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Watercolour Workshop

August 12 @ 10:00 am - August 13 @ 4:00 pm

Date:  Sat Aug 12th from 10am-5pm and Sun Aug 13 from 12pm-4pm
Cost:  $150/person

Learn some of the ‘tricks of the trade’ for creating two dimensional (flat) art inspired by the forest. Have you noticed that there are many greens and that sometimes the differences are very subtle? Thomson will demonstrate ‘artistic license’ in the creation of greens that retain the mood and essence of the forest and yet push the colours so they are more evocative of the forest experience. During the forest walk you will become familiar with the viewfinder as a composition tool, identify many tree and plant varieties and watch a few demonstrations on simplification of the subject area. In the outdoor painting times Thomson will work with participants individually and then gather the group together for demonstrations and questions. Expect to be more confident in your ability to find and work up forest subjects.

No supplies provided. Please bring a sketchbook, pencils, eraser and pen. For colour please bring the materials you are familiar with (watercolour, oil, acrylic, pastel, ink- in a format that can be taken outdoors) and surfaces for painting on (board, tape and watercolour paper or canvas or board and pastel paper, etc). Please bring a stool or chair, your own water for painting and drinking. Easels can be useful too. Please bring your own lunch on Saturday and snacks for Sunday.

About the Instructor:

Joanne Thomson is a full-time visual artist who lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Working primarily in watercolour, Joanne pushes the limits of the medium to create large works on canvas. Her quiet and contemplative approach to art making is evident in her landscapes, illustrations and in the Bottled series. She describes her works as ‘strong images created gently’. Thomson holds a Masters degree in Adult Education (MAdEd) and loves to teach, encouraging her students to explore the creative process through research and experimentation with art making.

To see examples of Thomson’s work please visit www.joannethomson.com

Workshop Itinerary:

Saturday August 12th from 10am-5pm with a one hour lunch, and Sunday, August 13 from 12 – 4.

Saturday morning 10 – 12 : a familiarization walk on Wildwood with demonstrations and tips on selecting subjects.

Saturday afternoon 1 – 5 : individual instruction and group demonstrations about outdoor painting and identification of information to gather for working later in studio and which information to eliminate.

Sunday afternoon 12 – 4 : individual and group instruction about outdoor painting and drawing (composition, colour, selection).

Cost:  $150/person.  Advance registration required.   To register please fill out the form below, then proceed to the payment page.   Need help?  Email: education@ecoforestry.ca

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August 12 @ 10:00 am
August 13 @ 4:00 pm


Wildwood Ecoforest
2929 Crane Rd
Nanaimo, BC Canada