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Intro to Watercolour

with Audrey Nicoll

October 3, 17, 24, 31
10am - 2pm

About the Workshop

Come learn how to begin your water colour adventure through a series of focused exercises, demonstrations and projects. We will explore the fundamentals of paper choice, brushes, colour palettes, washes, resist techniques, brushwork and how to apply them to your work. No experience necessary, but always be helpful.

Paint Brushes

Material List

Mixing palette
Board or clip board (to tape your paper to)
Painter’s tape -green or blue
Cotton swabs, paper towels
Graphite pencil -HB or H
Black permanent fine line pen
Brush suggestions: wash brush 1” or 1.5”, flat brush 3/4” or 1”, several round brushes from small to large 2, 4, 6, 8, 14 (optional 00
Colours suggestions (water colour pans or tubes, whichever you already have) essentially you will want to have warm & cool colours : alizarin crimson or rose madder, cadmium red light or vermillion, cadmium red deep or permanent red, cadmium yellow light or lemon yellow, cadmium yellow medium or gamboge, Hooker’s green or sap green, phthalo green, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, yellow ochre, raw umber, burnt Sienna, Paynes grey OPTIONAL: dioxazine violet, indigo, cerulean blue, Prussian blue, sepia. These are only colour suggestions, and if you have similar colours already, do NOT buy more.
WC paper: 140 lb. cold press paper. You can buy it in 22 x 30 sheets and cut it up, or pick up a WC pad or block. Fabriano pads available at DeSerres are a good paper to start.
Optional: natural sponge, masking fluid, sheet of hot press paper, ruler


Your Instructor

Audrey Nicoll

Audrey Nicoll is a NSCAD and UBC Fine Arts graduate. She has taught in the public school system for thirty years starting in Vancouver and recently retiring as the IB Art teacher at Park View Education Centre. Audrey’s studio practice consists of large scale mixed media drawings focused on environmental issues, which she has shown throughout the Maritimes. Her teaching commitment took her away from her studio over the last few years, and she looks forward to the return to her studio in Chester Basin.