Colour Theory for Watercolour with Emilie (Online)

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Watercolour is a wonderful medium to start learning about the basics of colour theory. Get your watercolour set and join this class to learn all about composing a colour palette and mixing your watercolours! 

We’ll work on a couple of illustrations exploring the full spectrum of colour and learn to control the tonal value of your colours for shading and better contrast. 

Whether you are a complete beginner or already play around a bit with watercolour, you’ll expand your skills and understanding of colour in this fun and engaging class.

What will we cover?

Emilie will cover the very basics of colour theory and you’ll get to learn through a hand-on approach all about primary, secondary colours, adjacent and complementary colours as well as creating a beautiful mixing grid of colours.

What will you need?

  • Watercolour set (or any water based paint)
  • Paper (ideally watercolour paper 300GSM, but any thick paper will do)
  • Water and brushes
  • Ppencils, eraser, paper toweland any drawing material you have
  • Optional : Masking tape/washi tape, white gelly roll pen (such as Sakura Gelly roll), waterproof fineliner (such as UniPin or Sakura Micron), white gouache, hair dryer


  • Closed Captions
  • Discounted Early Bird Tickets
  • Free Tickets for First Nation Attendees
  • Auslan Interpreted Upon Request 

Who will be teaching? 

Emilie (she/her) is an artist and educator based
between Melbourne and Marseille (Fr), working across media with a focus
on community-based practice and education. She graduated from her PhD in
Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2020 and has been an
art resident at Testing Grounds (2020), Making Space (2021) and the
Comic Art Workshop (2021).

Emilie has exhibited her works at FortyFive Downstairs gallery, the
Abbotsford convent, No Vacancy Gallery, Arcade and George Patton

In 2021, Emilie opened Couleur in Collingwood, a printmaking studio focusing on DIY, hand-prints, and experimental printmaking. Since 2023, Couleur Studio
has relocated in South of France. Emilie is also a comic book artist
and her illustration has been published by the Lifted Brow and she
self-published her first graphic novel in 2018 with Tree Paper Comics in
Melbourne. In 2023 she is running Glow Comics Trails festival with
Laneway Learning, celebrating Melbourne’s booming comics scene.

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