This course is suitable for the experienced water-colourist, as well as those with basic skills, keen to move to the next level. The focus will be to develop confidence in different styles, ranging from traditional to abstract to expressive; explore abstract from nature using mixed media; reflections in water, clouds, close up nature and scenes; working from own sketches, photographs or reference material and following inspiration from a mix of sources including photos, imagination and music.
This course is for those keen to move to the next level. The focus will be to develop confidence in different styles, ranging from traditional to abstract to expressive; explore abstract from nature using mixed media; reflections in water, clouds, close up nature and scenes; working from own sketches, photographs or reference material and following inspiration from a mix of sources including photos, imagination and music.
Each class will focus on a theme and will progress week by week. Individual tuition and advice will be given as challenges arise in areas such as composition, tonal relationships, the laying of washes, etc.
The idea is to learn to let go and be free with this fascinating medium. It is the unexpected things that happen that can give a painting life. Make mistakes and love them. Enjoy the wonderfully unpredictable things that can happen in watercolour and to incorporate this as part of the whole grand plan for your work.
This is an inspiring workshop for all levels.
Please bring materials you may already have.
Four individual sheets of watercolour paper with a weight of 300gsm. The heavier the paper, the less likely you will have to deal with the warp-age of the damp paper while painting. Suggest Arches watercolour, medium surface. You need only bring one sheet to the first class. OR use any watercolour pad e.g. Arches watercolour, A3 size, medium surface, 300gsm
- Watercolour Paints
Do not buy cheap watercolour sets – the results will be disappointing! Artist quality are always the best however, if concerned about cost, I suggest the following:
- 8ml tubes – Art Prism Watercolours made by the Australian company, Art Spectrum, at only $5.85 per tube. Can purchase online – see link below.
- Primary colours required = Cadmium Yellow hue, Cadmium red hue, Cobalt Blue hue, Rose Madder hue
- Optional: other suggested colours include Phthalo Blue, Hookers Green Permanent, Raw Sienna Hue (Light) OR Sepia . Please bring any colours you already have.
- Good quality brands include Windsor & Newton, Schminke, Daniel smith, Art Spectrum.
- One round Watercolour synthetic Size #12 e.g. Roymac Achiever, Nam white Taklon, or Golden
- One soft, round wash brush for washes, such as Black Goat Hair Mop 3/4 OR Squirrel 389
- Plus your own choice of other watercolour brushes as long as they are not smaller than size 8 round or 1/2” flat.
- Drawing Materials – 2B lead pencil and a kneaded eraser
- White plastic palette with large, round, deep areas for paint, slanted areas and preferably with a lid
- Two large plastic water containers
- Soft rags
- Masking tape
- Firm board (e.g. ply) approx. 45 x 32cm (strong cardboard or foam core would suffice)
- Colour pencils
- Masking medium
- Hair dryer
- Pencil sharpener or blade
- Notebook and pen
- Folder and/or plastic bag to transport paper
- Any other paint colours etc
Total cost approx. $110 – 150 depending on the quality you invest in and what you already own.
Shop around. Online stores are often cheaper. Some suggested retail stores include:
For the experienced water-colourist, as well as the less experienced person keen to move to the next level.