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Tuesday, 7 February '23   9 weeks
Browne School of Art, 194 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland, 1021
6 spaces available


Course Code: FS123
Tutor: Georgie Hill
When: Tue 6.00 - 9.00pm
Dates: 7 Feb - 4 Apr 2023
Duration: 9 weeks
Maximum Enrolment: 10

Cost: $460

"One must paint with the outer eye and inner eye, backward and forward, inside out and upside down, sideways, as a metaphysical aeroplane might go”. Eileen Agar.

This course will explore the dancing, light-filled medium of watercolour and investigate ways to create dynamic compositions through the use of line, colour, texture and form to build rhythm and balance. Learn to harness both the potential for glowing delicacy and the deep expressive power of this fascinating medium.

Each week, students will examine examples of paintings that employ the watercolour medium to powerful effect. This includes artists such as Paul Klee, Frances Hodgkins, Georgia O'Keefe, Eileen Agar, Francesco Clemente, Charles Burchfield and Cecily Brown. There will be discussions on the strengths of those artists while students experiment with similar painting techniques and approaches.

One exploration involves collage techniques as a tool to stimulate visual ideas, allowing the freedom to cut and juxtapose imagery to build our compositions, creating rhythm and structure. Students will experiment with gouache, acrylic ink and graphite in combination with watercolour paint on paper to create contrasting and textural elements.

The course is suitable for beginners and for those who wish to work further with the medium and will focus on an experimental mixed-media approach.

NB: Please remember to bring materials from the course "materials list" online.


Materials list
Fluidity & Structure with Georgie Hill

A basic kit of materials to get you up and going is listed here. Specialist art shops are the best option
and will provide student discounts if you mention that you are attending the school.

The stores we recommend are:
• Studio Art Supplies: Crummer Road, Grey Lynn.
• The French Art Shop: Taylors Road, Morningside (beside Briscoes)
• Gordon Harris: Gillies Avenue, Newmarket and Symonds Street, Auckland Central
• Takapuna Art Supplies: Helensville or online

Materials to bring:
• Watercolour pad A4 (for experiments) recommended: Fabriano 1264 W/Colour 300G A4 Top Spiral Pad (30) (available at Gordon Harris and Studio Art Supplies).
• Watercolour block, recommended: Hahnemühle Hahn Harmony W/C 300G block 4 sides glued A3
(can be purchased after the first class as you will need to decide to buy either hot press or cold press paper, the differences will be discussed in class).
• Flat butter / pallet knife: to separate each page from the watercolour block as required
• Watercolour brushes of your choice: at least 3 different brushes
Recommended: a round, and a flat watercolour brush (synthetic or real hair ok)
Your tutor will bring in some brushes to demonstrate the different varieties available
• Painter’s tape: delicate (purple-coloured tape)
• A rag: to dry brushes between changing colours
• Paper towels
• Watercolours of your choice: recommended to bring a set with a range of colours from tubes or blocks (pans). If you are not sure, bring what you have, and by the end of the first lesson you will know what you would like to work with. The 3 primary colours (red, yellow, blue) are a good start. Both tube colours and pans are good (it comes down to personal preference).
• Gouache in at least 1 colour, and acrylic ink in at least 1 colour (these can be purchased after the first few classes and will be discussed with tutor).
• A craft knife for precision cutting of paper materials, and a small metal ruler for cutting
• Inspiration: bring some photocopies or photographs of subjects that you are inspired by to kick-start your course project.

This list is a general guide only. The majority (not necessarily all) of these materials may be used as students progress.


Standard Booking
Available until Tue 7 Feb 6pm
Online payment includes payment fee of 2.9% + NZ$0.30. Offline payment details on confirmation page.
Standard Booking + $10.00 BSA Student Fund - Donation
Available until Tue 7 Feb 6pm
A $10 donation will go to our BSA Student Fund - helping those who are unwaged or under financial hardship (with a Community Services Card) to attend our courses.


Browne School of Art
194 Great North Road
Grey Lynn