The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate to beginning artists a simple but effective approach to painting our rural landscapes! Rex says "I find it very exciting to work with beginning painters who may be unsure of their ability. By breaking paintings down into simple, fun and easy-to-master steps they are able to progress very quickly. They discover that they actually have a great deal of talent and they can experience the joy of creating lovely paintings. It’s surprisingly easy."
In this workshop you will learn:
How to create an exciting centre of interest with natural elements
How to create a strong composition and to use value and colour to direct the viewer’s eye to your centre of interest.
You will also learn simple and fun ways to create a colourful, exciting and most importantly, an interesting paintings that tell a story.
The workshop is structured for beginners so that no fancy drawing or painting skills are required!
''Rex is a wonderful teacher. He has a system that we can follow. He can articulate the what's and why's. He gave lots of hints, tips, and helpful feedback.''
Audience: This workshop is both for beginners who have never touched a paint brush or for those who have dabbled a little bit in paint. Intermediate level artist will also enjoy this workshop for a fresh view on watercolour!
Supplies: The Supply List:
1) Paint To get started in watercolour you need only a few basic colours.Rex recommends:
Cadmium yellow or Hansa Yellow
Cadmium Red Light
Cadmium Orange or Azo Orange
Dioxazine Purple or Mineral Violet
2) Brushes We will be using primarily round brushes. A large natural hair round brush such as #12 and a smaller round such as #6 or #8. Rigger Brush
3) Palette (or supplied by LAC to use for workshop)
4) Paper Any handmade paper such as Arches or Winsor & Newton will work fine. Rex uses rough though cold press will work just as well. Single sheets will be the most useful so you can cut the paper to different sizes.
Sizes For this workshop you will need a few sheets of paper. Rex likes to do small practices to teach specific points. For these little practices you should have a number of small pieces of watercolour paper (something like 8 x 10 or smaller). For the full painting sheets 9 x 12 or 12 x 16 will do.
5) Board A board or hard surface to tape the paper to (such as a piece of plywood, paneling or Masonite) Or borrowed from LAC.
6) Extras (or supplied by LAC to use for workshop)
Toothbrush (an excellent tool for removing paint)
Optional: simple ideas or sketches for a painting might be helpful to some, but we will have class time -and a beautiful rural setting- to develop ideas.
Bring a bagged lunch for each day and a water bottle (coffee and tea will be available)
Registration cost: $195 plus GST & Eventbrite Fees*
* or register by phone: 403-931-3633, Tues-Sat, 10 am – 4 pm to avoid Eventbrite fees
Swinton Art Supplies is offering a 10% for supplies related to this workshop! You will need to show proof of registration to the workshop to receive the discount.
Registration closes on Thur Oct. 3rd, 2019 at 9 PM
Did you know that Members of the Leighton Art Centre, get 10% off the registration cost of all workshops and kids’ summer camps? Visit our website to find out more about our memberships.
Artist / Instructor / Guide
I started painting in watercolour as a young child and I’ve just never outgrown it. Something in that mysterious interaction between water and pigment continues to challenge and inspire me.
I am attracted to all subjects especially landscapes and cities. I like paintings that are colourful, exciting and most importantly paintings that tell a story.
I find it very exciting to work with beginning painters who may be unsure of their ability. By breaking paintings down into simple, fun and easy-to-master steps they are able to progress very quickly. They discover that they actually have a great deal of talent and they can experience the joy of creating lovely paintins. It’s surprisingly easy.
As a retired public school teacher I’m extremely excited to help people discover their true talent.
If you have any questions please email me firstname.lastname@example.org