It’s officially fall. Time to learn something new – like how to paint with watercolours!
I have two sets of classes coming up: One set is in Tillsonburg, at the Station Arts Centre. It is on Thursday afternoons, from 1 – 3 pm, starting October 11 and running for six weeks. The fee is $60 for members and $70 for non-members. The other is at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre. It is on Tuesday mornings, 10 am – 12:30 pm, beginning October 9 and running for six weeks. This class is for ICAC members only, and costs $75.
New painters in watercolour as well as those who have some experience with the medium will be given instruction to help them master it. Emphasis will be on basic and useful techniques as well as principles and elements of design. Special properties of watercolours will be explored, we will progress to more advanced techniques, and you will learn to use them to your advantage to express your own art ideas.
Most of the frustrations people have expressed about watercolour are attributable to problems with the paper. 140 lb cold press is a good starting point but the weight and press of the paper are not as important as the overall quality, so I recommend brands like Arches, Lanaquarelle, Winsor & Newton, and Fabriano to start with. Get the 22×30″ sheets, and cut or fold and tear to size. Brushes should be silky soft, not coarse, and should have a fair amount of spring to them. Transparent plastic handles are nice, because they don’t swell up and shed their outer coating of paint when you accidentally leave them in the water (you shouldn’t do that, but you will!). My favourite brands of paint are: Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, and Schminke. I also like Holbein. You don’t need a whole bunch of colours. A nice lemony looking yellow, a pinkish or purplish red (rather than an orangish red) and an ultramarine blue are a great way to start. You won’t be needing white. Or black, for that matter. If you want something dark, get a sepia and a pthalo (Hooker’s) green.
I hope you will consider taking my classes!