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Why do I want to teach?

Painting is something I enjoy doing but what gives me the most joy is being able to make others happy too! I am most happy when friends tell me they enjoy seeing my works and that they are inspired to paint. Hence, when I was asked to share how I paint, I decided it give it a try and have taught both adults and children since. Teaching not only allows me to help others learn but also enables me to learn in the process. It also gives me a lot of satisfaction knowing my students enjoy painting and improving along the way.  

Why learn watercolour painting?

Learning art builds observation skills and develops your ability to appreciate and enjoy art. It also gives you a fresh pair of eyes and enables you to observe and enjoy the beautiful things around us more.

The knowledge of art and aesthetic can also be applied to many areas of our life, like photography, interior design and decoration, communications, visual expression and fashion.

Painting is also very therapeutic and engages us in the present. Many people told me they don't have patience for painting but they are pleasantly surprised by how fast time passes when they paint. It also paints confidence and allows us to express ourselves. 


Of the various mediums, I like watercolours most as it can achieve effects that no other medium can give through the unpredictability of water and the transparency and luminosity of watercolour paints.

What's Unique about the "Painting with Phyllis" classes?

Lessons are conducted one-to-one or in small groups. This allows me to give my full attention to you and provide timely feedback. Lessons are personalised and customised according to your learning goals, style and pace. 

Through my experience learning watercolours for many years, I understand the challenges that beginners face. By tapping on my close to 20 years of teaching experience, I believe I can help you learn how to learn and yet enjoy the process. 

A small group setting also allows you to meet like-minded people and share learning experience as well as learn from one another. 

What and how will you learn?

Lessons are organised to start from the basics to build knowledge and skills to apply to more complex subject matters. Design concepts and watercolour painting techniques are broken down into a format that is easy to absorb and understand through examples and painting demos.

You will get to practise and experience the painting process, with close guidance along the way and timely feedback. 

Things you will learn include: 
Design concepts:

  • tonal values

  • colour theory

  • composition

  • creating focus area

  • perspective

Watercolour painting techniques:

  • wet-on-wet techniques

  • wet-on-dry technique

  • colour mixing

  • negative painting technique

  • creating textures via splattering, salt, cling wrap and brush strokes



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