In this 6-week course, students will familiarise themselves with watercolour, develop their technical skills, and learn painting methods that will enable them to approach their own watercolour paintings with knowledge and confidence.
During the start of the course we will cover the basics of watercolour, delve into colour theory, and experiment with various painting techniques.
Contemporary and traditional warm-up activities will be used throughout the course. Each of these warm-up activities helps to develop a particular skill, such as: depth and perspective, masking and layering, light and shadow, planning a painting, and representational drawing/painting.
As the course progresses, students will be encouraged to come to class with their own projects or ideas to work on and explore.
Throughout the term, we will study and discuss the work of contemporary artist models that are utilising watercolour in an interesting way.
Watercolour Artist and Tutor Kohl Tyler Dunshea
Kohl is a practicing artist who recently moved to Melbourne from Auckland, New Zealand. She received her BFA from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. Kohl works with a variety of mediums, ranging from interactive living installations comprised of plants, to photography and watercolour paintings. The content of her work often falls within the purview of ecology, globalism and relational aesthetics. Kohl’s installation Offerings was the first place recipient of the 2017 Estuary Art and Ecology Awards held at Auckland’s Malcolm Smith gallery. She also recently collaborated with footwear company Merchant1948 and produced Kohl for Isabella Anselmi, her own line of shoes which showcases exclusive watercolour textile designs. Kohl’s work has been featured in Viva, The Sunday Magazine, Eyecontact, The Kaipara Lifestyler and also fashion Quarterly.
Recent solo exhibition: Purlieus, Skinroom Gallery, Hamilton. Group exhibitions: Estuary Art and Ecology Prize, Malcolm Smith Gallery, Auckland; Art of Giving, Bayleys House, Auckland; Paperhouse, Alberton Heritage Building, Auckland.
Please bring to your first class the following materials:
-Craft Knife or scissors
-Set of Watercolour paints, either pans or tubes are fine.
-Watercolour Brushes: A range of different sizes, some round and some flat. Make sure you have one flat brush that is at least 2cm wide and one small size zero round brush.
-Pallet with a few separate wells (Small ramekins work well).
-Watercolour paper (an A3 pad would work well).
-Foam board to stretch paper on and to lean on.
Other Materials may be required or recommended for subsequent sessions.
Notification of a class cancellation will be advised 48 hours prior to the course commencement date. We advise to purchase your materials once you have received email confirmation that your class is proceeding as scheduled. All efforts are made to ensure that our classes proceed to avoid disappointment.