Watercolour painting with Gus Carrozza Fridays at 6:30pm


Water colour painting

Gus Carrozza


Watercolour Painting – Course Outline & Materials List

For new students we’ll be covering the basics – different washes, brushwork and colour mixing plus any other subjects or issues arising from questions (this will be ongoing throughout the term).

During the term, we’ll also cover some basic colour theory (e.g. Colour wheel), as well as simple principles of composition.

Exercises will be designed to build skills and give students confidence in the watercolour medium.

Continuing students will be guided and encouraged to further develop their skills and ultimately develop their own individual style.

Demos will be given as required for new techniques and concepts.

Students are encouraged to bring in photos or objects of interest for their painting subjects, however, I’ll also be bringing in reference material and objects for this purpose.

The overall goal of the class is to give students the tools and skills necessary to feel confident using the beautiful medium of watercolour and enjoy the learning experience.

Materials List


Watercolour paper (300gsm)

100% Cotton (please, no wood pulp papers), medium texture.

Suggested brands: Arches, Saunders Waterford, Fabriano

3 or4 full sheets, OR a watercolour pad (A3)

Cheaper non-cotton paper may seem like a good option when starting out, but it doesn’t give the same results as a cotton paper and will often lead to poor results and frustration.


Tubes are preferable to pans for the paints below.

Winsor & Newton student grade (Cotman) watercolours OR

Winsor & Newton or Art Spectrum artist quality watercolours. These paints produce richer, stronger colours and go further than the student quality ones.

A palette will also be needed for tube paints. A fold up type is recommended because it can be transported more easily as the paints can be left to dry without the need for cleaning after each use.

Essential colours

Cadmium Yellow

Lemon Yellow

Cadmium Red

Alizarin Crimson or Permanent Rose

Ultramarine Blue

Cobalt Blue

Raw Sienna

Burnt Sienna

Also useful

Viridian or Hookers Green

Burnt Umber


Size 3, 6 and 10 round sable (if you can afford them) or synthetic sable

Large “mop” brush or ¾ inch (20mm) flat synthetic brush

Rigger No 1 or 2

Also required

Water container. Round plastic take away containers are ideal.

Pencil - 2B

Kneadable eraser

Masking tape

Paper towel (for removing excess water from the brush and lifting paint from the paper)

Board for painting on a slight sloped angle – A3 or larger. Foam core is a good lightweight option