Teaching and Publications

Tony Smibert regularly shares his extensive knowledge of painting through masterclasses, workshops, books and other publications.

Courses and Masterclasses with Tony Smibert

Tony offers seasonal tutorials, seminars and art classes. In recent times these have included professional development seminars, lectures, workshops and masterclasses at museums including Tate Britain, The National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Art Gallery of South Australia, art societies and other groups. He also puts aside a few weeks in each year to offer private masterclass tutorials for individuals at our Deloraine studio.  For more information about any of these, please  contact Tony or Carmel c/o 

Watercolour Courses in Tasmania

Mountford Granary Art School in Tasmania, has been organised by the Smibert and Mackinnon families since 1990  during autumn of each year, attracting artists from around the world to intensive courses catering to everyone from complete beginners at painting right through to seasoned art professionals. 

Located on on an historic farm and listed with the National Estate, Mountford Granary (1850) has four levels, two of which have been modified - but only slightly - to allow for establishment of work spaces that remain inspirational. It offers the chance to step back in time and enjoy a unique experience: heritage, hospitality and intensive art instruction from a world-class tutor.


The Granary Art School was established  to  offer intensive watercolour courses that aim to be among the best in the world. It has since become well-known to professional and aspiring artists from all over Australia and overseas, profiled in countless magazine articles, featured on television and used as the setting for a series of best-selling art videos. It also won Tasmania's inaugural cultural tourism award.

Mountford  courses are mostly in watercolour, alongside occasional courses, seminars, workshops and tutorials in other media. The Mountford studios are also available for hire by visiting art groups, individual painters and others looking for a unique and stimulating venue. Mountford courses are held on a year-by-year basis depending upon Tony's availability.  They are inclined to book out early, so please contact Hugh Mackinnon as soon as possible if interested (see below).

Sadly our two courses in April 2020 are cancelled due to the Covid-19 Crisis. 

For information on future courses please contact Hugh and Anne Mackinnon 


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Research and Publications



Books that Tony Smibert has authored or contributed to:

  • The Art of Tony Smibert   (Studio Editions Australia)

  • Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination  (Australian Artist Publishing)

  • How to Paint Like Turner (by Nicola Moorby and Ian Warrell; Tate Publishing)

  • Tate Watercolour Manual: Lessons From the Great Masters (with Joyce Townsend; Tate Publishing)

  • How Turner Painted (by Joyce Townsend, Thames & Hudson)

  • Turner’s Apprentice: A Watercolour Masterclass (Thames & Hudson)


These books are currently available in many art museum bookshops, leading booksellers and online.

Most recently published:

Books now in preparation:

  • Art From Aikido


Book now in preparation:

  • Art From Aikido

Tony Smibert has also been featured in, or written for, publications including International Artist, Craft Arts International, Australian Artist and Australian Art Review.

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