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Christine Porter creates artwork about shearing sheds, but her watercolour classes are about how to use this medium for any subject matter – landscape, still life, portraiture, journaling.
For many people watercolour is a mystery and far too complicated. This workshop will demystify and simplify this truly exciting medium. We explain the similarities and differences between watercolour and opaque painting media. We’ll look at tools, materials and techniques. Some are peculiar to watercolour, some cross over. Clue: they are more similar than you’d imagine, given the hype.
Suits any painter, but will be specifically aimed at artists (experienced and beginner) who work in other media such as acrylic, oil, egg tempera, gouache, printmaking or other opaque media – or indeed, any other media.
These artists may or may not go on to work with watercolour, but the day will give them enough information to use it comfortably. For artists already using watercolour, the information will complement other teachers’ information.
We’ll do a series of short activities that will be bound into an artist made studio resource book. I provide all the materials so you get a crash course in those too. We’ll create a small finished artwork in the day, but the emphasis will be on gathering information for artists to go back to their studios with.
Christine Porter is a prize winning professional artist whose full time practice takes her across Australia’s heartland. She tells visual stories about rural Australia, concentrating on images of the sheep and wool industries. She is a painter, printmaker, teacher and writer. Her artwork has received more than 200 awards in the last 30 years, with her artwork included in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia as well as other public, corporate and private collections worldwide. Her most recent exhibition was at The New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale. A recent Radio National interview can be heard here. https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-art-show/shearing-package/10803204
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Participants need to bring
old white towel (which will get dirty)
wide mouth water jar
an old house brick or book the size of a brick. If you’d like to wrap it in newspaper to keep desk clean that’s fine.
– If you have none, just turn up. Don’t buy any tools or materials before the class. I’ll have enough for the weekend, and will have suggestions for purchase afterwards.
– If you have your own palette, paints, brushes, bring them. We’ll have time to do a quick audit of your stash. You can use your own gear or mine. I don’t mind. Often people prefer to use their own brushes and palettes.
– If you use a small table easel bring that. Otherwise we’ll use the desk edge, which is all I use at home.
must wear closed in shoes. compulsory.
The paints we use aren’t staining, but suggest wearing clothes that might get dirty
Drink bottle – no coffee/tea at the desk. If you can’t do without it while you’re working, bring a closed in keep-cup to use at your table.
The workshop is suitable for breastfeeding or pregnant women, as the materials we use are non-toxic, however it is not a safe place for small children or babies.