Fearless Watercolours for Beginners

Date and Time: Saturday, October 19, from 10 until 4

Location: Qu’Appelle Valley Centre for the Arts, 406  4th Street (between Hudson and Central Avenues) in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan.

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. No previous experience is necessary. For ages 10 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.

Flight. SOLD.

Cost: $100 per participant. Special one time rate for moms and daughters registering together is $160.00 (suitable for ages 12+ ). *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 phone (306) 333-4501, 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. *NEW: 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

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