Mike Kowalski has been drawing and painting since he can remember. Growing up in California as one of five boys, if he wasn’t building a wooden spaceship he was probably drawing. He started entering shows as a teen and eventually earned a BFA from Utah State University. Mike lived in California and Washington in the USA for many years and now lives in Melbourne, Australia. Mike still works as an illustrator specializing in architectural illustration, however spends most of his time painting internationally award winning watercolors and oils, as well as teaching workshops in Australia and the U.S. In 2015 Mike won the coveted Silver Medal of Honor at the 148th AWS International Exhibition in New York.

Capturing the essence of the figure in watercolour is challenging. The best watercolours, to me are confident and direct, with a bold use of color. Learning to see and identify color and it’s temperature will make our job a bit easier. We will spend some time constructing a solid figure drawing working on simplifying form. The addition of clothing will add some colour punch and drawing challenges. Learning to mix good colour, playing with dramatic lighting and interesting poses should make a pleasurable experience with watercolour.


Class commences Tuesday, 14 February, and runs for three further consecutive Tuesday sessions till 7 March, times 10 AM till 1 PM.
Venue: HAS studio, Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn 3122
Cost for members, $200
Cost for non-members $250

Enrolment via HAS, EFT preferred: Commonwealth Bank, Glenferrie
BSB-063 138 Acct 00901737 reference: your intials/surname-MIKE
Or cheque, similarly identified, to Hawthorn Artists Society PO Box 37,  Hawthorn 3122
Electronic transfers: email a copy to
Payments by cheque: attach a note with your email/postal address
Note: class size is strictly limited to 10 persons