A special one-day drawing and painting workshop presented by Dean Tatam Reeves at the Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage, Nanton, Alberta

Date – Sunday 8 September 2019 (10 am to 4:30 pm)

Workshop Fee – $125 plus GST

In this workshop participants will explore several traditional methods of working with ink & wash and watercolours to produce sketches and paintings featuring the interesting and historic collection of buildings and garden structures found at the Coutts Centre. We will explore the use of black India ink that, when diluted and applied with pen nib and brush, offers a broad tonal range perfect for creating drawings rich in descriptive detail, texture, shading and atmosphere. We will also discover how transparent watercolour washes can enhance the underlying drawing with vibrant and expressive colour. A fundamental aspect of drawing and painting is the act of seeing so there will be an emphasis on developing visual awareness.

Following instructor demonstrations of techniques, participants will have ample opportunity for personal exploration of the concepts, with one-on-one support and guidance provided. Near the end of the day a group discussion will give participants a chance to review their work and offer feedback. It is hoped that each participant will find useful new ideas for developing their own individual style.

For the artist, the Coutts Centre offers a varied and inspired collection of gardens: living scenes that renew each day as the gardens go through their seasonal cycles. No two days are alike. And wherever you turn you will find glimpses of the surrounding farmland, foothills and mountains. There are many sheltered areas to comfortably draw and paint, and in the event of inclement weather shelters and welcoming indoor spaces are close at hand.

For more information about this workshop please email the artist at: deantreeves@gmail.com

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