Achieving Realism in Watercolour



Tom Ward
Tuesdays, October 5 – November 30, 2021
6:30pm – 9:00pm

With respect to Provincial guidelines, our School will require students to provide proof of full vaccination (two doses) effective October 4th. To learn more please read our “Covid-19 Pandemic Protocols


This workshop is about how we may achieve greater realism in our watercolour paintings.

Important concepts that help the artist understand how to render three dimensional space on a two dimensional surface will be emphasized. Concepts such as composition, light and value, colour, scale, etc., all contribute to making a painting mirror real space. Effective use of artist materials will also be addressed. Paintings will be demonstrated along with group and individual discussion.

All levels are encouraged to register.

Students should bring:

  • Watercolour brushes: minimum one large mop brush 1” or larger, two round brush #6 or similar, and #10 or larger, one stiff fan brush about 1” wide, and an angle brush about ½” of wider, a fan brush with stiff bristles. Any other brushes you may already have.
  • Watercolour paper: artist quality if possible (artist grade is 100% cotton), 4 sheets 22” x 30” to cut up. FYI, Tom uses 140lb cold press paper.
  • Watercolour paint: artist quality if possible, one each – red, yellow, blue and dark brown at a minimum. FYI, Tom’s palette includes cadmium yellow, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, cerulean blue, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber, paynes grey, sepia, and titanium white.
  • Watercolour palette, water container and easel.
  • Pencil, sharpener, and eraser.
  • OPTIONAL: chair, sunscreen, sponges, paper towel and any mediums such as masking fluid. Be prepared to work outdoors.


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Tom Ward

Tom Ward was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1959. He has a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from Dalhousie University as well as degrees in Fine Arts and Education from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After graduating in 1991 Tom worked as a teacher for a year. In 1993 Tom decided to devote himself to painting full time in watercolour.

His landscape paintings depict the landforms and coastal environments of Nova Scotia with its ever-changing maritime light. Tom’s paintings may be seen at the Peer Gallery and are in private collections internationally. His solo shows have sold out on numerous occasions.


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