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.
I picked up a lot of ideas from the group which I will be able to incorporate into my upcoming course: SketchingNow Watercolour On Location. If you are interested in this course (and receiving some free intro lessons) please join the dedicated mailing list here.
And finally, if you are interested in attending a future workshop of mine in Sydney, please join my monthly newsletter list. This workshop sold out in a few hours and had a very long waiting list – all before I announced it publicly here on my blog (so you need to receive my newsletter notification to secure a spot). Fitting these 2 day workshops into my schedule is hard, but I am hoping to offer a few more later in the year (ie. November when things free up a little).
(Photos in this article by various participants – thanks all! I completely forgot to take photos this workshop)