CONTEMPORARY WATERCOLOURS with Tanya Baily Saturdays 9.30-1.30pm



6 week term


31 July

7 August

14 August

21 August

28 August

4 September


In this course, students learn a full range of watercolour painting techniques, and use them to make looser, contemporary and expressive watercolours. Classes are structured around themes and there is an emphasis on working from life across a full range of subject matter, including landscape, Still-life and the human figure.

Technical skills in using the medium are central to the learning, and students can expect to learn:

  • Wetin-wet and glazing across dry
  • Colour mixing and application
  • Differences between pigments and how to use them
  • Differences between papers and other surfaces suitable for watercolour paint
  • How to render textures
  • How to sketch and simplify from a complex image
  • Tips and theory about composition


Tanya encourages individual expression and works one-on-one with each student at their own level. Students have ample opportunity to pursue their own aesthetic and style.


Beginners as well as more experienced artists are welcome.


Image 1 : “Fresco” 112cm x 134cm, Watercolour on Cotton paper Finalist in John Leslie National Prize for Australian Landscape Painting 2016

Image 2: “Autumn 2”- 18cmx23cm Framed- watercolour on paper- 2018

Image 3: “Busy” -72x54cm- watercolour, pencils, ink on paper

CONTEMPORARY WATERCOLOURS with Tanya Baily Saturdays 9.30-1.30pm

  • Biography

    anya Baily is an award winning artist specialising in Watercolour Painitng. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

    Tanya Baily studied at Oxford University, Chelsea School of Art in London and COFA in Sydney. She began her career in London painting murals large and small, for both commercial and private spaces. Clients include St. Catherine Docks Developments, The Brittannia Hotels Group, as well as numerous private clients. Commissioned paintings were mainly small watercolours of architectural subjects for private clients as well as businesses such as The Hyde Park Hotel in London, and Savills Estate Agents in Mayfair.

    Since moving to Sydney in 1998, Tanya moved away from design and now paints almost exclusively in Watercolour and across a range of subject matter. 

    Tanya completed a Masters of Painting at COFA in 2011, and won the Rex Irwin Prize for painting in the graduation exhibition. In 2019, she won the National Watercolour Prize. She is frequent finalist in a number of National Art Prizes, including the Mosman Prize, The John Leslie Prize, the Elaine Birmingham Prize, the Blacktown City Prize, STILL, the Lethbridge Small Works Prize. She is an elected member of the Australian Watercolour Society, and shows in their Annual Exhibitions.  She also shows in private galleries in Sydney, in group and solo shows.

    Tanya is a devoted art educator, and runs regular classes and workshops in Watercolour painting and Portraiture at a number of Art Schools and institutions in and around Sydney, including The National Art School, Waverley Woollahra Art School, and Artest..

    Tanya takes commissions for watercolour paintings, including Portraits of children and Architectural subjects, and her studio practice continues as an exploration of Watercolour Painting,: its unique and magical qualities, its history, and its place in the story of painting.