Spring 2020 dates TBA :Trent University, Continuing Education welcomes Valerie Kent
Beginner & Intermediate Watercolour
Spring 2020 Dates TBA
Location: Traill College, Scott House 105, 300 London Street
Cost: $20 per class (+ HST) before October 11th. $30 per class (+ HST) after October 11th.
Register online or in person with cash or cheque at Scott House Room 107.1, 300 London Street, Traill College.
Winston Churchill in his book “Painting As a Pastime” could not say enough about what a pleasurable experience it is to paint in watercolour. Prince Charles paints in this medium and it has long been loved by the Royals. And we love it too. This course covers the basics and then allows for the magic that happens when this medium is used. We will work on the elements and principles of art and there will be some theory every week imbedded into the project for the week. Demos in every class.
Participants must purchase supplies ahead of time and bring to each class. Please find a list of suggested supplies below:
Intro Set Reeves 12 Colour Tubes $12.99
Package of Paint Brushes $12.99
Pad of Canson 11 x 15, 140 lb. watercolour paper $ 26.99
Week 1 – A Spring Landscape, L-shaped Composition
We will talk about supplies and learn to use them (from the supply list). Handouts: Types of Compositions, Image of a Spring Landscape. We will discuss composition, types of composition, focal area (center of interest), rule of thirds and the importance to a work of art. We will draw a quick thumbnail value sketch in our sketch book. Explanation about an L-shaped composition will be made during the demo. The 1st painting will be an L-shaped composition of a spring landscape.
Week 2 – A Summer Landscape, S-shaped Composition
The values in a painting create the impact that an artwork will have on a viewer. Handouts: Values, Image of a Summer Landscape. We will draw a thumbnail value sketch from the image. Explanation about an S-shaped composition will be made during the demo. The 2nd painting will be an S-shaped composition of a summer landscape.
Week 3 – An Autumn Landscape, Radiating Lines Composition
Colour is vital to the life of a painting. Handouts: Colour Wheel, Image of an Autumn Landscape. We will discuss complementary colours. We will draw a quick thumbnail sketch from the image. Explanation about a radiating lines composition will be made during the demo. The 3rd painting will be a radiating lines composition of an autumn landscape.
Week 4 – A Winter Landscape, Triangle Composition
Shapes, whether positive or negative, create the weight in a painting. The size of the shapes and their values offer the artist great flexibility in design. Handouts: Shapes, Image of an Winter Landscape. We will draw a quick thumbnail sketch from the image. Explanation about a triangular composition will be made during the demo. The 4th painting will be a triangular composition of a winter landscape.
Week 5 – A Water Landscape, an O-shaped Composition
Space has height and width, but is 2-dimensional. To create the illusion of 3-dimensions aerial perspective is used and it is done by varying the sizes of objects, overlapping and using colour. Handouts: Aerial Perspective, Image of a Water Scene. We will draw a quick thumbnail sketch from the Image. Explanation about an O-shaped composition will be made during the demo. The 5th painting will be of a water landscape.
Week 6 – A Treed Landscape, A Cross or Cruciform Composition
Texture makes the viewer want to touch the painting to feel what is there which gives it that three dimensional look and feel. This is true with rocks, hills and trees. Handouts: Creating Textures, Image of Trees. We will draw a quick thumbnail sketch from the Image. Explanation of the cruciform composition will be made during the demo. The 6th painting will be of a treed landscape.
Week 7 – Skies Landscape, A Fulcrum or Steelyard Composition
Skies call out for colour and analogous colours can work wonders for a dawn or dusk sky. Handouts: Clouds, Image of a Skies Landscape. We will draw a quick thumbnail sketch from the Image. Explanation of the fulcrum or steelyard composition will be made during the demo. The 7th painting will be of a skies landscape.
Week 8 – A Rocks Landscape, A Diagonal Composition
More than one element of art and design is used to create a piece of art. Rocks and hills are comprised of lines, shapes, colours and textures. Handouts: Image of a Rocks Landscape. We will draw a quick thumbnail sketch from the image. Explanation of the diagonal composition will be made during the demo. The 8th painting will be of a rocks landscape.
About the instructor:
Valerie Kent has facilitated workshops in France, Italy, and Canada. She is experienced in a number of mediums, including acrylic, oil, watercolour and mixed media. She enjoys working with and encouraging experimentation in workshops and courses that she facilitates. Her own work is a combination of plein air and studio work. Valerie Kent, BFA, B.Ed., MFA, has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Canada, France, Italy, Korea, Japan, China and Amsterdam.