaching. It frees Fran to take a piece of silver, blank canvas or paper, turn it into a beautiful thing and share it with the world every day. Fran believes now more than ever that pursuing one’s passions makes life more colourful and vibrant, gives us pleasure and purpose, but most of all it reminds us of who we are.

Fran would love to share the joy of creating and making with you.

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