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Watercolour Travel Journals

Saturday 25 May @ 10am - 3pm

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Watercolour Travel Journals workshop in Auckland

Join award-winning artist Elise de Silva for her newest workshop, Watercolour Travel Journalling. If you have a passion for art, then join Elise and learn how to document your travel experiences in a watercolour way.

During the workshop, Elise will share her expertise, techniques, and personal insights, showing you how to create stunning visual stories that will capture the essence of your holiday.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, this workshop caters to all skill levels. Come and learn easy-going techniques that cover the basics of drawing, watercolouring and journalling. Bring your travel sketches to life using vibrant watercolours, adding depth, texture, and luminosity to your artwork.

Gain invaluable tips on how to observe and capture fleeting moments, architectural wonders, landscapes, and moments with intricate detail. Translate your travel experiences onto paper and make your lasting memories unique. Drawing or Painting on location forces you to be present. It helps you strip away the detail and focus on capturing the essence of the subject. The sketching can take only a short time 15 – 40 minutes depending on the subject.

Delve into a creative process, experiment, take risks, and explore different artistic watercolour styles. Immerse yourself in the magical world of watercolour travel journalling and create lasting memories through your art.

Pay attention to travel experiences important to you. It could be people enjoying coffee at a cafe, tomatoes hanging from a balcony, unusual buildings or paths leading to nowhere. Sketch them as a travel watercolour is worth way more than a few images left sitting on your smartphone!


A travel watercolour example made by you to use when creating your next travel journal.



Elise De Silva is a local artist, specialising in watercolours and landscapes. She loves plein-air painting and loves capturing beautiful sceneries.
In addition to this Intro to Watercolours workshop, Elise teaches the following at UXBRIDGE
-Watercolours for Beginners (term time class)
-Impressionist Watercolours (workshop)
To see more of Elise’s personal work, head to her website https://www.elisedesilvaart.com


• Watercolour paints. A mix of colours, whatever you have should be fine, but at least a red, cobalt blue, French ultramarine blue, a cool yellow and a warm yellow, Payne’s grey or neutral       tint and white.
• Watercolour pad suitable for travel
• Watercolour brushes small & large or what you have.
• Masking tape or art tape
• 2B pencil and eraser
• Sketchbook
• Tissues and a small old rag



Julianna B. (April 2024)
I took intro to water colours class here with Elise. It was enjoyable; Elise was a great teacher for beginners and covered off all the basics. I left the class feeling confident to try out my new skills at home. Would definitely recommend for anyone interested in getting started with water colours or just trying something new!

Larry A. (April 2024)
The introduction to watercolour with Elise was fantastic. I really enjoyed it and Elise is exceptionally talented artist and tutor. It was well worth it!


May 25
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Studio 3
35 Uxbridge Road
Auckland, 2014 New Zealand
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(09) 535 6467


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About Your Tutor:

Elise De Silva

I’m a full-time, award winning artist and writer working out of my studio in Auckland. My favourite medium is watercolour, although I do occasionally work with oils and acrylics. I am always trying new techniques and have been challenging myself with adding more realism to my work. I am strongly drawn to dramatic light. I love painting boats and the beautiful reflections in the water. I want my art to evoke beauty and bring people joy and peace. I am President of…