Waterfront Watercolour Classes


Waterfront Watercolour Classes  

Come down to the waterfront for a new programme at the NZ Maritime Museum. Learn drawing and watercolour painting right at the water’s edge, lead by artist Kristen Olson Stone.

Cost: $45 per person. Pre-booking is required. Tea and coffee offered complimentary.

Maximum of 14 people per class.

Sunday 24 June: 1-4pm

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Kristen Olson Stone, an experienced tutor and highly acclaimed artist from the USA, will be teaching an artist workshop on drawing and watercolor painting of the sailing yachts and heritage fleet in the NZ Maritime Museum’s marina.

Students will work in the museum’s fabulous new marina-side learning space. They will be able to draw and paint from life, as well as from large projected images. Imagery will also be made available by the artist for practice.

Some of the topics Kristen will cover include, defining the focal point, values, composition and edges, perspective, lost line construction, radiating lines, color mixing, how to paint reflections, how to paint water, atmosphere and much more.  You will learn techniques to create a painting with feeling and life, rather than one that feels like a copy of a photograph. 

Each class will begin with a painting demonstration and lecture followed by plenty of individual attention for the rest of the class.

Basic sketch materials will be provided free of charge. The museum will supply a small amount of paint for students to learn with. We recommend investing in a watercolour painting kit from an art supplier to bring with you. This will enable you to do more painting in the class and practice at home. Suggested supply list:​

  • 2B pencil or leadholder
  • small pencil sharpener 
  • white plastic eraser 
  • watercolor paper pad or block, 300gsm recommended
  • watercolor paint set, artist quality paints are recommended minimum 6 colors
  • watercolor brush or travel brush, #6 or #8 round synthetic sable (you may bring more brushes if you have them)

The NZ Maritime Museum can be easily accessed by public transport, and half price parking vouchers for Downtown carpark can be purchased from the museum shop.


  • Residents of the Auckland region can visit the Maritime Museum galleries for free if they provide proof of address on arrival
  • Children: 5-14 years old (4 years and under are free)
  • Family Pass = 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

Our staff are passionate about making the Museum accessible for all people.
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Bookings essential. Please call (09) 373 0800 or email info@maritimemuseum.co.nz to reserve your place.