Workshops and Classes

The Society runs a program of beginner and intermediate classes and workshops by guest artists.

Note: The CCWS will abide by the COVID-19 public health orders and Government advice that is current at the time of the workshop. If you are unwell (especially with any cold or any flu like symptoms), please do not attend a workshop or class.

The current workshop and classses program is detailed below and will held at The Entrance Community Centre and unless otherwise stated will run between 9.30am – 4.00pm each day. Please aim to arrive at 9.00am to allow time to set up.

Workshops 2022
Date SubjectTutor/Artist
13,14 AugustExploring shadow and light in watercolourCheryl Bruce
17-18 SeptemberWatercolour ImpressionsChan Dissanayake
15-16 OctoberScenes in WatercolourJohn Haycraft
12-13 NovemberWatercolours from NatureSharon Muir
Classes 2022
2-3 JulyIntermediateKrista Brennan
22, 29 October and 5 November
3-4 December IntermediateKrista Brennan

Further details and bookings can be made by downloading and completing the relevant forms below. Please note that first preference for workshop bookings is given to CCWS Members.

Workshop Booking Form

Beginners Class Booking Form

Intermediate Class Booking Form

Workshop Tutors

Cheryl Bruce

Central Coast artist and CCWS member, Cheryl is primarily a watercolour artist, specialising in loose and impressionistic paintings covering a wide variety of subject matter from still life, to seascape, landscape, boats, horses and portraits.

Having travelled extensively and currently living on the NSW Central Coast, Cheryl takes inspiration from the environment around her. The Central Coast provides an abundance of inspiration. She paints and sketches en plein air regularly with a focus on honing observation skills, and working quickly to impart the feeling of the subject rather than depict every detail.

The 2 day workshop will focus on shadow and light through a variety of subjects.  One of Cheryl’s favourite things to paint is the shadow passages which are often full of colour and subtle detail, whether it be on a piece of fruit or the shadow of a tree or building shadow falling on the ground.  Getting the shadows right is often what makes the lights sing.

To make an object look three dimensional in watercolour, Cheryl will demonstrate how need to make the light and shadow do the work.  She will focus on the key techniques and discuss the importance of temperature (cool or warm), tone, lost and found edges, colour decisions, reflected light, and also the myriad of shadow types to explore (form, cast, etc).   

Chan Dissanayake

Chan Dissanayake is a multi award winning watercolour artist’s living in Canberra ACT Over the last 15 years his passion has turned to watercolour. A medium that thrives in spontaneous response and free expression.

His mastery in watercolour is manifested by the vast varying subject matter that he tackles from rural landscapes, urban city scapes to coastal seascapes. In 2017, Chan received the ultimate accolade for an Australian Watercolourist when he was elected to the elite Australian Watercolour Institute. Known for his innovative approach to teaching and generosity in sharing his knowledge, Chan has gained considerable reputation as an outstanding tutor. He conducts workshops throughout the country and leads international painting tours for Travelrite International. Currently, he teaches watercolour at the ANU (Australian National University). He has contributed many articles to leading art publications including International Artist, Australian Artist and Artists Palette.

 His quick and direct approach to watercolour has earned him much success and respects both nationally and internationally.


This 2 Day workshop will suit students who have been exposed to the medium of watercolour and want to extend their knowledge to the next level. We will specifically concentrate on how to inject and capture the mood of the subject. The truly magical qualities of watercolour can best be demonstrated in portraying atmospheric effects. We will paint a variety of subjects, producing two paintings a day from start to finish; each painting will be chosen to demonstrate a certain technique or a key learning point. There will be lots of useful discussions as well as tips on how to avoid potential pitfalls.

If you enjoy the challenge of producing loose and bold watercolours, then this is for you. 

Chan is well known for his generosity in sharing his insights and experiences in watercolour. There will be many demonstrations showing you how to create depth, incorporate figures, and connect shapes, edge control and how to exploit the medium in creating magical effects.  Each student will receive personal attention and encouragement.