BRISBANE
WATERCOLOUR
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Succulents, Cacti and Leafy Plants

Succulents, Cacti and Leafy Plants

Saturday 15 June
Mount Coot-Tha Rd, Toowong - 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!
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$47       1 places left
Beginner's Watercolour Class

Beginner's Watercolour Class

Saturday 22 June
Southbank - 10am - 2 Hours
Barb Rushe
Are you wanting to learn more about Watercolour painting? Then join this small class hosted by a professional instructor, specifically designed to assist beginners.

You will learn fundamental watercolour techniques, color theory, how to mix paint and then turn your knowledge into a stunning piece of art.
book now
$47      
 Floral and Nature Painting

Floral and Nature Painting

Saturday 29 June
New Farm - 1:30pm - 2 Hours
Barb Rushe
The focus of this two-hour structured session is the studies of floral and nature painting. You will be guided to select your choice of reference in the garden, take photograph references and complete one or two studies of the selected plants and flowers. You will learn how to compose floral and nature paintings using traditional and contemporary composition methods. If you are a nature enthusiast, this session is perfect for you. You will have a chance to meet and greet like-minded people, choose your own subjects in the garden and be guided to complete the studies and have some take away homework with the learnt technique. All level and experience are welcome. Please bring watercolor painting travel kit (this can be watercolor tube paints or watercolor pan along with ink pens, pencil, rubber and watercolor pads or drawing pads. You are also welcome to bring your choice of medium. Also a smart phone to take reference photos will be handy. Don't worry if you forget anything. I will have some back up materials.
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$47      

Beginner's Watercolour Class

Beginner's Watercolour Class

Saturday 13 July
Mount Coot-Tha Rd, Toowong - 10am - 2 Hours
Barb Rushe
Are you wanting to learn more about Watercolour painting? Then join this small class hosted by a professional instructor, specifically designed to assist beginners.

You will learn fundamental watercolour techniques, color theory, how to mix paint and then turn your knowledge into a stunning piece of art.
book now
$47       5 places left
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!
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$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.
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$47      

Beginner's Watercolour Class

Beginner's Watercolour Class

Saturday 24 August
Mount Coot-Tha Rd, Toowong - 10am - 2 Hours
Barb Rushe
Are you wanting to learn more about Watercolour painting? Then join this small class hosted by a professional instructor, specifically designed to assist beginners.

You will learn fundamental watercolour techniques, color theory, how to mix paint and then turn your knowledge into a stunning piece of art.
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
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
Barb was helpful and patient, a low-key but inspiring teacher. A great class to get confidence and learn to relax and enjoy what you find in urban sketching. Recommended
5/5
Rosemary
2024-05-05
I loved it.
5/5
Brenda
2024-04-29

I loved it. Sean is a great teacher and used some easy to follow concepts as an introduction to painting techniques. The Botanical Gardens as a teaching venue is ideal, with an abundance of both inspiration and tranquility.
5/5
Brenda
2024-04-12
I really enjoyed it and the price was good too. Will definitely be trying another.
5/5
Mrs Rebekah Carr
2024-04-08
I enjoyed the class very much and it certainly made me want to keep going with this beautiful art form. A smaller class or an easel set up in front of us to show techniques would have been useful and possibly made it easier for Sean to show us various aspects.
4/5
Kathy
2024-04-07

The tutor, Sean Leahy, was fantastic and it was fun and informative, and great working with other creatives.
5/5
Kathryn
2024-02-11
Sean is very encouraging and knowledgeable about watercolour
5/5
Janet
2024-02-04
It was great. Sean was very clear on his instructions.
5/5
Catherine
2024-01-16

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
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
Bridgeport Watercolor Group
2024-06-13
Title or Location: Flower with Pink and White Petals
Watercolor on Arches 300lb weight 9?x12? Sennelier watercolor paints
Credit: Diana Wendy

Phoenix Watercolor Group
2024-06-11
Title or Location: Scottsdale AZ
This was painted from a tutorial by Sarah Cray on Let?s Make Art?s YouTube site. The paper is a sketchbook made with cotton salvage which is quite a challenge to paint on.
Credit: Sylvia Elliott
Instagram: @syllysart

Houston Watercolor Group
2024-06-11
Title or Location: Abandoned Warehouse
This painting is from my old hometown of Longview,Texas . It?s about Shadows and light in late afternoon.
Credit: Ron Bigony
Instagram: Ron Bigony
Memphis Watercolor Group
2024-06-10
Title or Location: Wild Carrots At Dusk
I named this watercolor "Wild Carrot At Dusk" (18"x14.25") I wanted to capture the sun setting on some Wild Carrots or Dacus Carota you probably call it Queen Anne's Lace. This painting is part of a series where I am working to feature everyday things in our environment to celebrate them and have the viewer look closer at their glory. Therefore I use beautiful colors and knockout textures to bring out the beauty in nature, hopefully making you look twice. The symbolism of this wild flower is san
Credit: Mary Couillard
Facebook: mary.couillard.792
Instagram: @marycouillardart

Perth Watercolour Group
2024-06-10
Title or Location: Purple Lake
This painting is of a twilight scene over Wright Lake in Champion Lakes, Western Australia where I used to live. Inspiration was from a photograph I took in September 2021. Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith watercolours on Baohong cold pressed paper painted June 3, 2024.
Credit: Nicola Wright
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicola.wright1
Instagram: @nicola_edie

Nottingham Watercolour Group
2024-06-10
Title or Location: West Bridgford
I am trying to paint in watercolour without doing to much drawing first. I was pleased with this attempt.My Dad used to grow lovely roses and Sweer Williams. He always gave Mum red roses on her birthday or wedding anniversary. Sadly they both died a few years ago but painting these flowers brought back happy memories.
Credit: Gill Cubitt

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