Rocks & Rivers Watercolour with Roslyn Hartwig (Thu, 6 Wk Course)

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Murrays Art & Framing

485 Ruthven Street

Toowoomba City, QLD 4350


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Term 4: 08 October 2020 to 12 November 2020

About this Event

This is the Thursday morning class, if you are unable to make this time we are running another class on:

Wednesday Evening Class, click here to book.


Water is a fascinating natural form and the variations are seemingly endless. This course will introduce you to many ways of painting scenes that feature water.

Watercolour is a medium that responds well to the subject of water. The fluid nature of this subject means that all types of moving or still water can be portrayed with accuracy, but also in a painterly way. Textures are an important part of this subject, because the landscapes also contain trees and of course, rocks. These aspects can be depicted in a variety of methods.

All levels of experience are welcome, from the first timer who wants to give-it-a-go to those who have painted with watercolour before.

Roslyn uses a step by step demonstration method, with students following the process along until they have completed their paintings. Usually one painting every week or two. Often exercises and ‘play’ paintings are also included in the course.


During the classes in the MyArt Studio, there is a relaxed, fun atmosphere with the element of challenge coming from trying to grasp the technical aspects of watercolour. Roslyn encourages students to be on a learning curve without having the expectation of being able to paint ‘perfectly’ the first time something different is attempted. Practice at home is an important part of the process to increase skill levels.

The Program

During these 6 weeks, you will be introduced to the many elements involved in painting Rocks and Rivers with watercolours. Such as:

  • Looking at the flow and direction of water, whether it is a still lake or moving in a stream, cascade or fall
  • Methods of painting the water in a realistic way
  • Exploring the form of rocks and simple and fun ways of depicting them
  • The perspective of a landscape with water and trees
  • Foliage and how it sits within these landscapes
  • A rainforest setting with streams and cascades
  • And more if time allows
  • Demonstrations of each part of the painting process

Each class will include:

  • Instruction on brushwork, washes, wet-in-wet, tonal values, colour choices, and other technical aspects
  • General questions/answers and mini demos as required by students
  • Encouragement to practice and complete projects at home

This workshop is a 6 week course, running every Thursday morning from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The dates are as follows:

08/10/2020: 9:30am to 12:30pm

15/10/2020: 9:30am to 12:30pm

22/10/2020: 9:30am to 12:30pm

29/10/2020: 9:30am to 12:30pm

05/11/2020: 9:30am to 12:30pm

12/11/2020: 9:30am to 12:30pm

If you are unable to make it to the Thursday morning class, we are running a Wednesday evening class, click here to book.

Don't want to pay online? Give us a call on 07 4632 2727.

Materials are not included in this class, to view the materials list please click here.

About the Tutor: Roslyn Hartwig

I am on a quest for excellence.

This desire for excellence has developed over the past several years as I have pursued my interest in painting and drawing in both the studio and on location. After the many years between going to school art and a local art group in 1998, I have now progressed to being a professional artist. This is an attitude as much as a working title.

As a professional artist, I have held 4 solo exhibitions, received many prizes and sales in art competitions and shows, and in 2018 & 2019 have had paintings selected for FabrianoInAcquarello in Fabriano, Italy.

My passion is for painting in watercolour, but I also enjoy working with oils and pastels. Painting water has been something that I have always been attracted to, because of the challenge of depicting convincingly it’s many ways of behaving. Having said that though, I have painted a wide array of subjects, from trees, landscapes, florals, buildings to dancers, portraits and more.

Another joy is sketching on location (or en plein air). While on holiday or just out and about with some time on my hands (a rarity!), I take a sketchbook, my travel palette and brushes, a waterproof pen and find something of interest to draw/paint. Since I am usually not too fussy about what I do, my journals have an eclectic mix of different subjects, media and techniques. This is a great way to hone my drawing skills and to be totally ‘in the moment’ wherever I am.

And then there is tutoring…

I have taught watercolour regularly at Murray’s Art & Framing over the last 12 years, mostly 6-8 weeks courses featuring just one subject per term. The most popular have been ‘Step by Step W/C Techniques’; ‘Sea & Beach’, Rocks and Rivers, People in action, Florals, Light & Shadows, Colour Explorations, Landscapes and Pen & Wash – a course requiring us to go to locations around the city. These and others have been on offer and I usually run 2-4 classes per week.

My experience in dealing with students of all abilities is now extensive. I try to break down each subject into manageable pieces of the painting puzzle, while explaining things like how I hold and work with my brushes and palette, choose colours, look at photos and change them with my ‘artist eyes’ and when possible, how and when to finish a painting.

I have found that the attendees are most often very friendly and supportive of each other and the classroom atmosphere is conducive to being creative, fun and relaxed. I use encouragement as my tool of choice and constructive guidance when talking about student’s artwork. I find that it is often the participant’s own expectations that cause them the most ‘grief’, wanting to make ‘perfect’ paintings instead of just using the workshop as an opportunity to learn as much as possible to practise at home.

On occasion, I am asked to teach at other art groups in places like Roma, Injune, Chinchilla and I enjoy the chance to do weekend workshops with artists in these locations. I have tutored at Toowoomba McGregor School in 2017 and 2019.

Website: www.roslynhartwig.com.au

Instagram: roslynhartwigartistaustralia

Top Image: River Rocks

Bottom Image: On the Rocks

MyArt Studio Workshop booking and cancellation policy

The 16 Duggan Street entrance to the classroom will be opened 15 minutes prior to commencement of the class. Students are responsible for their own artists materials unless otherwise stated. A materials list is available for each class and will be emailed to you once your booking is confirmed. Materials lists are also available on our website.Tea and coffee will be provided, and students have access to the kitchenette and toilet facilities. No parking facilities provided. Street parking is time limited and shopping centre parking is at your own expense. Classes with outdoor activities are attended at your own risk.


Please book into a workshop at least one month prior to its commencement if possible. This will secure your spot in the class and allow us to confirm tutor bookings. If there are insufficient number workshops may be cancelled.

Cancellation of enrolment by you

If you choose to withdraw from a course or workshop up to one month before its commencement, you will be charged a $25 administration fee. The remainder (minus Eventbrite fees) will be refunded. If you choose to withdraw from a course or workshop within 1 month of its commencement, you will be charged a $25 administration fee and the remainder (minus Eventbrite fees) will only be refunded if the position can be filled.

Missed Classes

Once a workshop has commenced there are no refunds. MyArt Studio cannot accept responsibility for changes to students' personal circumstances that prevent attendance. Classes missed are the student’s responsibility and are non-refundable. Students are not entitled to a discount or ‘make-up’ class if they miss a class for any course they are enrolled in.

Cancellations of workshops by us

In the event of a class being cancelled due to insufficient enrollments, a full refund will be given.

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