Watercolour for Beginners

Vida Newington will lead two workshops on Watercolour for Beginners at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, VIU Branch, 900 Fifth Street. The first from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 13, 2010, focuses on working with washes. This workshop is aimed at the absolute beginner in watercolour. Learning how to work with washes will build your basic skills in watercolour. You will learn how to apply a flat dry wash, a wet wash, a graded wash, a streaked wash and a textured wash; basic colour mixing will also be covered. Then apply some of these techniques and learn how to paint a west coast water scene. Once you have mastered washes and learned the basics of colour mixing, you are well on your way to becoming an accomplished watercolourist.

The second workshop on working with transparent glazes and painting negatively will be from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 20, 2010. This workshop will focus on exploring which colours on a watercolour palette allow you to create transparent glazes; learning how to use glazes allows you to add depth and glowing colour to your art work. Working on a floral composition you will learn how to combine this knowledge with the skill of painting negatively. This fun workshop is suitable for both the beginner and the intermediate student. Tuition at each workshop is $65 plus HST for gallery members:or $75 plus HST for non-members, all supplies included. For more information, call Chris Kuderle at 250-740-6350.

Instructor Vida Newington enjoys working in a variety of media and especially loves the versatility and portability of watercolour. An art major at Cambridge University, Vida went on to have a career as an art teacher in England. Recently retired, Vida continues to share her love of teaching art in the many classes and workshops she teaches locally. Vida is a member of the Canadian Federation of Artists.