I am passionate about my watercolours and enjoy explaining my “gravity painting” techniques in my own schedule of Bath Watercolour Workshops, to Art Societies, and at events and retreats.
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More on workshops:
Bath Watercolour Workshops: landscapes:
NEXT AVAILABLE LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP MONDAY 21 MAY 2018 @ Stourhead:
Enjoy the freedom of form within flowing landscapes. You will learn to paint on a sloping watercolour board, to encourage paints to mix themselves within water and to control the resulting chemistry.
Landscape workshops can be a relaxing introduction to watercolours or taken further by painters wanting to use wet-in-wet techniques to loosen up their painting style.
Typical subjects: Introduction to watercolours; Imagined landscapes; Misty landscapes; Beautiful Bath Slopes; Winter trees; Rolling Hills; Inundation; Dramatic clouds & weather.
Venues: Museum of Bath Stone https://www.museumofbathstone.org/ (previously Ralph Allen Cornerstone) Combe Down, Bath; Wylye Valley Art Trail Venue near Shaftesbury; First-View Gallery at Stourhead National Trust Gardens, Wiltshire.
“I just wanted to thank you for the lovely course last week (Rolling hills). Thanks for your patience and really helpful tips so that as a complete novice I was able to come home with a picture that bore some semblance of what I was trying to paint! I certainly look at the landscape now and see a whole lot of colours that I didn’t before! The venue and food were also great. I hope to take part again next year.” “I feel like your workshop has helped me to be more loose in my style, and to be bolder with my use of colours.”
Bath Watercolour Workshops: portraits (some painting experience required)
NEXT AVAILABLE PORTRAIT WORKSHOP THURSDAY 12 APRIL 2018 in Bath:
You will work “wet-in-wet” to map shadows and light and lend drama to your portraits. Develop your understanding of light and facial features. Experience complex colour mixing for portraits. Suitable for painters with a little experience.
“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the workshop; I did find it challenging, (but then that was the point!!) but thanks to your expert and extremely patient guidance I came away feeling I had achieved something and now feel confident to build on all I have learned in an attempt to progress with my own work.”
“Just wanted to say thanks for a very helpful course … I really enjoyed it. It was so helpful to be taken through all the steps in creating a watercolour portrait. I keep remembering tips you gave us on Wednesday – there was a lot of good information.”
“the most amazing art day ever! It has given me a lot of food for thought, and experiments.”
Art groups & societies welcome:
I am often asked to demonstrate and teach my watercolour techniques to groups. I enjoy explaining my artistic practice while demonstrating live and I have worked at festivals, events, in galleries, halls and even on farm escape days!
Past subjects include: head-and-shoulder portraits; misted landscapes; seascapes; Bath slopes; enchanted woodland; village scenes; underwater worlds etc.
Areas covered: Bath, Bristol, Salisbury, Swindon, S Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, E Hampshire and N Dorset. Further travel possible for full day workshops.
Please Email me for particular enquiries.
“thank you for the wonderful day … All the participants came away feeling they had learnt some important techniques. Also, we all feel more confident… Your relaxed approach and excellent teaching meant the day was particularly enjoyable. It is lovely to use watercolour in this way.” Frome Art Group (Oct 2017)
“Wow !! What a great demo and hugely enjoyed by all!!” Shrivenham Defence Academy
“As you doubtless realise you were indeed well-received and greatly appreciated. Your approach was a revelation and gave us all the confidence to wrestle with the Bogeyman Watercolour unafraid now.” Combe Down Art Group
Corporate events, festivals & retreats:
I am a past Graduate of the Institute of Personnel and Development and experience of running several in-company training events in the 1990s (in my former life as a personnel manager!)
At corporate run events and retreats, I offer attendees an introduction to “gravity painted” watercolours in a relaxed environment. Watching my stepped demonstrations, delegates create their own imaginary landscapes in running paint, relying less on fine motor skill and more on opening up to “go with the flow”. No complex paint mixing, just dropping in pure colour, salt and other interventions and watching the surprising chemistry that results. The “wet-in-wet techniques” gradually relax and enthral, to create a meditation-like space and reveal the joy that can be found in shared creativity. In the past I have encouraged both art novices (remembering their school art classes with hilarity) and others who find their re-exposure to art a catalyst to make more future space for the hobby.
some comments from delegates:
“Catherine, the art teaching was fabulous and I’d love to try one of your courses”
“I am enjoying getting to grips with watercolours and to tapping into my own creativity. See below for the picture I produced at Brecon (Mentoring Plus Corporate Wellbeing Weekend) which I have framed as I love the colours so much! ”
“Thanks again for your fantastic and innovative intro to watercolours.”
“ I was so pleased to have experienced Catherine’s art class and …truly amazed at her extraordinary talent which blew me away not to mention what a gorgeous person she is. I won’t give up my day job yet to become a painter but it was really interesting to see what on earth I would create when given the time just to paint.”
schools and staff/teacher workshops:
I love the excitement that school children find in discovering and creating art. I am used to tutoring large groups, with particular experience of teaching Years 5, 6 & 7s. I enjoy developing themed workshops around the needs of your school, as well as delivering creative sessions for teachers.
I also provide one-to-one tutorials for A’Level and GCSE students.
Please Email me with particular enquiries.
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