Watercolour Cactus for Beginners with Emilie (Online)

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In this beginner watercolour class, Emilie will teach you how to get started with watercolour, by creating some cute cactus illustrations!

After learning how to mix and apply watercolour, we’ll create a step-by-step cactus illustration, learning to layer watercolour and create beautiful textures.

We will then work from observation and paint a cute cactus still life illustration, learning to add ink to your painting for final touches.

Emilie’s classes are fun, engaging and adapt to all levels! If you think you can’t draw, this class is for you! 

All material provided – no experience required.

What will we cover?

Emilie will cover the very basics of watercolours and you’ll get to learn through a hand-on approach all about mixing colours, applying paint, layering, form and more.

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
  • Pencils, eraser, paper towel, any drawing material you have
  • Encouraged: Waterproof fineliner (UniPin or Sakura Micron for instance)
  • Optional: gelly roll white pen (Sakura gelly roll for instance)


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      • Discounted Early Bird Tickets
      • Free Tickets for First Nation Attendees
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    Who will be teaching? 

    Emilie (she/her) is a Melbourne based artist and educator, 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) and the Comic Art Workshop (2021). 

    Emilie moved from France in 2014 and has been developing her art practice in Melbourne since, exhibiting her works at FortyFive Downstairs gallery, the Abbotsford convent, No Vacancy Gallery, Arcade and George Patton Gallery. 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 2021, Emilie opened Couleur in Collingwood, a printmaking studio focusing on DIY, hand-prints, and experimental printmaking.

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