Watercolour Impressionism | Greg Allen Bienarté

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Watercolour Impressionism | Greg Allen

Watercolour Impressionism | Greg Allen

About the workshop

Land and Seascape painting is one of Watercolour’s most satisfying and popular genres. We know this because our fundamental love of countryside can be combined with the thrill of achieving real depth for a change of sometimes miles - not metres - and with a watery medium that is absolutely perfect for achieving haze and distance.

But we need to be able to do it reliably, with an understanding of the land and sea’s colours and tones that can change and make it look a long way away. Design and composition will be a part of the course too, so we know what to prioritise when we look at a scene for painting.

And of course, we’ll have to look at motifs and foreground subject elements such as sheds, barns, cows, boats, waves and people that add the finishing touches. It’s all tremendous fun and you must come along!

What will I learn?

This workshop will begin with a preamble on the correct Watercolour philosophy, followed by some detailed investigations into common land and seascape subject matter. This includes mountains and beaches, as well as scale indicators and narrative elements.

Day 1 will focus on Landscape painting Day 2 will focus on Seascapes.

Greg will break down the material in to their shapes, tones and colours, and discuss the importance of design and composition. Numerous explanatory demos will enrich this workshop.

There will be lots of tips on how to avoid potential pitfalls.

Learn how to understand the various stages of wetness of paper as well as paint consistency in creating these magical effects. Small studies and planning will guide the student as well as build confidence in their own work.

Who is this workshop suitable for?

Suitable for students that have been exposed to the medium of watercolour as well as the more advanced student wanting to learn from a master watercolourist.

What do I need to bring?


Please bring your lunch and snacks or you can purchase from cafes close by. We do have a fridge and microwave at the studio for your convenience.

What is provided?

  • tea and coffee (please bring your own cup)
  • a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
  • connection to the Bienarté art community

About the Tutor

Greg Allen is a member of the prestigious Twenty Melbourne Painters Society.

He was born in Australia and studied at the Caulfield Institute of Technology in Melbourne. He established himself as a professional artist when he was 23 and had his first solo exhibition that same year. In 1991 he won the Alice Bale Watercolor Prize. He has won the Camberwell Rotary Watercolor Prize twice, in 1990 and 2000, and has 24 other major First Prizes and Best of Show Awards for watercolour.

Greg is a much sought-after tutor and has also been a guest lecturer at Melbourne University.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.