Watercolour Workshops

Explore Nature Through Your Own Nature!

Making small watercolour sketches of the natural world was a gentle timeless art practiced by Victorian ladies in their leisure time. Why not take a page from their books and rediscover the joy of creating colourful studies of flowers, landscapes and more. It’s a lovely relaxing way to give yourself some quality “me-time”.

In this workshop series you spend a delightful afternoon with artist CJ Shelton in her tranquil studio as she introduces simple and traditional step-by-step watercolour techniques that have you creating your own little masterpieces in no time. Depending on the subject matter you will work from direct observation or photo reference. You never know … you may just be inspired to start your very own ‘country diary of a 21st century Lady’! These are introductory and skill-building workshops. Having some drawing or painting experience is helpful but total newbies are more than welcome.


2017 FALL SEASON

The fall season of change and harvest offers us wonderful opportunities to explore new colour palettes of bright oranges, reds and yellows among splashes of deeper burgundy, green and shades of brown.

Several options are available throughout the fall season to try your hand at creating either fall colours landscape, a traditional still life or a leaf mandala. Newbies and more experienced both welcome.


FALL REFLECTIONS WATERCOLOUR

Fall ReflectionsDATES: Two Sessions available

Saturday September 30, 2017
Saturday October 14, 2017

TIME: 1-4 pm
COST:  $75 + HST per person
LOCATION: Studio #206, Upper Floor of the Alton Mill

In this watercolour basics session you will learn how to capture a classic Ontario fall landscape full of our famous brilliant red maple trees, white birch trunks and dark green pines reflected in a northern lake. Techniques such as washes, wet-in-wet, scumbling and dry brush will be reviewed to encourage you to explore both traditional and expressive watercolour effects in your final painting.

New students are welcome, even complete newbies who have never tried watercolour before! If you have taken sessions with CJ this one will build on your previous drawing or painting skills and add additional ones to your repertoire. Please bring any watercolour brushes or paints you currently have although supplies will be available for those who don’t have them. Paper and stretching boards will be supplied.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact CJ at 519-942-2018 or email artist@dancingmoondesigns.ca


FALL LEAVES MANDALA WORKSHOP using Watercolour and Pen & Ink

Fall Leaf Mandala by CJ SheltonDATES: Two Sessions available

Saturday October 7, 2017
Saturday October 21, 2017

TIME:  1-4 pm
LOCATION: Studio 206, Alton Mill Arts Centre
COST: 
$75 + HST per person/per session

In this fun and seasonal session you will create a beautiful mandala (a circular pattern) of vibrant fall leaves in all their multitudes of colours. This is a fabulous opportunity to play with colour and experience Mother Nature’s glorious annual “change of costume” in a whole new way. As you paint you will also discover the magic of mandala-making and its wonderful relaxing benefits.

Working from real leaves you will create your own unique circular composition and build your painting by working with form, shape and colour. This is a great session for total beginners who want to try their hand at watercolour and for those who have a little more experience. Please bring any watercolour brushes or paints you currently have although supplies will be available for those who don’t have them. Paper and stretching boards will be supplied.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact CJ at 519-942-2018 or email artist@dancingmoondesigns.ca


“GATHERING THE HARVEST” Seasonal Still Life in Watercolour

Watercolour Still LifeDATE: Saturday November 4, 2017 from 1-4 pm
TIME:  1-4 pm
LOCATION: Studio 206, Alton Mill Arts Centre
COST: 
$75 + HST per person

In this watercolour basics session you will create a still life painting of some of the fruits found in our local fall harvest –crisp apples, chubby squashes, wheat sheaves, dried corn and more.

If you have taken drawing or watercolour sessions with CJ this one will build on your skills and add additional ones to your repertoire but new students are welcome too, even nervous newbies who have never tried watercolour before. Please bring any watercolour brushes or paints you currently have although supplies will be available for those who don’t have them. Paper and stretching boards will be supplied.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact CJ at 519-942-2018 or email artist@dancingmoondesigns.ca


PAYMENT POLICY
Booking an art experience is a commitment to yourself, the facilitator and other participants. The following policies are in place to ensure that all workshops and sessions run as scheduled and help guarantee that everyone involved has an enjoyable experience.

PAYMENT Payment is by cash or credit card (VISA, Mastercard and AMEX accepted)

FULL PAYMENT IS REQUIRED AT TIME OF BOOKING  To confirm your registration you must provide a credit card number at the time of booking.

CANCELLATION POLICY  Last minute cancellations other than for extenuating circumstances spoils the fun for all involved. Because classes are kept small to give each participant lots of attention, it creates challenges for the facilitator and disappointment for other registrants when there are no-shows or a change of mind that cause a class to be cancelled or run only half-full.

THERE IS NO REFUND FOR CANCELLATIONS LESS THAN 72 HOURS PRIOR OR FOR NO-SHOWS ON THE DAY OF THE WORKSHOP

A raincheck may be offered depending on the circumstances of the cancellation. If a workshop has to be cancelled due to inclement weather or other extenuating circumstances participants will either be notified of the re-scheduled day/time or a full refund will be provided.