Introduction to Illustration, Watercolour and Mixed Media Short Course with Olivia York

MAC Union Studio

This is an introduction to illustration and mixed media short course taught by Olivia York, a Melbourne-based artist and illustrator who specialises in watercolour illustration. Over 7 weeks Olivia will introduce students to key foundational techniques for illustration using gouache and watercolour media. Olivia will offer personalised assistance informed by the participants individual illustration goals.


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Introduction to Illustration with Watercolour, drawing and mixed media, for:

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Ages: This course is designed for adults

(Art students aged 15 – 17 may be able to attend, please contact to discuss suitability)


February / March 7 week course 
  • Dates: Mondays; 5 February – 25 March 2024 (7 sessions / NO CLASS Monday 11th March (Labour Day))
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (2.5 hours)
  • Location: MAC Union Studio (Level 1, 85 Union Street, Armadale)
  • Course fee: $532 inc. GST


An Illustration course by artist and illustrator, Olivia York, focusing on the application of gouache and watercolour.

The course focuses on the development of key foundational techniques for illustration using gouache and watercolour media. Olivia will offer personalised assistance informed by the participants individual illustration goals, whether it be character design or creating a one-off work of art for their wall. Olivia aims to build confidence and help students find their own illustration style. Students will experiment with techniques that are discussed and demonstrated during class and will have the opportunity to apply them to the artwork they create.

We welcome all skills levels, from complete beginners, to experienced artists who need a space and dedicated time to create. We maintain small class sizes to ensure Olivia can offer one-on-one tuition for each student.

If you are looking for a course more based around Watercolour, Olivia also offers the following beginners to intermediate course: Introduction to Watercolour and Gouache

Olivia York is a Melbourne-based artist, illustrator and Australiana enthusiast. She creates witty and whimsical watercolour illustrations, inspired by our Australian flora and fauna. Her illustrations have so far adorned food trucks, shop windows, children’s books, clothing, packaging and homewares.

Her products have been featured in several tv shows, books and magazines including Better Homes and Gardens, Frankie magazine and Koala (Thames & Hudson). Olivia has collaborated with such brands as House, Lalaland, Nutella and Auspost.

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