Fearless Watercolours for Beginners

This PLAYshop was last offered Saturday, January 20, 2024

Qu’Appelle Valley Centre for the Arts, 406 4th Street West, Fort Qu’Appelle

 The magical element in watercolour painting is the water. Water is like spirit – who knows exactly how it is going to flow or where it is headed? Combine water with beautiful pigments and colours, textured or smooth paper and your brush and see what happens.

This beginner’s PLAYshop is designed for those who love the look of watercolours but who are  afraid to try painting with such an unpredictable medium, or for those who may want to see if watercolours is a medium they would like to explore further. Or perhaps you would simply enjoy a day of guided play in a relaxed atmosphere? No previous experience is necessary. For ages 12 and up.

Play, exploration, and asking the question “What if (I tried this)?” will be central to our discovery of this exciting medium. Through a variety of guided exercises we will explore different brush techniques, wet on wet, colour mixing, glazes, washes, resists, and working with edges. We will finish our day by centering ourselves and creating a watercolour mandala (a visual prayer) using many of the techniques we have learned.


As painting requires our whole body, as well as our mind, heart and spirit, we will do simple stretching exercises throughout the day.

Bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea, water and snacks will be provided.

Cost: $100 per participant. *A deposit of $25 is required to confirm your registration.  If you do not have materials, the materials you will need for the day can be provided for an extra $25.00. Please register by  text (306) 331-9719 or e-mail at poachedeggwoman@gmail.com.  E-transfers are accepted to the e-mail address above or cheques can be  mailed to Box 128, Abernethy, Sask. S0A 0A0. *NOTE: There is a sliding scale for PLAYshops that I host – you can pay from $0 to the stated cost. Please let me know if you want to use the sliding scale when you register.

Materials needed:

3 tubes of watercolour paint – red, yellow, blue. (I use pthalo blue, cadmium yellow deep and permanent rose. There are no “true” primary colours. )

1 size 6-8 round watercolour brush (other brushes can be borrowed from me)

1 sheet of 140 pound Arches paper (cut into different sizes) or 8 sheets of 9 x 12 watercolour paper from a pad (140 pound)

Masking tape

Pencil, eraser

I usually offer Fearless Watercolours three times a year. It is also possible for you to host a Fearless Watercolour session in your own home or on your deck if you have 3 or 4 friends who might enjoy this experience.