Architectural Watercolours

Meet at Brickworks Studio, 9 Franklin Wharf, Hobart


Join Ian Johnston for an informal sketching and watercolouring session to reflect on our city with creative eyes. This session takes place outside Brooke Street Pier, providing many different outlooks across the Derwent River, through to Salamanca and up to kunanyi/Mount Wellington.

Ian Johnson is a retired architect who has dabbled in watercolour for more than 40 years. In that time, he has had honed his skill under the tuition of notable teachers including Blair Gamble, Max Angus, Elspeth Vaughan and John Lovett. Ian enjoys painting landscapes, mostly with buildings. When travelling, he always carries an A5 Moleskin sketchbook, a few useful tubes of colour, a couple of brushes and a folding colour palate mixing tray. Ian describes watercolouring while on holidays as both a sublime and immersive experience, but like all art, it’s not without its frustrations.

For this three hour session, Ian will provide a quick introduction before everyone finds a comfortable spot to paint or sketch from. Afterwards, you will reflect on your completed works as a group. You can also share your finished paintings and sketches on the Open House Hobart’s Instagram.

After you register, we will send out a list of basic items to bring along to get you started, but please note that this is not a compulsory materials list. Please feel free to bring any mediums that you have and are comfortable with using, whether it is watercolours, pencils, pastels, ink, and/or charcoal. Also bring suitable sketch pads, water bottles, brushes, a palette or plate and something to eat and drink.

All levels of experience and age groups are welcome (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) – come along and get creative!

Watercolour Session Saturday 12 November: 10 am – 1 pm

Watercolour Session Times Sunday 13 November: 1 pm – 4 pm

Duration: 3 hours



Building Types



Retail and Offices

Architectural Periods

Contemporary (2001-current)

Interwar (1919-1940)

Mid-Twentieth Century (1940-1960)

Victorian (1851-1901)


Architectural Design

History of Hobart

Suitable for Children


Pram Friendly

Wheelchair Friendly

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