Mosman Community College



2. CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS » Drawing and Painting

WATERCOLOUR with John Peter Russell

Course ID 40156
Price $110.00 (GST included)
Status 5 places are available.
Location 2/696 Military Road, Mosman
Tutor Susan Bernasconi
Sessions 1 session of 5 hours
Start date Saturday, 24 November 2018
Finish date Saturday, 24 November 2018
Time 10.30am - 3.30pm

John Peter Russell, an Australian who lived and painted in Brittany, France became friends with Van Gogh, Monet and Matisse. His long overdue exhibition at AGNSW reveals passion for colour, especially watercolours. Learn how he used this magical medium and create your own versions of his landscapes.


- 1x 3/4" flat wash brush
- 4 sheets A3 med 300g watercolour paper
- 3 small tubes W/colour crimson, cadmium yellow, ultramarine blue
- 2 water jars
- roll of paper towel
- plastic plates
- 2 clips
- paper tape for mounting, paper (masking tape)

About the presenter

Susan Bernasconi has developed her natural creative and communication skills working in advertising, graphic design and promotion, successfully combining her professional design work with teaching, painting and tour guiding.

Susan studied drawing, painting and fine arts at the National Art School, East Sydney, painting and drawing with the late John Ogburn at the Harrington Street Gallery, The Rocks, and graphic art, advertising design and illustration.

Drawing With Susan
Drawing With Susan

Persuing another passion, Susan studied archaeology at Sydney University, working on field excavations in the Middle East. A keen traveller, an early fascination with the rich artistic traditions of Ancient Egypt led to her first trip to the Africian continent. Her interest continues with Egyptian art and culture, particularly the prehistoric and early dynastic cultures, and the flowering of the revolutionary court of Akhenaten and Nefertiti at the city of Amarna.

For an artist, Susan's travel diaries and sketch books are a vital inspiration for her paintings. She has held several successful exhibitions in Africa, Italy, France, Greece, Israel, the Pacific Islands, Indonesia and Australia. She captures the spirit of landscape, wildlife and people with vibrant pastels, inks and watercolour.

Frequent African journeys led to Susan's involvement with organisations helping to protect endangered species and their habitats; as a result she planned and accompanied African safaris helping raise funds for a greater awareness of black rhino and wild dog research projects in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.

Susan, a qualified tour guide, also conducts walking tours focusing on our early colonial history and settlement, early colonial art and Aboriginal culture of Sydney.

Susan's interest in early art forms and cultures has led to her study of rock art around the world; in Africa, Europe but particularly in Australia, where the world's oldest and most extensive collections of rock paintings and engravings exist. She conducts a series of lectures on this ancient rock art of Australia, in addition to those on archaeology, painting and drawing.

Susan brings her professional skills, extensive knowledge and great enthusiasm to her popular classes, lectures and tours, adding a unique artistic dimension to all her courses and projects.

"I believe creating art through drawing and painting and appreciating the works of artists through time who have left their images for us to wonder at and admire, enables both beginner and experienced artists to participate in the magic of the world we see all around us."

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