Certificate in Watercolour Painting (Basic)


This course provides structured and medium-specific training for beginners, or learners from the related creative industries, such as designers, artists and draughtsmen, looking to enhance their skills. The lessons are crafted systematically in a sequential order. In both theory and practice, learners will acquire skills in terms of visualisation and application through the watercolour medium. In the Visual Studies module, learners will grasp basic concepts of line, shape, contour, light/shadow and perspective. These foundational skills are essential in the second module on watercolour painting.


Terms and Conditions

Learners will be presented a Certificate upon successful completion of the course.


Class Schedule*

January 2020 Intake

Choose 1 of the following:
Day of the Week Time Duration
Monday 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 12.30pm
Tuesday 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Friday 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Sunday 1.30pm to 4.30pm

July 2020 Intake

Schedule will be available in April 2020.


  • Classes are held once a week.
  • The above schedules are subjected to final confirmation.

Module 1 - Visual Studies in Watercolour (8 sessions x 3 hours)

This module introduces the fundamentals of drawing, composition and colour theory that strengthens the learners’ observation and visualisation skills. Learners will practise on line works, perspective, measuring techniques, negative spaces, and rendering techniques such as shading and hatching relevant to watercolour painting.

Module 2 - Watercolour Painting (8 sessions x 3 hours)

In this module, learners will practise and apply watercolour techniques for still life. Lessons will cover light and transparency, planning and forethought, application of technique within context, handling of colour and tone, as well as observation.

Applicants must be 17 years old and above.

Course Fees

  Fees Fees (After NSA subsidies)
Certificate in Watercolour Painting (Basic) S$820 S$436.82

Other Fees

Registration Fee S$48.10

All fees stated above include GST and exclude material costs.


SkillsFuture Credit
All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website (www.skillsfuture.sg/credit) to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory.

National Silver Academy
Applicable to Singaporean seniors aged 50 and above who will receive a subsidy of 50% off the course fee (capped at $500 per course). Please note that the subsidy will only apply to the course fee and will not cover GST.

Union Training Assistance Programme
Applicable to NTUC Union members who will enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year. Visit the NTUC website for more details.

Address (for payment via cheque)

Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the 'Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' and send to:
80 Bencoolen Street (S) 189655. The student's name, NRIC/Passport number and contact number must be written on the reverse side of the cheque.

Refund of Fees

Withdrawal within 14 days before the course commencement date Course fee^ will be refunded after deduction of S$107.00 as administrative charges.
Withdrawal on or after course commencement date
No refund will be given.
^Registration fees and miscellaneous fees are non-refundable.

Cancellation/ Postponement

  • NAFA reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course without prior notice.
    In the event that the class is unable to proceed due to unforeseen circumstances, NAFA will process a full refund of the course fees.

Withdrawal/ Deferment/ Transfer

  • Withdrawal or deferment requests should be made in writing with supporting relevant documents (if any) to Centre for Lifelong Education. Request for deferment is subject to approval.
  • No deferment is allowed once the course has commenced.
  • No transfer of course upon registration.

Replacement of Classes

  • There is strictly no replacement lesson should the participant absent himself/herself from the course.

The Academy reserves the right to alter the rules and regulations, course contents, class schedule and fee structures without prior notice.


The registration for Certificate Courses (January 2020 Intake) has ended.

The next intake will commence in July 2020, and registration will be in May 2020.

Do visit https://www.nafa.edu.sg/courses/part-time/short-courses for other Short Courses that we offer.

For enquiries, please email or call CLE at: [email protected] | 6512 1388

The Academy reserves the right to alter the rules and regulations, course contents, class schedule and fee structures without prior notice.


Make an Enquiry

Tel: 6512 1388

Please write to us at:
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