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.
Currently, we have no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
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.
Eleni Rivers is a professional artist who has been teaching painting and drawing for over 25 years. She completed her MFA at JFK University in Berkeley, California in addition to holding several art degrees from colleges in Australia.
Eleni's paintings, drawings and illustrations have been exhibited and published in many countries and are held in collections both here and the US.
Now based in Melbourne, Eleni continues her journey in paint on themes of nature, family and belonging within the Australian landscape.
You can see examples of Eleni's work at www.elenirivers.com
Please bring materials you may already have. Aside from paper (required), the following are suggestions only:
Two individual sheets of watercolour paper with a weight of 300gsm. The heavier the paper, the less likely you will have to deal with the warpage of the damp paper while painting. Suggest Arches watercolour, medium surface.
OR use any watercolour pad e.g. Arches watercolour, A3 size, medium surface, 300gsm
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. Can purchase online – see link below. *
Primary colours required = Cadmium Yellow hue, Cadmium red hue, Cobalt Blue hue, andPermanent rose 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 Art Spectrum, Windsor & Newton, Schminke, Daniel Smith…
• One round watercolour synthetic Size #12 e.g. Roymac Achiever, Nam white Taklon, or Golden
• One soft, round wash brush for washes, such as Jasart 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.
Lead pencil 2B and a kneaded eraser
White plastic palette with large, round, deep areas for paint, slanted areas and preferably with a lid e.g. Large – FOLPAL4 AB Folding Palette (see www.artstoreonline.com.au)
Two plastic water containers Soft rags or paper towel Masking tape
Firm board, approx. 45 x 32cm (strong cardboard or foam core would suffice – slighly larger than A3)
Colour pencils; crayons; masking medium; hair dryer; pencil sharpener or blade; scissors;
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 and where you shop. Online stores are often cheaper e.g. www.artstoreonline.com.au
* Art Prism Watercolours are only $5.80 a tube compared to $8 or more of a tube of similar quality elsewhere.
* For a real store with real people, I highly recommend Senior Art Supplies: 21 Degraves St, Melbourne, ph. 9639 6662. Not open Sunday. You are eligible for a 10% discount with class receipt. Make sure to get there no later than 4pm on Saturdays. Helpful staff!
For the experienced water-colourist, as well as the less experienced person keen to move to the next level.