When I started teaching watercolours, I realised I had to use the same approach that I use when I teach drawing – take it step by step, showing people the potential mistakes one at a time so that they understand how to correct them.
“Where do you start?” “What do you leave out?” “How do you avoid muddy colours?” “How do you get gum tree greens?” “What makes a good composition?” “What are the best materials to use?” “Should you draw it all in pencil first?” “How do you paint people and trees?”
When we try out a new medium, we often start with all these questions at once. My workshops aim to answer these questions one by one, so you can build up confidence in your medium before you jump in at the deep end and attempt a finished masterpiece.
The next watercolour workshop, Sketching in Watercolour, will be at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery on July 11, from 10am to 3pm. You’ll need to contact the Gallery to book for this workshop.
Bring any watercolour materials you have, try out the inexpensive samples during the workshop, and you will soon be much more confident about choosing and using the tools that really work for you.