ONSITE A Riot of Roses in Watercolour - Thur 8th June 2023
Tutor Nicky Hunter
10am - 4pm
Lunch & afternoon tea provided
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This one-day, onsite workshop is suitable for all abilities except absolute beginner (some experience, even if it is just a little bit will be beneficial) There will be a mixture of ongoing demonstrating and one-to-one attention, thereby enabling everyone to work to the best of their ability and develop their watercolour skills whether their level whatever their level
Create expressive and lively watercolour paintings of roses capturing their beauty, transparency and soft edges. During the workshop you will learn lots of tips and techniques on how to improve your watercolour skills and understanding of this tricky but enchanting medium. The techniques shown on this workshop are not just limited to flora, you will take away inspiration and methods transferable to to bring vive to other subjects you may wish to paint in watercolour.
Skills & Techniques Covered
- How to keep your colours vibrant and lustrous
- Loosen up your artworks using simplified compositions
- Apply lively sparkling brushwork in direct painting and wet into wet methods.
Materials are not included in the booking fee.
Students Please Bring
Please bring your own watercolour kit which should consist of the following items
- Any brand is OK but academy, or student quality to be avoided. Tube paints are preferable over skechers pan sets.
- A medium and large round or mop style squirrel or sable
- A small and medium pointed round brush - synthetic
- Small detailer brush
- Rough or Not surface paper is required 140 1b weight
- I use Saunders Waterford Rough High White (Cotton Rag). Any good quality brand such as Fabriano, Bockingford, Arches or Langton is fine.
- Size - minimum 1/4 imperial ( A3) but some sheets of half imperial are good to help you scale up your work and experiment with different formats too.
palette, drawing board, kitchen roll, pencil, rubber, masking tape or framing tape
A Warm and a cool shade of each primary and an earth tone is good to have in any watercolour palette. We will use the following, although the list is a guide and not exact, we can work with other guest colours and whatever you have in your palate. Tube paints are preferable to pans to work large, loose and fluidly
- Lemon yellow or transparent yellow (cool)
- Raw Sienna ( warm)
- Cobalt blue (cool)
- Ultramarine blue ( warm)
- Burnt Umber (warm)
- Cerulean blue or turquoise (warm)
- Vermillion Red (warm)
- Windsor red, Pyroll or permanent red ( primary)
- Permanent Rose ( warm)
- Dioxazine Purple or permanent mauve ( cool)
- Turquoise ( warm)
- Neutrals - helpful on occasion but not essential
- Lamp Black
- China White
If you attend this day and wish to really hone your rose painting skills join Nicky for a 2nd day of painting on Friday 9th June to create expressive floral artworks in a simple contemporary vase setting abundant with mixed flowers - which will include roses.
You will work from high quality photos and possibly some silk flowers for inspiration provided by the tutor.
We advise that you do not buy any materials required for a course more than two weeks in advance, because occasionally a course is cancelled due to low enrolment.