Workshops -Winter to Spring 2018

February 15, 2018 Archives, News, Workshops

Workshops – Winter to Spring 2018  

Check out the workshops below to see if there are any that might interest you or your friends.
Please note that all workshops will be in watercolour and drawing. While I sometimes offer workshops in print making (monotype and linocuts), these aren’t offered during this winter.

Although I love painting many subjects, classes in this block of time relate to plants and nature. My own focus this year is the native plants of our province, so in keeping with that , other wonderful topics won’t pop up in my workshop listings for now.

If anything else gets added, I’ll add a post right away. Check out my website ( ) occasionally to hear or see new images or events.

If you have any questions or would like to register for a workshop, please email me at or call at (709)753-2643 and leave a voice message.

More details will be sent to to those who are registered but anyone who has a question about a workshop please contact me at .

#1. Simplifying Watercolour – An Introduction
Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 PM
Location: St. John’s studio
Cost: $90 + HST ( Total $103.50) *
Level: Introductory 

Description: Come and bring a friend for a day of fun with watercolours!
This workshop is designed for those who have had little or no experience with painting or for those who have painted in another medium and want to check out the possibilities of watercolours. It will focus on the materials and tools which will contribute to your success and then follow with demonstrations of tools & techniques, followed by giving you time to practise each one and enjoy this wonderful medium. It’s easier than you think!
All workshop materials will be supplied but, if you already have some supplies, please bring them along. This is a good time to check their performance.

* All materials included in the registration fee for this workshop

#2. Colour Mixing – Getting the Colours You Want
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: St. John’s studio
Cost: $55 + HST (Total $63.25)
Level: Beyond Basics*

Description: This is a time to play with colour as you learn the basics and beyond in watercolours. There will be lots of direction to help you get the most from the 3 hours. Learn the basics of colour and colour mixing and how to get dozens and dozens of colours from a limited palette. Learn how to adjust Hue, Value and Saturation and why all of this is important in a painting. There will be demonstrations and charts ready for your application of paint.

Paper (140-pound Arches or comparable) will be included in this workshop. If your own palette is not set up, you may use the class palettes I have available. Feel free to bring along any watercolour paints you have on hand. If you are considering purchasing watercolour paints, I would recommend doing your shopping AFTER this workshop. Not all paints are created equal.

* Beyond Basics Level means that the participants need to have previously done some basic work in watercolour or in another paint medium.

# 3. Introduction to Drawing – Subject is “Flowers of Different Forms”*
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: St. John’s studio
Cost: $50 + HST (Total $ 57.50)
Level: Can accommodate various levels

Description: No need to know how to draw a straight line! This workshop is an introduction to drawing various flower/blossom forms. There are NO straight lines! It will allow you to see how to approach blooms so that the drawing and any later painting of it will be an enjoyable time of getting acquainted with your subject. Loose and more detailed approaches will be presented.

*Drawing tools will be supplied. More details to registered participants.

#4. Floral Painting in Watercolour
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: St. John’s studio
Cost: $50 + HST (Total $ 57.50 )
Level: Beyond Basics*

Description: One particular type/form of blossom (Bowl/Cup Shape) will be the subject. Samples will be presented in a variety of styles from very loose to realistic to traditional botanical. The afternoon will involve representing this bloom in one or several styles of painting. There will be a demonstration and plenty of one-on-one guidance.
* Participants will need to have had some previous experience in painting in watercolour

* #5. Introduction to Drawing & Floral Painting (combination of #3 & #4)
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (all day)
Location: St. John’s studio
Cost: $90 + HST (Total $ 103.50) *

#6. Traditional Botanical Painting – Creating Form*
Date: Monday, March 12, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: St. John’s Studio

Description: This worktop will involve demonstrations and assistance on creating more form in elements in a botanical painting in progress or one at the starting stage. Emphasis will be on the following: twists & turns of petals or leaves, lighted and shaded areas, fullness and depth of stems/ branches/ cones, etc..
Bring all necessary supplies.

Further details will be sent to registrants.

* This workshop is available ONLY to Members of the Botanical Art Society of Newfoundland & Labrador unless spaces are still available a week before March 12.

#7. Traditional Botanical Painting – Fine Tuning A Painting*
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Date: Monday, March 26, 2018
Location: St. John’s Studio

Description: This workshop is designed to help those already working on a botanical painting to get closer to the goals of completing a botanical painting which is (1) artistically pleasing while (2) presenting enough accurate information/details to characterize the specific plant. I will present a check list which we will work through and which can be a guide for future botanical painting. Maybe some other points can be added before the workshop has completed.

Further details will be sent to registrants.

* This workshop is available ONLY to Members of the Botanical Art Society of Newfoundland & Labrador unless spaces are still available a week before March 26.


#8. Pop-up Garden Workshops: Spring Tulips in Glorious Colours!
Time: Details closer to the date
Date: Part of one day between May 28 – June 1
Location: East End, St. John’s, Garden
Cost: Detail closer to spring

Description: Paint beautiful tulips during the last week of May – the week of May 28 to June 1. Join me amidst spring blossoms in a lovely East End St. John’s garden. The actual date, because it needs to be weather dependant, will be advertised on May 24th. If you are interested, please check out my Mini-Newsletter posting on or before May 24th. Maximum of 10. Details later.

#9. Pop-up Garden Workshops: Backyard Beauty!
Time: To be announced                                                                                 Date: During the week of June 11th 
Location: St. John’s Studio
Cost: To be announced

Description: Finding a fabulous backyard garden is always amazing. Painting in it is even better. This year, during the week of June 11th, this garden, near Elizabeth Avenue in St. John’s, will be the site for a fundraising workshop for the projects of the Friends of the Garden (FOG) of MUN Botanical Garden. If you are interested, please check out my Mini-Newsletter posting on or before June 9. Maximum of 10. Details later.

Thanks goes to those gardeners/home-owners who have offered their gardens for these workshops. The exact times and dates and other details will come later. Maybe a backyard picnic would be a pleasant addition. Each home has a space where artists can find shelter and still be near the garden, should we have a sudden change in weather conditions.