Expressive Watercolour Class with Tony Walker

What to Bring

  • Paper – a pad, watercolour block or loose sheets of cold pressed
  • Paints – preferably tubes rather than pans – student grade is ok for starters
  • Palette – A plastic palette about 300mm square that has a fitting lid and about 12 deep wells and a mixing area
  • Masking tape, soft (4b) pencils, plastic water container (e.g. honey pot), old towel, tissues, plastic spray bottle
  • A board to paint on a bit bigger than your paper size
  • A small simple table easel (one that goes down to about 20 degrees)
  • Brushes –1 medium squirrel hair ‘mop’ brush, a small ‘mottler’ (square) brush and 1 fine liner brush

What to Wear

  • Casual (Warning: It might get messy)

Appropriate For

  • For those new to the watercolour art or more advanced students.

Expressive Watercolour Class with Tony Walker

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Duration: 3 Hours

What You Will Learn

  • Discover a refreshing approach to the fundamentals and subtleties of the medium.
  • Learn Creative techniques, ideas and approaches and the ability to explore different types of subject matter.
  • Enhance your range of skills, whether you are very new to the watercolour art or more advanced.

What You Get

  • Plenty of individual attention
  • Video screen displays of demonstration artwork and the painting subject, to enhance communication

Description

Whether you are very new to the watercolour art or more advanced, Tony Walker’s workshops are a refreshing approach to the fundamentals and subtleties of the medium. They open the way to creative techniques, ideas and approaches and the ability to explore different types of subject matter. This workshop will provide plenty of individual attention for participants, and communication is enhanced by having a video screen display of Tony’s demonstration artwork and a second screen displaying the painting subject with easy staging of demonstration. 

The aim is to enhance the range of skills,  for example techniques of washes and brushwork, wet-in-wet effect, lost and found edges, tonal values - darks to white paper, creative composition, colour theory, mixing on paper, and drawing. There is guidance regarding pigments, palette, brushes, paper and equipment.

Materials List: 

To get best value for your time, proper materials are important. Bring a reputable brand watercolour paper and watercolour brushes. Different types and qualities of paper and brushes will be discussed. Below are some basic items as a starting kit.

  • Paper – a pad, watercolour block or loose sheets of cold pressed (medium texture) watercolour paper about A4 size, e.g. Arches, Saunders, Canson. Weight 190gsm is ok, or 300gsm. Cartridge paper is not good enough.
  • A board to paint on a bit bigger than your paper size. Thin (3 to 5mm) ply – not Masonite, particle board or plastic etc. (Thin ply is best because ideal for stretching by stapling.)
  • A small simple table easel (one that goes down to about 20 degrees, not the steep type) or a small block of wood or similar to tilt the board to about 20 to 30 degrees slope, or else or a full height easel if you prefer to stand.
  • Paints – preferably tubes rather than pans – student grade is ok for starters. To begin with, you only need the primaries cadmium red, cobalt blue and cadmium yellow as a minimum, but preferably also bring ultramarine, alizarin and burnt sienna. We will talk about other colours to add to the palette and will review colour theory and pigment brands etc.
  • Palette – A plastic palette about 300mm square that has a fitting lid and about 12 deep wells and a mixing area.
  • Brushes –1 medium squirrel hair ‘mop’ brush (also called ‘quill’ brush, a small ‘mottler’ (square) brush and 1 fine liner brush.
  • Masking tape, soft (4b) pencils, plastic water container (e.g. honey pot), old towel, tissues, plastic spray bottle

Workshops with Tony are an enjoyable way to explore techniques for free and expressive painting. Tony Walker’s artwork ranges across cultural divides and through urban and remote spaces. He has had many solo exhibitions and has tutored at various art societies and other venues in Australia and overseas

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W
Jan 2017

Although I expected more of the class I still enjoyed it. Tony's approach to watercolour is relaxed and the big screen demonstration is easy to follow.

k
Jan 2017

I learnt how to work a 'wet edge' and the importance of using good quality paper, Great value for money.