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Techniques in Watercolour III: Flowers & Transparency (Adult/Teen)

March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Instructor: Susan Bulman

In this 3-hour session taking place on Saturday, March 23 from 1-4pm, local artist Susan Bulman will illustrate how to paint a variety of flowers in watercolours, and introduce techniques for painting a convincing transparent vase.

In the first half of the class, wet-on-wet or wet-on-dry techniques will be used to create forms of leaves and loose flower petals. Dry brush techniques will be used to further develop the flowers, adding the finer details. Flower outline shapes will be provided for those who are not confident in their drawing skills.

At the halfway point in the class, there will be a break for light refreshments before continuing.

The second half of the class will focus on creating transparencies with watercolour. Susan will provide instruction on how to capture these effects in watercolour to create a transparent vase for your bouquet. Participants may also choose to distribute flowers evenly across the page, select a reference image to work from, focus on a close-up, or select a different vessel for their bouquet. If working from a reference image, it is recommended that you print the image out rather than working from a photo on your phone, as this will allow you to more easily deal with composition.  If you do not have access to a printer, please email your photo to [email protected] prior to the class to have it printed.

This class will also be a great inspiration as you plan flowers to plant in your garden this spring!

No experience in drawing or watercolour is required. This program is suitable for teens (13+) and adults.

Registration is required and you can register in-person at the Douglas Family Art Centre, 224 Main St. S., or by filling out our online registration form.

Payment will be required to complete your registration. The cost to register is $45 +HST for non-members or $40.50 +HST for MUSE members. Payment can be made in-person or online. Limited to 16 participants. All materials are supplied.


March 23
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Kenora, Ontario P9N 1T2 Canada
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