Visual Arts Centre

“Art is the activity by which a person, having experienced an emotion, intentionally transmits it to others” – Leo Tolstoy

Are you keen on advancing your interests and skills in Art? In particular, watercolour painting? If that is the case, you might be interested in the watercolour painting classes offered by the Visual Arts Centre! We offer a plethora of courses at the Visual Arts Centre. They range from Watercolour Painting to Drawing and Sketching! Doesn’t matter if you are a novice with an immense passion for Art, or someone who is seeking to advance your skills! The courses here are tailored to suit your interests and aptitude! We offer 12-session, 24-session and 50-session courses for Watercolour Painting and Drawing and Sketching.

< Reasons why you should learn Watercolour Painting >

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Watercolour Painting is a form of Art. Art is prevalent everywhere you turn.  It is a form of expression — a manifestation of what you believe in and how you think. Furthermore, Art is therapeutic — it allows us to escape into the refuge of our fantasy and leave the stress of the modern day world behind. Moreover, Art can be a hobby — something you attain joy from. The benefits that we can reap from engaging in the Arts is endless.

Watercolour Painting is the process of painting with pigments that are mixed with water. Because of the portability, ease of use and clean-up, watercolours are great for quick sketches. They are also often used by still life, landscape or portrait painters to create small-scale studies of complex paintings that they plan to do in a much larger scale later.

Watercolour possesses the reputation of being a difficult Art style to master. Yet, interest in Watercolour Painting has never been stronger! While it is no longer stigmatised as a mere “sketch” medium, artists are constantly pushing the boundaries of the stupendous effects Watercolour can achieve.

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Watercolour Painting Courses offered at the Visual Arts Centre:

In our 12-session Watercolour course, you will be exposed to the basics of Watercolour painting and get acquainted with the medium. Our adept instructor will be guiding you on the foundations of Drawing and Sketching. They will then guide you on how to paint using Watercolour. Additionally, you will also get to familiarise yourself with various types of brushes to utilise as well as learn the basic Watercolour techniques (i.e Colour Blending). After attending our 12-session Watercolour course, we assure that you will be able to attain a foundational level of competency in this medium.

In our 24-session Watercolour Art course, you can look forward to attaining an intermediate level of competency in Watercolour painting! There, you will be exposed to a variety of basic and intermediate Watercolour techniques. The first 12 sessions of the 24-session course will be focusing on foundational techniques taught in the 12-session course. Following which, the next 12 sessions will be touching on more advanced techniques. Additionally, there is a diversity of Watercolour Painting styles that you can try during the course!

Taking up the 24-session course will ensure that you receive a sufficient number of lessons required to find your own style to approach Watercolour Painting. Under the patient guidance of our teachers, you will learn how to paint using Watercolour relatively well. Coupled with a 8 month validity period, you can comfortably learn the art of Watercolour at your own pace!


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< Common Questions >

What are the various platforms that I can learn Water Colouring? watercolour_class_singapore_visual_arts_centre

(1) Youtube! Without doubt, there are numerous online tutorials easily accessible on Youtube. There videos online educating beginners on the foundational techniques required for Watercolour painting! (2) However, should you want to fine-tune your competency in Art and receive tailored guidance in accordance to your current skill, we highly recommend you to check out the courses offered at the Visual Arts Centre! Under the patient guidance of our adept instructors, you will be able to pick up the correct techniques in no time! In addition, the cost of Art materials is included in the price of the package. Not only do we offer a flexible class schedule, but we also present to you an extended validity period. Sounds good? 🙂

< Summary >

To summarise, in a comfortable and conducive studio setting offered at the Visual Arts Centre, you will be able to complete a Watercolour artwork every 1-3 sessions. Additionally, you will learn a number of essential watercolour techniques under the guidance of our professionally trained Art instructors. For those who wish to explore the various Art mediums (ie. drawing and sketching, watercolour painting and acrylic painting), we strongly recommend you to check out our Art Immersion Course. It allows you the flexibility of switching between mediums across the span of 12 lessons/ 24 lessons / 50 lessons!


Built by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, Visual Arts Centre is located in the heart of the Dhoby Ghaut Arts & Heritage precinct. We are a few minutes away from several major art institutions, museums and schools. Moreover, we are also a stone’s throw away from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station! Have any queries? Please feel free to contact us at: 6733 2155 / 6255 0711! Besides that, we can also be contacted via email at [email protected]. Location: 10 Penang Road, #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore 238469

Foundation In Digital Art

Embark on a captivating journey into the vibrant world of digital art! Our Foundation in Digital Art workshop invites budding creatives aged nine and above to unleash their imagination and hone their artistic skills in a dynamic, supportive environment. From mastering basic digital tools to crafting mesmerizing digital masterpieces, children will explore a spectrum of techniques guided by seasoned mentors. Through hands-on activities and interactive sessions, participants will discover the endless possibilities of digital expression while fostering creativity and critical thinking. Join us for an exhilarating adventure where young artists transform ideas into stunning visual realities, igniting a passion for digital art

Colour & Texture Exploration With Acrylic Painting & Collage

Prepare to unleash your inner artist in a kaleidoscope of color and creativity with ‘Colour Blast: Acrylic Painting & Collage Techniques’! Dive into a whirlwind adventure where vibrant hues and mesmerizing textures collide in a symphony of imagination. From mastering the art of seamless color blending to discovering the magic of mixed media collage, this journey is a playground for your artistic soul. With each brushstroke, explore new techniques that breathe life into your canvas, transforming it into a vibrant tapestry of expression. Join us and let your creativity run wild as you embark on this colorful escapade!”

World of Manga [Foundation & Styling]

A manga art workshop for children and teenagers sounds like a fantastic idea! Here’s how you might structure it:
Introduction to Manga: Begin by introducing what manga is, its history, and its influence on popular culture worldwide. Show examples of different manga styles and genres to give participants an overview.
Basic Drawing Techniques: Start with the fundamentals of drawing, such as line work, shapes, and proportions. Provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw basic manga characters, focusing on simple shapes that can be built upon.
Character Design: Move on to character design concepts, including creating unique characters, designing their personalities, and developing backstories. Encourage participants to get creative and think outside the box.
Expression and Emotion: Teach how to convey emotions and expressions through facial expressions, body language, and positioning of characters. This can be a fun and interactive exercise where participants practice drawing various emotions.
Storytelling and Paneling: Explore the basics of storytelling in manga, including paneling techniques, pacing, and layout. Show examples of different panel structures and discuss how they affect the flow of the story.
Inking and Coloring: Introduce participants to inking techniques using pens or markers. You can also cover digital inking for those interested. Then, demonstrate basic coloring techniques using markers, colored pencils, or digital software.
Feedback and Collaboration: Provide opportunities for participants to share their work and receive feedback from their peers and instructors. Encourage collaboration by having them work together on short manga projects or collaborative drawings.
Final Showcase: End the workshop with a showcase of participants’ work. This could be in the form of an exhibition, digital gallery, or printed booklet. Celebrate everyone’s creativity and progress throughout the workshop.
Remember to create a supportive and encouraging environment where participants feel free to express themselves and explore their creativity. And don’t forget to have fun! Manga is all about imagination and passion, so let that spirit shine through in your workshop.

Academy Drawing Traditions

The academy drawing and sketching tradition, rooted in centuries of artistic practice, emphasizes disciplined study of form, proportion, and technique. Originating from Renaissance workshops and formalized by institutions like the Royal Academy, it prioritizes meticulous observation and mastery of fundamental skills. Students progress from basic exercises to complex compositions, learning to depict still life and common objects with precision and expression. This tradition values both classical principles and innovation, encouraging artists to push boundaries while maintaining a deep respect for tradition. Through rigorous training and critique, artists within this tradition cultivate a strong foundation for creative exploration and artistic excellence.

Chinese Ink Painting and Calligraphy

This course on Chinese ink painting and calligraphy introduces young learners to the rich traditions of Chinese art. Through hands-on activities, students explore the basics of brush techniques, ink control, and the delicate art of Chinese script. They learn to appreciate the cultural significance of calligraphy and painting, developing skills in creating elegant strokes and expressive brushwork. The course fosters creativity, patience, and fine motor skills, while also providing insights into Chinese history and aesthetics. By the end, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and a deeper understanding of Chinese cultural heritage.

Funk with Graffiti

Funk With Graffiti Workshop for children is an engaging and creative program aimed at introducing young artists to the vibrant world of graffiti and funk-inspired street style art. Participants learn the basics of graffiti history, techniques, and safety. Guided by professional graffiti artists, children explore the art of designing their unique tags, emphasizing creativity, expression, and individuality. The workshop includes hands-on activities, from sketching concepts to creating final designs with spray paint on provided surfaces. By the end of the session, children gain confidence in their artistic abilities and an appreciation for graffiti and funk as legitimate forms of street art. Each child completes two original artworks, which they proudly take home, showcasing their newfound skills and personal style.

Batik Tales

In the Batik Introduction Handkerchief Painting workshop, participants will learn the traditional art of batik, a wax-resist dyeing technique originating from Indonesia. The workshop begins with a brief history and overview of batik, highlighting its cultural significance and various techniques. Participants will then observe a demonstration of applying wax with tjanting tools and dyeing the fabric. Following the demonstration, each participant will design and create their own batik handkerchief, applying wax to create patterns and then dyeing their fabric. The workshop concludes with a group discussion, allowing participants to share their creations and reflect on their learning experience.