A little over a week ago, I taught a 2 day workshop in The Rocks – a lovely historic area of Sydney. We had a lot of rain and the logistics were challenging so I was really happy that I’d hired a workshop room (in Craft NSW) for the morning session. At least we were dry part of the day!
I was amazed that only 2 out of the 12 participants lived in Sydney! The rest were from NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS, SA and New Zealand. We all had fun and learned a lot (me included!) – thanks for being such a fun group to teach and for traveling so far to attend.
It’s a few years since I’ve taught a 2 day workshop in Sydney and over 4 years since I’ve taught in The Rocks area. It’s been too long! This workshop contained a lot of new content (some of it will be in my next online SketchingNow course) and it was fun putting it together and searching for locations. I had forgotten I like this planning stage and also how much work it takes! I spent two afternoon scouting for locations and looking for good areas of shade that the group could sit in – but it rained during the workshop so we didn’t use some of these spost! At least they are ready for next time I teach the workshop.
Here is a brief summary of the workshop.
And then we did a few exercises from photos. This is my demo of the shape exercise which I really like as a simple watercolour study (note: when using watercolour ‘the simpler the better’ is often the case.)
It started pouring with rain right at the end of this session, so the next morning we had a lengthy review of everyone’s work. I love doing these and always get a lot of inspiration from seeing how others interpret a scene.
We then spent the rest of the morning doing some indoor value studies. A lot of people tell me that they struggle ‘with colour’, but really I think value (rather than hue) is what they need to focus on. We had a great session with lots of lightbulb moments.
After lunch (we had to change lunch venue due to rain) we went to the main part of The Rocks and I sent everyone out to find some scenes that interested them. It was blue skies and sunny at this point so I hoped we would be able to stick to my plan for the afternoon. We had a chat about them and then I sat down to do a quick demo. But then the rain started again. I decided just to go for it, put my umbrella up and paint despite my page being very wet.
This workshop was a summary of the main concepts which I teach in my online course: Watercolour On Location
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(Photos in this article by various participants – thanks all! I completely forgot to take photos this workshop)