BRISBANE
WATERCOLOUR
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Urban Sketching with Watercolours

Urban Sketching with Watercolours

Saturday 27 July
Paddington - 10am - 2 Hours
Barb Rushe
Join us for an exciting Urban Sketching with Watercolours meetup. Get ready to explore the cityscape with your sketchbook and watercolours in hand. Unleash your creativity and capture the vibrant energy of urban life on paper. All skill levels are welcome. Limited spots available, so secure your place now!

Note: Don't forget to bring your watercolor supplies to the event! We're excited to see your creativity in action.
book now
$47      
Painting Roses in Watercolour

Painting Roses in Watercolour

Saturday 10 August
New Farm - 10am - 2 Hours
Barb Rushe
Roses have long symbolized love, passion, and beauty. In this event, you'll delve into the world of watercolour painting to capture the essence of these iconic blooms with grace and skill. Our accomplished instructor will guide you, whether you're a beginner or experienced artist, ensuring you create stunning rose-themed watercolours that you'll be proud of.

Note: Don't forget to bring your watercolor supplies to the event! We're excited to see your creativity in action.
book now
$47      
Beginners - Colour Theory and Painting Stroke Technique

Beginners - Colour Theory and Painting Stroke Technique

Saturday 24 August
68 Hill End Tce West End QLD 4101 Australia - 10am - 2 Hours
Barb Rushe
Are you ready to take your watercolour skills to the next level? Join us for an inspiring and creative session in our Beginners - Colour Theory and Painting Stroke Technique class!

This meetup is the perfect follow-up to our initial beginners' class. We'll dive deeper into the magic of the colour wheel, exploring how to blend colours seamlessly to create beautiful, harmonious palettes. You'll also learn about different brush strokes and how they can transform your paintings, adding texture and depth. We'll experiment with various background styles to enhance your artistic expression.

Note: Don't forget to bring your watercolor supplies to the event! We're excited to see your creativity in action.
book now
$47      

Watercolour Painting the River City

Watercolour Painting the River City

Saturday 07 September
River Terrace - 10am - 2 Hours
Barb Rushe
Are you ready to unlock the artistic beauty of our scenic river city through the mesmerizing medium of watercolour? Our session will focus on how to paint water from how we see it in the river, to the ocean to water droplets. Once we have gone over the fine points of how to capture water on the paper, you will be able to extend your newly acquired skills into a piece of art.

Note: Don't forget to bring your watercolor supplies to the event! We're excited to see your creativity in action.
book now
$47      
Watercolour Still Life Painting

Watercolour Still Life Painting

Saturday 14 September
68 Hill End Tce West End QLD 4101 Australia - 10am - 2 Hours
Barb Rushe
Discover the art of capturing real-life subjects with our Watercolour Still Life Painting event! This session is designed to help you observe and interpret the values of your subjects, guiding you in creating stunning, lifelike paintings.

We'll start by learning how to sketch objects accurately, laying a solid foundation for your artwork. Then, we'll dive into the magic of watercolour, using its unique properties to bring your sketches to life on paper.

Note: Don't forget to bring your watercolor supplies to the event! We're excited to see your creativity in action.
book now
$47      
Succulents, Cacti and Leafy Plants

Succulents, Cacti and Leafy Plants

Saturday 28 September
68 Hill End Tce West End QLD 4101 Australia - 10am - 2 Hours
Barb Rushe
Unleash your inner artist and learn the art of watercolour painting in the beautiful surroundings of the City Botanic Gardens. Our experienced instructor will guide you through the process, teaching you the techniques and skills needed to create stunning watercolour paintings of the stunning flora and fauna around you.

All skill levels, from beginners to advanced, are welcome to join us!

Note: Don't forget to bring your watercolor supplies to the event! We're excited to see your creativity in action.
book now
$47      

ABOUT BRISBANE
WATERCOLOUR
GROUP
Come along to our meetups to improve your art in a relaxed and social atmosphere and under the guidance of a professional instructor. Complete beginners to experienced artists all welcome.

Our 2 hour meetups are held in a different location each time, usually outdoors.

Bring your own materials. If you are a complete beginner all you need to start is a set of watercolour paints, brushes, and water container.

Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to experienced artists. The instructor is there to help everyone.

The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

Join the Brisbane Watercolour Group on Facebook to share your art and enjoy the art of other locals.
REVIEWS
I loved the course - it was really great information, totally suited to beginners, and the teacher was very knowledgeable.
5/5
Katrina
2024-07-14
Barb does a wonderful job of sharing her skills and knowledge in a relaxing, fun environment. I came away with new techniques for leaves and flowers.
5/5
Belinda
2024-07-01
Barb was great and gave us lots of tips on painting, had answers to all our questions. The group was lovely too and interacted well.
5/5
Sharmila
2024-06-23

Thoroughly enjoyable. Barb is a very engaging and attentive teacher. Looking forward to the next one.
5/5
Brenda
2024-06-17
I found the lesson informative, relaxing and fun. Barb was friendly and helpful. Looking forward to the next one.
5/5
Belinda
2024-06-17
Barb was well organised and very approachable
5/5
Karen
2024-06-17

Barb was a very lovely and informative instructor. I was so engrossed in the paint and style of painting I did miss some tips but loved the class, the location and the result of having a few paints. You have opened my eyes. Thank you.
5/5
Susie
2024-06-16
The setting was fantastic, and I would happily book for more classes at Mt Coot-tha. Barb is an excellent teacher. I would love to know if she does weekly classes anywhere locally Thanks for a great session. My daughter and I really enjoyed it
5/5
Jill
2024-06-16
It was a good introduction to watercolour painting for me. I was a complete novice.
5/5
Irene
2024-06-12

Great event. Barb is an excellent, helpful teacher. Everyone in my group really enjoyed the session.
5/5
Olivia
2024-06-03
Great location and friendly environment to practise and learn watercolour technique. Barb is an engaging teacher which made the event all the more enjoyable. Highly recommend.
5/5
Brenda
2024-05-21
A thoroughly enjoyable session. Venue was perfect as we could sit at a table and see how Barb approached her own painting.
5/5
Brenda
2024-05-06

ARTISTS
Barb Rushe
Barb Rushe love for art started at school and has continued to grow through her exploration of its history, the varying genres and mediums. When she isn't painting, drawing or admiring an exhibition, she is busy as a special education teacher working with students with complex behaviour and learning needs. She also runs a weekly art club for students at school and enjoys the relaxed environment that allows for creative freedom and expression.

Barb enjoys a challenge and views teaching more as guiding people to approach learning through fun activities and developing skills that build confidence and practical application. She is also a firm believer that learning is a life long endeavour where she continues to further her education which includes art, Auslan, coaching and teaching. Watercolour has been a huge interest in the past few years and after many classes and online courses, Barb feels she is ready to support others to develop their interest and love of this art medium.

Barb Rushe is available for private bookings

Tutoring, events and group sessions.
Friday evenings 6:30-9:30pm
Saturdays 2pm - 6pm

PHOTOS
Brisbane Watercolour Group
2024-07-08
Title or Location: Scoot
I saw a photo of a beautiful cat on Facebook and asked the owner if I could paint it - Matt Raatz agreed and I created this line and wash using ink and Roman Szmal watercolours and Posca pen for fine details.When I showed the painting to Matt he asked to purchase the original and it has since been shipped to Wisconsin.
Credit: Nicola Wilkinson

Brisbane Watercolour Group
2023-08-23
Title or Location: The Precipice
I never know what image will land on the canvas. I simply paint my feelings. The Precipice is a place in my soul that I go to when I am unsure of my next step. If it resonates, perhaps you have felt this feeling too!
Credit: Chelsea PaintSmith
Instagram: chelseapaintsmith
Brisbane Watercolour Group
2023-08-22
Title or Location: Title of Painting: 'The Phantom could be Anywhere'
This painting was done after looking at various rainforest photographs and also inspiration from other artists. I mainly centered the theme or title of the painting around the mystery of the comic book character "The Phantom." Although you cannot see the Phantom the title of the painting eludes to him being somewhere.
Credit: Jeff Goodwin
Instagram: jeffgoodwinart

Winston Salem Watercolor Group
2024-07-15
Title or Location: Vibrant Macaw
I have always adored the vibrant color palette of the Macaw's feathers for many years. This is my first attempt at painting this species of bird, and it was a fun learning experience.
Credit: Amanda Goins
Facebook: Amanda Goins Art/ https://www.facebook.com/amandagoins44
Instagram: @amandagoins_44 / https://www.instagram.com/amandagoins_44/

Liverpool Watercolour Group
2024-07-15
Title or Location: The Eyes have It!
I love painting animals and I?m particularly interested in capturing the expression in their eyes.
Credit: Lynne Crockett
Adelaide Watercolour Group
2024-07-15
Title or Location: Coorong, South Australia
The featured wading bird in this watercolour is the Red Necked Avocet on the Coorong, South Australia
Credit: Marrilyn Northeast

Manchester Watercolour Group
2024-07-14
Title or Location: Pair of American Kestrels

Credit: Kevin Williams

San Diego Watercolor Group
2024-07-12
Title or Location: Chula Vista - Sunset View Park
Taken at local park as sun was setting. The light as the sun was setting reminded me of a painting from a tutorial I had previously worked on. It was reminiscent of the French countryside and was something that looked so peaceful.
Credit: Estrella Gerwin
Instagram: star.r1973
Newcastle Watercolour Group
2024-07-09
Title or Location: Gracie
I find painting dogs very interesting because their appearance is so varied. This golden doodle is from a friend's photo of her pet Gracie. I painted a loose background in watercolours then painted negatively to pick out the wavey and curly areas of her coat. Gouache picked out some lighter areas. I find painting without a drawing creates a looser result. I start with the nose and measure from there.
Credit: Margaret Milburn
Instagram: margartpaintings

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