Watercolour apple

Beginners Watercolour Workshop

“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

Drawing and painting an apple.

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.

In the workshop, you will draw an apple with 2B pencil then paint/draw with artist quality watercolour which is my selection of 6 colours.
The recipe (draw/paint an apple) appears to be simple but you will learn so many things along the way.

I hope the experience at the workshop will set you off on your watercolour painting journey.

Watercolour painting - Apple Procedure

Suitable for;

  • those who haven’t done watercolour for a long time but would like to start again.
  • those who are not sure watercolour is for them, would like to have a whole experience before spending some money on art materials.

We will cover;

  • Studying the shape of an apple.
  • How to set the lighting onto an apple.
  • Demonstration by Ako: Drawing & painting an apple.
  • Drawing an apple with 2B Pencil: See the shape, the value and the edge.
  • How to mix colours
  • Painting with watercolour: Wet in wet (Light & Vivid colours), Dry completely, Wet on Dry (thicker & darker paint), Negative painting, and Glazing.
  • Painting an apple with watercolour without a pencil drawing.
  • Introducing “15min daily drawing”.

Art Materials

All art materials which will be used in the workshop will be supplied. However, you are wecome to bring your own art materials (I can give you some advise about them).
Also, A set of art materials can be purchased after the workshop which will cost around $150. Please let me know beforehand if you are interested in purchasing them, I will make sure of having enough stock on the day.

  • 6x artist quality watercolour 15ml tube: Ako’s selection of basic colours from Daniel Smith and Schmincke.
  • 1x No8 round brush
  • 1x waterbrush
  • 1x travel palette
  • 1x full size 56cmx76cm 300gsm Arches watercolour paper

Day & Time

Sunday, 10am – 3pm (5hrs) *includes 30 min lunch break


Dates in 2021

  • 14th February 2021
  • 14th March 2021
  • 11th April 2021
  • 9th May 2021
  • 13th June 2021
  • 11th July 2021
  • 8th August 2021
  • 12th September 2021
  • 10th October 2021
  • 14th November 2021


$150 per workshop per student. *All art materials will be supplied.



Ako Lamble


Class Limit

10 people


iPad Art “Penguin” – How did you do it? – written by Ako Lamble

"Penguin" Finish

Ako LambleWritten by Ako Lamble

Hi Everyone,

I would love to share another iPad Art I’ve created recently. If you think “Wow that’s an amazing painting, wish I could paint like that!”, well, believe or not, you can do it much easier than you think. I will show you how I did it … my little trick.


I love watching some good YouTube videos and the one below is one of them. Enjoy watching it first (2minutes11sec long).

then I stopped the video at the point of < 1’10” > which is this;
"Penguin" YouTube Screen


Now you know where the penguin came from, don’t you? Then I took a screenshot of it (if you don’t know how, watch the how to video)


I imported the penguin image into Procreate app, used the smudge tool to smudge (or you can say paint) over the photograph. As you see the original photo was the landscape shape but I made it the portrait shape by dragging the colour off the top and bottom part towards the edge of the screen.

"Penguin" Procreate app


To extend the blue sky part is easy, but you need to actually draw/paint the extra rocks on the bottom part.

"Penguin" before Snapseed app


I imported the image into Snapseed app and changed its tone. As you see, it created the strong contrast and bright colours. I didn’t mind that some of the rocks were darkened on the process to the point of so black because it’s a good place to sign.

"Penguin" after Snapseed app


I did a little touch up on the sky, then signed. There you are, it’s finished. That’s how I did it. Isn’t that incredibly easy?

"Penguin" Finish


"Penguin" Phoster app

This is just one of the examples of what you can do with your iPad. If you are interested in discovering the iPad as an art tool BOOK NOW! There are still a few spots available. Download the flyer. Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions about the workshops. Email: info[at]

"Penquin" Face
“I’m not a thief, just a smart-arse.”

Life Drawing Workshops


For all skill levels, this class focuses on the human form. Live model. Sketching times from 1 to 60 minute intervals. Enhance your perception skills through a variety of observation exercises. Explore the tonal values of light and shade. Experiment with different mediums. Full tuition throughout the class.


Day & Time

Saturday 10am – 12:30pm


Dates in 2021

  • To be announced


$75 per person per class
* Please pay 10 days prior to workshop to reserve your place.



Mike Lamble


Class Limit

12 people