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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 drafters, looking to enhance their skills. The lessons are crafted systematically in 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 line, shape, contour, light/shadow and perspective concepts. These foundational skills are essential in the second module on watercolour painting.

Module 1 - Visual Studies in Watercolour
(8 sessions x 3 hours)
This module introduces the fundamentals of drawing, composition and colour theory, strengthening learners' observation and visualisation skills. Learners will practise line works, perspective, measuring techniques, negative spaces, and rendering techniques such as shading and hatching relevant to watercolour painting.

Module Content:
  • Lines and Visualisation
  • Linear Perspective
  • Negative Spaces
  • Crate and Measuring Technique
  • Contours: From Shapes to Form
  • Light and Shadow
  • Painting in Monochrome

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.

Module Content:
  • Still-Life Monochrome
  • Basic Colour Theory
  • Colour Temperature
  • How to Mute Colours
  • Still-Life Painting
  • Floral Painting

Our Trainers


Alan Huang Han Hui

Alan Huang is an experience Art Practitioner specialising in mixed mediums, particularly watercolour. He holds a Graphic Design Diploma from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) since 1998 and a Fashion Design Diploma with Distinction from LASALLE College of the Arts (LASALLE) in 2004. Alan began part-time teaching in 1994, eventually pursuing a full-time art teaching career in 2005. He is currently sharing his expertise as a faculty member of Centre for Lifelong Education (CLE) at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Throughout his career, Alan has received numerous awards for his artistic projects, both locally and internationally. He has been invited to showcase his talents as a guest artist on popular local and Asian variety shows such as Channel 8 and Channel U. Alan has also actively participated in major national and international events, demonstrating his versatility and excellence in Fine arts, Graphic design, Fashion design, and Makeup Artistry.

Chong Yanhong

Chong Yanhong graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Goldsmiths' College University of Arts London, LASALLE College for the Arts in 2013. She has been teaching as an adjunct lecturer at Centre for Lifelong Education and the School of Young Talents at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts since 2009. She specialises in Drawing, Oil Painting and Watercolour and is a winner of the Affordable Art Fair Young Talent Programme 2015/16.

Ho Enwei Edwin

Edwin Ho is an educator, a practising artist and painter who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction Degree (University of New South Wales, Australia). Edwin has lectured at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts for the past decade, and is also an instructor at the Singapore prisons, incorporating much of his artistic practices in mentoring the inmates. Edwin has a strong passion for the visual arts, and has impacted and inspired many of his students.

Jalon Tan

Jalon Tan is a Visual Artist from Singapore whose flair for the arts sparked a series of works that reflect fondly on his childhood, where he developed an uninhibited affinity with animals along with the ones he grew up with.

Jalon self-funded his first solo exhibition in 2015. The body of work paid tribute and revealed the enigmatic personality of cats.

Jalon began teaching the craft of traditional drawing and painting from an art studio he founded in 2016. The art programmes crafted were inspired by his own experience as well as influences, which include his background in Chinese Ink Painting.

What started as ad-hoc, one-off workshops have now triumphed into a variety of programmes catering not only to recreational participants but also those who wish to adopt a more comprehensive approach to the craft. 

Jalon also experiments with unconventional mediums, producing conceptual pieces to installation art like the ones exhibited at the PAWsitive Exhibition (2017) for Wellness Pet Food,as well as his sculptural work commissioned for ASUS’s product launch exhibition, COLLISION: “Unleash Your Creative Power” (2018). He is no stranger when it comes to conveying messages that seek to ensnare the senses.

Koh Boon Huat Raphael Matthew

Raphael Koh is a renowned Fine Arts lecturer with over 20 years of Fine Art teaching experience and distinguished alumni of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). He has taught extensively in private studios and Lasalle College of the Arts for several years before joining NAFA’s teaching faculty in 2003. He specialises in teaching charcoal drawing, oil painting and Western Art.


Raphael is a three-time award recipient of The UOB Painting of The Year Competition. He received the Certificate of Commendation in 1991, Certificate of Distinction in 1992 and achieved First Prize for Abstract Medium Category in 1993. He was a recipient of the Certificate of Distinction in the Philippe Charriol Foundation Contemporary Art Competition 1993/1994. Raphael’s artworks have been featured in several local solo exhibitions and group exhibitions, including One Year After Graduation Group Exhibition at National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore.


Raphael was conferred a Distinction on his Degree in Fine Arts, by Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. He perceives art as an extension of life and considers realism as the most essential language for acquiring artistic skills.


Raphael has an unwavering commitment to transferring his passion for art to his students, many of whom have since developed themselves into award-winning artists locally and abroad.

Lim Li Yin Lynn

Lynn Lim is a local visual artist who expresses her artwork through mixed media of Chinese ink, colour pigments and acrylic on paper. Her artwork extends to painting and silkscreen on an assemblage of textiles with nature as the main subject matter, which she explores and interprets in all her works. She is an adjunct lecturer with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with 16 years of teaching experience in art and design.

Lynn was conferred a Bachelor of Art (Fashion Design) with Distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, before achieving a Distinction in Master of Arts Design for Textile Futures from Central St Martins, University of Arts London, UK. In 1990, she received the Outstanding Prize for the Ministry of Communication and Information Art Competition and the Highly Commended Award for UOB Painting of the Year.

Lynn continues to create a unique soul in each artworks to create that subtle and intimate connectedness with the viewer. To date, her works have been exhibited at White Space Art Asia Gallery, iPreciation Gallery, ION Art Gallery, Artsembly, Goodman Arts Centre, Utterly Art Gallery, Dahlia Gallery, Showcase Number Eight @ 8Q Art Museum, Affordable Art Fair in Singapore and Hongkong. Her artworks which often exude a sense of quietness and ethereal, have gained wide interest from local and foreign buyers.

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Muhammad Nhawfal Bin Juma'at

Nhawfal makes conceptual artworks, including paintings, photos and drawings. His works directly respond to the surrounding environment and use everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context.

With an attitude of a bricoleur, Nhawfal acknowledges the potentiality of space qua-object and expands it. The abstract visual language of his aesthetics uses shape, form, colour and lines to create a composition that may exist independently from visual references in this world.

Nhawfal has exhibited extensively in Singapore. In conjunction with 2018’s Singapore Art Week, he was part of a group of young artists that exhibited in RAID, held at Tiong Bahru’s Air Raid Shelter. Nhawfal was also the artist and co-curator for The Lucky Show (2018) and RUANG (2017), held at temporal spaces in Singapore. In 2017, he exhibited in South Korea as part of the 10th  Asian Students Young Artist Arts Festival and A Surreal Vision at Millepiani, Rome, represented by Loosen Art.

Priscilia Kheng Hui Ning

Priscilia Kheng graduated from Glasgow School of Art, U.K., in 2014 with a first-class honours degree in Painting and Printmaking. After graduation, Priscilia was offered the opportunity to be an Artist-in-Residence in Glasgow. She developed her art practice with an interest in painting within a contemporary art context. She has participated in several group exhibitions both locally and abroad. They include "After Printmaking" in Singapore, "Affordable Art Fair" in Hong Kong and "Phoenix Bursary Exhibition" in Glasgow, U.K.

Terence Tan Chee Wah

Terence Tan is a local artist specialising in contemporary ink painting.

He has over 25 years of art teaching experience with various educational establishments.

Terence obtained his Diploma in Fine Art from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 1990 and a Bachelor of Art (Design) with a major in Multimedia from Curtin University of Technology in 1997. He pursued his Master in Electronic Arts from Middlesex University in 2004. He learnt his art in Chinese ink painting from Singapore painter Tan Oe Pang.

He is also a multiple painting awards winner, participating in various competitions in Singapore and other countries. He has exhibited his works in art events such as Art Stage and Affordable Art Fair, as well as local and overseas galleries.

Course Information

Course Schedule
[July 2024 intake]
1 July – 27 October 2024

Choose one:
• Every Tuesday, 7pm – 10pm
• Every Wednesday, 9.30am – 12.30pm
• Every Saturday, 9.30am – 12.30pm

[January 2025 intake]
6 January – 4 May 2025

Choose one:
• Every Thursday, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
• Every Friday, 7pm – 10pm
• Every Sunday, 2pm – 5pm

Course schedules for July 2025 intake will be published in October 2024.

Course Fee
S$840.00 (After NSA Subsidy)

Course fee does not include materials required for this course

Application Fee

Aid Schemes
National Silver Academy
NTUC Union Training Assistance Programme
SkillsFuture Credit

Application Information
July 2024 / January 2025 intake
Applications are accepted from 1 May till 4 weeks before the course commences or when the course is full, whichever is earlier.

Customised Programmes

Transform and energise your organisation with us! Whether it is infographics or art therapy, we can work with your budget to create a programme that suits your needs.


Do you believe in the power of creativity to transform lives? You can make a difference by sponsoring art, design or media programmes for people in need. Your generosity will leave a lasting impact on the lives you touch and the art they create.

Get in touch with us at [email protected] to find out how you can create your own programmes today! 

Information for Learners

CLE Office is located at NAFA Campus 1, Tower Block (Level 9).

We are open from Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays).

Operating hours:
9.30am - 12.30pm; 2.00pm - 5.00pm.

Available Subsidies:
SkillsFuture Credit
*SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy Credits are not applicable for all courses offered by our Centre
National Silver Academy (NSA)
NTUC Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

For any enquiries or assistance, please contact us:
Email: [email protected]
Hotline: 6512 1388