Water Based Techniques with Oliver Reed

When: Saturday, November 1st 2014 - Sunday, November 2nd 2014, Start Time: 10:00, End Time: 16:30

Oliver Reed is a popular tutor who has taught various courses at the Stables and this time is going to concentrate on water based techniques - water colour or acrylics.
Course Description
This course aims to explore the possibilities of working with watercolours. Over the weekend you will explore various materials, techniques and processes, exploring masking, layering and creating texture moving through from direct observations of a still life to developing works from personal imagery and reference.

Personal reference / Imagery to bring for the Sunday
On the final day of the course you will have the opportunity to develop a piece of work from your own personal reference. The reference material may be something you have already been working on, explored through drawing or acrylic painting for example, or it may be a series of photographic images you have of a specific location, or scene. Whatever the subject try to make sure you have a series of images rather than just one image to work from.

This day shall focus on working from two point of reference subjects.
Working form a still-life we will begin by exploring working with ink; through diluting and dry and wet brush processes, to working with sticks and a palette knife, to create tonal shapes and marks before moving on to working with colour and colour mixing.

Working from a selection of natural objects we will explore some of the techniques involved with watercolour such as, developing glazed layers and creating texture through working with various resists and techniques. We will finish the day by stretching some watercolour paper ready to use on the Sunday.

This day will focus on your personal reference material
This part of the day will be used to consider the reference you have brought and to make two or three interpretations exploring compositions, various approaches and colour palettes. It will also give you time to stretch some watercolour paper ready for the afternoon.

Having selected an appropriate approach, composition and colour palette, the afternoon will allow you the space and time to develop one piece of work.

Drawing Ink
Watercolour brushes
Range of watercolour brushes
Range of watercolour paints
Palette knife
A2 Board to stretch paper onto (or a couple of A3 boards)
Gum tape - (you could share if you know someone else doing the course)
Gum Arabic - (you could share if you know someone else doing the course)

Watercolour paper
These can be smooth (HOT Pressed) or rough (NOT)
Look towards purchasing paper with a weight of around 250-300gsm

Option extra
Chalk pastels
Tube white gouache
Wax candle
Cling film
More boards to stretch paper onto


The course will cost £100 and lunch and teas and coffees on both days will be included.

Please book early as numbers are limited.

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Contact Information

19 Bank Street, Cromarty
IV11 8YE Scotland

T: 01381 600354


Cromarty Arts Trust is recognised as a Scottish Charity number SC003018

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