Undergraduate Degree



​DA2003 Watermedia Landscape Painting

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites:DN1001, DN1002; Academic Unit: 3.0]



DN1001, DN1002

Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description

Learning Objective

Through practice-based teaching students are explored to watermedia techniques and hence are able to use watermedia as a quick tool for exploration of design / compositions and short hand study. Landscape (cityscapes included) painting on location enhances students’ capability in construction of space, strength in collection of visual resources through observation.


This course will allow students to explore various watermedia techniques including transparent watercolour, gouache and acrylic painting on paper and primed surface. Concepts of space construction are introduced through exploration of architectural cityscape and natural landscape. The perceptual process gained through this course further improves students’ capability in collecting visual resources for design and compositions in their respective areas of major.

Course Outline




• Introduction to various watermedia techniques: transparent watercolour, gouache and acrylic paint.

2 - 3

• Outdoor painting of cityscape with complex architectural structures and figurative elements, using transparent watercolour and gouache.

4 - 5

• Outdoor painting of natural landscape with figurative elements using acrylic painting on primed and textured canvas surface.


• Using watermedia as a fast medium for study of composition / design and colours for larger format and complex artworks. Students learn the methodology of solving large image issues through quick study in small paintings.


• Mid Sem review of assignments


• Study of closed up landscape subject matters. Explore the capability of watermedia to achieve realistic textures


• Study of different lighting and atmospheric condition through watermedia.

10 - 12

• Final project involving knowledge obtained from week 1 to week 9.


• Final review of assignments


Learning Outcome

Students will be able to use watermedia as their tools in quick study of composition and design. Students will strength both practical and conceptual skills in construction of figurative elements and landscapes in various space structures. Students will improve their sensitivity in perceptual activities and hence enhances their capability in collecting resources for resolving large and complex image issues.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 30% (Final assessment includes final images and process of working of a final project)

  2. Continuous Assessment: 70%

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Weekly exercises, process of working and homework assignments


Recommended Reading:

  1. Frank Webb: Webb on Watercolor, Publisher: North Light Books

  2. David Curtis: A Personal View - David Curtis - The Landscape in Watercolor, Publisher: David & Charles

  3. David Curtis & Robin Capon: Light and Mood in Watercolor, Publisher: Batsford