Cathy Donovan

Watercolour and Sketching Workshops

Relax and enjoy!

Make art in Apollo Bay!

I live in Apollo Bay which is a remote coastal village on the Great Ocean Road, Australia.  I have been a watercolour painter for most of my life. 

My art celebrates the wild skies, beauty and moodiness of Australia’s coast, landscapes and birds in translucent and vivid colour.  I also create pastel and ink portraits, impressionistic collographs and work in other mediums such as oil painting.

My work has been exhibited in Victoria at the Meat Market Art Gallery, Gryphon Gallery and in exhibitions for the Diamond Valley Arts Society, Apollo Bay Arts Inc exhibitions and Birregurra Art Show amongst others. 

Cathy Donovan Apollo Bay Watercolour Artist and Workshop Teacher

Upcoming Workshops

Contemporary Watercolour Workshops with Cathy Donovan Apollo Bay Watercolour Artist



Booked out

Apollo Bay windy day with Cathy Donovan Watercolour Artist

Secrets to Sea and Sky


Booked out

Watercolour Workshops with Cathy Donovan Apollo Bay Watercolour Artist

Watercolour beginner techniques

17/01/2021 NEW!!

Pencils – Sketching the Bay


Central Australia plein air by Cathy Donovan Artist

Luminous Australian Landscapes


Apollo Bay windy day with Cathy Donovan Watercolour Artist

Secrets to Sea and Sky 


    Watercolour Gallery

    About Me

    Works in other mediums

    Apollo Bay

    Cathys Upcoming Workshops


Workshop Pricing

  • Upcoming sketching workshops are 5 hours and include materials.
  • Upcoming watercolour workshops are for 3 hours and include materials.
  • Workshops are for 4 people so as to be Covid safe.
  • If workshops fill then you can inquire about scheduling a private workshop for you and friends/family.  Cathy will be as flexible as possible about dates and times.

Happy Participants

“Cathy is an accomplished and experienced watercolour artist, and I’ve learnt so much about the medium, the tools, and the methods in a really friendly and supportive environment. I had a lot of fun, and have come away with a new appreciation and understanding of how to move forward with my own painting with this fabulous and versatile medium. I highly recommend Cathy’s workshops!”

Jo Dunsmuir

Brunswick, Victoria

“My partner and I,  total novices at painting,  attended a watercolour workshop held by Cathy Donovan. Cathy is a patient and inspirational teacher. She is generous with her time and knowledge. Apart from introducing us to the techniques of water colour painting, the knowledge she imparted also made subsequent gallery visits so much more fullfilling. I’d definitely recommend Cathy to novice and not so novice artists.”

Deb Bradfield

Apollo Bay, Victoria

“As a novice art student I attended a series of classes run by Cathy as an introduction to using watercolours. Cathy’s warm and supportive manner made the classes very enjoyable and relaxed for everyone. She provided expert tuition on painting techniques, advice on materials and also offered follow-up assistance if required. I recommend Cathy’s art lessons to anyone wanting instruction or support with their art practice.”


Apollo Bay, Victoria