Tutor Karen Lester | Fee £63 | 5 weeks
Combine drawing materials with your watercolour painting to discover further possibilities with this wonderful medium. Add definition, highlights and depth using pastel, ink or graphite as well as exploring water soluble drawing media, with reference to still life in the class room and landscape photographs.
Some experience with watercolour painting would be an advantage. This course is for those who are looking to develop a mixed media approach in their work and are happy to experiment
What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
Explore the qualities of a range of drawing media working into wet watercolour and also dried watercolour. Using a range of references, working from photos and some still life in the class room experiment with –
• Water soluble blocks or crayons for linear and area colour
• Pastel for highlights, texture and working into negative spaces for definition
• Pencil, graphite, charcoal or drawing ink for definition and linear detail
• Combination materials
The emphasis is very much on practical individual experience with tutor led demonstrations, discussion, example work and handouts which will support and guide you throughout.
What do I need to bring with me?
Watercolour paints, watercolour paper and drawing materials
Watercolour Paints – Pans or tubes. Tubes are recommended for creating large washes.
Brushes- Watercolour round and flat brushes in small, medium and large sizes. Suggested large sizes for washes – 14 upwards.
Paper – Sheets of watercolour paper (A3 minimum size recommended) or watercolour pads, textured surface (labelled ‘Not’ or cold pressed), ideally 200lb minimum weight
Other – Big water pots x 2– yoghurt pots are good !
Kitchen roll or cloths
Large plastic palette tray or old saucers/plates to mix paints
Drawing Materials – pencils (soft B range) other suggested drawing materials -charcoal, drawing pen
Watersoluble Drawing materials–blocks or crayons (Inktense are a good brand)
Pastels – soft chalky pastels in a small set of colours including whites and cream or other light colours
At the first session we will be painting landscapes using pastels for lights and colour detail so please bring pastels along with watercolour paints and paper.
Your tutor will discuss other materials in more detail at the first session.
Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.
Are there any additional costs?
About the tutor
Karen enjoys working with a range of painting and drawing media, including printmaking, sometimes combining these to create mixed media images. Each type of medium brings its own exciting possibilities and unique qualities, something she continually explores.
Her interest in Printmaking developed at Kendal College whilst completing a Foundation Degree in Drawing with the University of Cumbria.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Cumbria and Lancashire over the last 25 years and she has been involved with projects including Printfest and C-Art and runs occasional print workshops for the National Trust at Allan Bank, Grasmere as well as for private groups.
Karen is an experienced qualified teacher and has been teaching in the adult education sector since 2011.
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