Classes and Workshops




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Weekly Watercolour Classes

at Artsmart in Seaforth, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Guy is endlessly encouraging and dedicated to helping you learn. He demonstrates in every lesson, breaking the subject down into stages for everyone to follow. All aspects of painting in watercolours will be covered over time, including discussion on picture making, colour, composition, and techniques. Guy builds flexibility into the classes to cater for the levels, abilities, and wishes of class members. He also encourages individual direction and technique, and will offer advice and critiques of work brought in to class.


Term 1: Tuesday 29 January – Thursday 11 April (11 weeks)

Term 2: Tuesday 30 April – Thursday 6 June (6 weeks)    

Term 3: Tuesday 23 July – Thursday 26 September (10 weeks)

Term 4: Tuesday 15 October – Thursday 19 December (10 weeks)

                              ENROL AT ANY TIME


Tuesday, 10am -12.30pm  (limited places available)

watercolour 19.5x22.5cm $180 unframedTuesday, 6.45pm to 9.15pm  (this class is currently unavailable. Please contact Guy if you are interested) 

Wednesday, 10am – 12.30pm  (limited places available)

Thursday, 10am – 12.30pm  (limited places available)

Thursday, 1.15pm – 3.45pm  



The classes are small and friendly and every student gets individual tuition tailored to their own experience and ability.

All classes are suitable for beginners and continuing students, as well as artists wishing to do more advanced work.

The emphasis is on painting in watercolour with all its varied techniques.   



All regular classes run on a term basis and the current cost for a 10 week term is $650, payable in advance.    

It is possible to start at any time and join for the rest of that term, if there is a place available.

Unfortunately there can be no discount or refund for missed lessons, including planned periods away. 

As numbers are limited, please let Guy know as soon as possible if you would like to secure your place.   There is normally some flexibility to enable you to attend make-up classes if required, depending on space.

For availability of places and to find out more please contact Guy directly by email 




Guy and Barn OwlGuy  runs occasional workshops on a variety of topics such as watercolour, landscape, nature painting, mammals and birds.   Guy can be booked to run a workshop for you, whether a half day, full day or weekend.

Whatever your subject, Guy’s vast experience teaching combined with his intimate knowledge of animals and the natural world will help you realise your painting ambitions.



If you are interested, please contact Guy by phone on 0417 236 533 or email.


with Guy Troughton

An introduction to portraying birds in watercolour.  With his many years of experience, Guy will cover the essential elements of understanding birds’ structure and show you a variety of ways to paint them.  Suitable for most people with basic drawing skills.

ESSENTIAL DRAWING   SPRING 2019   date to be arranged

WATERCOLOUR – A WORLD OF COLOUR   with Jane Blundell  SPRING 2019   date to be arranged



with guest tutor Krista Brennan

In this introductory workshop, Krista will take you through the basics of facial and human proportion, with an emphasis on shape, tone and design to create realistic portraits and people. 

The workshop will cover colour mixing, handling tone and shadows, perspective and proportions, observation and comparison, and finding a likeness. 

Krista will give you some tips about common poses, structure and balance, as well as how to simplify shapes to create convincing impressions of people for  backgrounds.




Talks, Demonstrations, and Judging

With an expert eye, vast knowledge and experience Guy is available to give talks, demonstrations, and to judge shows.  

Please contact him to discuss the options on

0417 236 533 or email