Plein Air Watercolour Painting



Tom Ward
Monday to Friday , August 15 – August 19, 2022
10:00am – 4:00pm

This course is about painting watercolour landscapes on site. There are some wonderful areas around Lunenburg which are terrific places for marine landscapes. Our five days of classes will address the challenges of colour, value, and composition while painting outdoors. Classroom time will be devoted to completing work started on site. This course includes painting demonstrations by Tom, and one-on-one instruction.

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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