Beginners Drawing and Watercolour

“Some say watercolour is difficult to do. I disagree. It has been used by young children to seniors for long time.
I believe you would say ‘Why didn’t I do it before?’

– Ako Lamble

It is like a cooking.

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

To me painting with watercolour is like a cooking.
Mixing water and pigments, placing the mixed colour liquid on paper (wet paper / dry paper), waiting for drying, and placing another mixed colour liquid on it ….

The procedure can be taught to the point according to the recipe, but this is something you need to do it repeatedly until you really get how it works. No short cuts.

That’s why my beginners class is focusing on “Little and Often” “Repetition”. I will help you setting up the system so you can draw/paint daily for just 15min. It’s much more beneficial to do it for 15 min daily than for 2hours weekly.

Improving drawing skills is very important in my class. Drawing enhances the way we see the world around us, conditions us to capture the details. Furthermore, drawing can improve our memory.
You will spend first 4-5classes on drawing (Shape, Tone, Edge) then move on to the watercolour painting.
I also introduce “Line & Wash” in the class. It helped me to get rid of feeling intimidated towards watercolour painting when I started.

Once you put the line and splash the colours on, it looks great! It motivates you to keep going until you get used to handling the water and pigments.


Line & Wash "White Rose"


Suitable for;

  • those who haven’t done watercolour for a long time but would like to start again.
  • Someone (may be a busy mum) who doesn’t have much time but wants to do something creative in between times.

We will cover;

  • Drawing with a 2B pencil to learn to see shape, value and edge.
  • Learn about your art materials: Watercolour tubes, watercolour papers, watercolour brushes, palettes, a pen & ink, water-soluble graphite, sketchbooks …
  • Setting up your mobile art kit.
  • Continuous line drawing and wash.
  • Drawing an egg with line and wash, one colour: learn 4 kinds of edge (hard, firm, soft, lost).
  • 15 min daily drawing & painting habit.
  • Watercolour technique: Wet in wet, negative painting, wash, glazing, dry brush, lifting, masking, erasing, scratching, salt, tissue, splatter, brooms and more..
  • Draw with 2B pencil and paint with watercolour a simple object like an apple: How to see the shape, edges, light & shadow and colours.
  • Introduction of colour mixing.
  • How to stretch watercolour paper.
  • Learn from Watercolourist around the world
Process. Watercolour painting of lilies by Ako Lamble

Art Materials

This is something I need to show and explain a lot about in the first class. You might need to invest some money to set up your art kit. I have spent time and money to test all sorts of materials so that I can give you some advise before you make a decision.
Bring to the class whatever you’ve already got, don’t buy anything until we discuss about it.

You don’t need all of them at once, but these are the ones I would like to introduce to you over the term.

  • Artist quality watercolour tubes
  • Watercolour brushes: Round, Flat and Dagger
  • Palette: travel size
  • Watercolour paper: Arches smooth & Medium
  • Sketchbook
  • Fountain pen & ink / Water proof pen / Water soluble pen
  • Water soluble graphite / carbon
  • Watercolour pencils

Day and Time

  • Monday evening: 7 – 9pm (2hours)
  • Tuesday afternoon: 12 – 3pm (3hours)
  • Thursday evening: 7 – 9pm (2hours)

School Term Dates

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  • 2hour class: $390 per term (10 weeks)
  • 2hour class: $50 per casual class
  • 3hour class: $490 per term (10 weeks)
  • 3hour class: $60 per casual class


Ako Lamble


Class Limit

10 people

iPad Art coloured leaves painted by Ako Lamble using a moleskine sketchbook.

iPad Art – “Why iPad Art instead of iPad Painting? ” written by Ako Lamble

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“A desk lamp in the morning sun” iPad Art by Ako Lamble

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,

I deliberately call my class “iPad Art” class instead of calling “iPad Painting” or “iPad Drawing” class because it is not just for draw/paint digitally, you can do more with iPad, I’ll show you one of the good examples today.

My back ground is Photography, I spent my college days in the dark room, if not I was chasing lights and shadows in the field. It took a while for me to handle colours properly after I studied and practiced the B&W photography for long time.

However, it was a happy surprise to know the training I had with photography of how to see the lights and shadows helped me a lot when I started drawing and painting afterwards. I can see the subject much clearer, I instantly make the subject into a black and white picture in my mind and find the lines, negative spaces, perspective and so forth. Even the times I can’t draw properly, I can see what is wrong at least.

I recently invented a way to do a fun sketching with iPad. I call it “Pretend sketching”. You sometimes see a photo like this (below). People take a picture of their sketch and subject together, I got the idea from it.

Drawing by Mike Lamble

Mike’s sketch.

I have a few collections of beautiful scenery images. I chose one of them and made this (below) with iPad and Procreate app.

Pretend sketching template

One of the pretend sketching templates.

Then I drew the scenery within a sketchbook area as if I were sitting there and sketching, the result is this (below).

iPad Art by AkomLamble

“The rainbow field” iPad Art by Ako Lamble

Soon then I started using my own photos instead of using beautiful images taken by someone else. The process is interesting because it starts from the final image in your mind otherwise you will easily forget to make a space for a sketchbook which you would draw on later, so when I found something interesting (usually it has good light and shadow), I clearly picture in my mind where my sketch book would be located and how the subject is going to be seen in the background then shoot it. I quite like using a small moleskine sketchbook now which has the off-white or yellowish papers that give warm and organic feelings which is very important to me when I do digital art, I also like it having a sewing line in the middle of the two-page spread and make sure I don’t loose it after I draw, I enjoy very much creating the illusion that way.

I consider this whole process is iPad Art, from finding and taking photos of a subject to drawing and sharing them with your friends.

Oh, I should tell you that all my iPad paintings listed here didn’t take me more than 15 minutes (because it’s done as “drawing for a 15 min a day project“), it took another 15 minutes to take a photo with my iPhone and then assemble the background with iPad.

iPad Art by Ako Lamble

“The Autumn carpet” iPad Art by Ako Lamble

Winter is the best season to take a great photo because sun light is nice and soft which travels at a low angle and gives long shadows during most of the day. You don’t need to go to Paris to take such a pretty picture, it can be created right in your own backyard, kitchen or living room if you have winter sun there.

iPad Art by Akolamble

“The lights though blinds in kitchen” iPad Art by Ako Lamble

Weekly Classes for iPad Art (for All Levels)

10am – 12pm TUESDAY
1pm – 3pm TUESDAY
$330 for Term (10wks) / $35 for Casual

We have started the weekly classes for iPad Art this term, and it has been going very well. This would be the way to go if you would like to do it at your own pace. Your questions will be answered and instructions will be given according to your level of understanding on a weekly basis, so come to the class with your well-charged-iPad, have fun and make your iPad a powerful art tool which you won’t want to be without! Download Enrolment form.

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Good news is you can learn iPad Art as an optional in the Monday night class (7-9pm) from term 4, it’s good for those who only have their free time in the evenings.

Hunter in the winter sun

“an extension of my heart …” – written by Stephen Dernocoure

Stephen Dernocoure's sketchbook and pens

Stephen always carries his sketchbook and pens with him.

STEPHENWritten by Stephen Dernocoure

I have been thinking how important my pocket sketch book is in my day to day life, indeed it is my companion on the vast savannah of new moments and I am even tempted to give it a name. In truth this small book is simply an extension of my heart, mind, hand and seeing eyes but it provides me with an intimacy where the world observed in all of its grandeur is condensed into that tiny paper space. The scale of our graphic practice is I believe so very important for our developing skill because we need to develope sensitivities for scale, distance and the patterning of forms. A woman carrying her cargo of shopping in the distance might be a worthy subject for the little book where a biro is used to scribble the essentials of form in motion or in stillness. Quickly the eye searches for salient pattern and the hand serves, this is essential experience in the quest of seeing, it strengthens our cognitive functions as it is a logico mathematical process but this is not the end result, the result is seeing and being surprised and realising that we simply interpret this mysterious world.

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Sketch by Stephen Dernocoure

Life Drawing Class for All Levels

7 – 9pm Mondays
$275 per Term (10wks)
$35 per Casual Class

Why don’t you join our Monday evening life drawing class? If you are not sure, try it out as casual first. Please feel free to ask us if you have any questions about the life drawing class. Email: info[at] / Phone: +61 (0)2 9968 1233 / Download Enrolment form