The Wonders of Watercolour Workshop [Saturday 22 April]

The Wonders of Watercolour: Workshop with Brian Smith
Saturday 22 April 2017
10am to 4pm
Cost: £35 per person



A superb opportunity to spend a day with acclaimed watercolour artist Brian Smith at this one-off workshop.

(c) Brian Smith

Brian began his career with 25 years of freelance illustration work allowing him to accrue a vast knowledge in a diverse range of skills in various mediums. Watercolour became his chosen path and after some years of experimentation and struggle, his commitment and love of the medium brought him success and recognition with work being shown at The Mall, Bankside and Cork Street Open Exhibition in recent years. Brian’s chosen subjects now focus on architecture and people going about their daily lives. He has written articles for a number of the Instructional Art magazines in the UK and his work has appeared in print in national and international publications.

This special workshop, based on The Wonders of Watercolour, will consist of a selection of 5 or 6 studies in various sizes (A5 to A3). Participants will learn how to create emphasis and focus by employing mood, light and atmosphere. The workshop will also cover structure, people in paintings and landscapes to give a good variation of opportunities.

What you will need:

Please see the list of recommended items to bring with you for this workshop (below), however, please do not feel pressurised to buy all items below as this is only a guide to work towards a complete palette for each artist.

Recommended papers: Saunders Waterford, Arches are Brian’s two favourites. There are 3 choices of paper: Hot Press (HP), Not Surface and Rough Surface. They start with a 90lb weight and go up to 300lbs (640 grams). We would suggest using 140lbs (300 grams) or thicker ideally taping the paper to your board all the way round on all surfaces. Brian uses a Not Surface paper which suits his style, however, Rough paper is great for texture and Hot Press (which is smooth) allows the pigments to mix on the surface and great for detail.

Paint: Winsor & Newton, Schmincke – both Artist Quality in tube form. 14ml are best and more economical but 5ml tubes can be brought instead. We recommend a selection of 20 colours total which includes 10 basic colours (marked *) which is a good starter pack: Raw Sienna*, Aurelian*, Burnt Sienna*, French Ultra Marine*, Indian Yellow*, Rose Madder Genuine, Cerelium Blue, Cobalt Blue*, Prussian Blue, Light Red, Alizarin Crimson Permanent, Cadmium Red*, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Winsor Violet*, Indigo*, Brown Madder*, Neutral Tint, Quindrizone Gold, Viridian.

Brushes: Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable are the best you can get but may be prohibitively expensive. Pro Arte do very good mixes with sable and man made fibre but good value. Suggested size 5 or 6, size 8, size 10, sizes 14 or 16, 1¼ flat. These will be enough to get you started then expand as you need.

Some suggested useful extras: Adhesive framers tape, Syrom is a good make (to hold the paper down). Do not get confused with the one you wet. Pencils 2b-4b, soft rubber, atomiser bottle, an old butter knife with a blunt blade, or similar (not a scalpel), water container + water bottle for using outside, tissues or kitchen roll

Extras Needed: Block to angle supplied board. Tape to secure paper to boards. Bleed Proof White Paint (Dr. Martins)

As part of this particular workshop Brian would also like each artist to bring along one reference photograph of their choice taken by themselves with the aim of producing a finished piece of work based on this reference.

(c) Brian Smith