Tuesdays, October 10 – November 28, 2023
6:30pm – 9:00pm
This workshop is about essential watercolour techniques necessary to a successful painting.
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 registered.
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.
Tom Ward was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1959. He has a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from Dalhousie University as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Art Education from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After graduating in 1991 Tom worked in the Halifax school system as a teacher of art 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 in Lunenburg, and are in private collections internationally. His solo shows have sold out on numerous occasions.