Watercolour painting can be a little scary at first. Most people will have heard a set of rules and the 'do’s and don'ts' about how to handle the medium. This course aims to bring back the fun and joy of working in watercolour, using working methods that Sophie Knight employs in her own paintings. She will show how much freedom you can have covering the surface with the use of bold colour, washes, wet on wet paint, scratching, strong brush marks, and all on unprepared paper.
This workshop will suit anyone who wants to further their ability to use watercolour who has a smaller or larger amount of experience.
Structure of the day
1. A demonstration by Sophie of her working methods & a discussion of the aims of the day:
-To further the student ‘s handling of bold washes of watercolour
-To show how watercolour paper can be used without stretching it beforehand
-To introduce new ways of working with watercolour, including squeezing paint straight onto
-To allow experimentation with painting methods to encourage confidence
2. Students should start one small painting using these methods before lunch using landscape photos Sophie will supply
Students will paint one or two paintings using new methods, such as 'wet on wet' and bold washes, and will be encouraged to take a fast and bold approach.
About the Tutor
Sophie lives in London and has a studio in New Cross, but much or her work is done outside working directly from the landscape or cityscape. Her watercolours are worked in an energetic and vigorous manner, squeezing paint straight onto the paper, scratching in marks and drawing directly with a brush, she aims to retain the freshness and vitality of her visual excitement and record the physical experience of working within the landscape.