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Colour pencils have often been associated with childhood, but since the early 20th century artist-quality colour pencils have been produced that turned a child’s toy into a serious medium for artists. Linda will teach you how master layering colours over and on top of one another to create colour pencil paintings of a rich and luminous depth. Texture, reflection, form and composition and all your colour pencil questions will be answered in this workshop as well as basic colour theory. Learn the difference between wax/oil pencils and watercolour pencils, how to layer, blend, create texture, wash or not, how to include graphite, which paper to use when, as well as all the basic techniques you need to get the most out of your colour pencil. You will enjoy step-by-step guidance, and the best part is that these techniques can be learned by anyone – no matter your current skill level!
Weather permitting, a morning of ‘urban drawing’ will be planned. With a wide and varied number of subjects to explore you will discover how to get the best from these mediums. An experienced art tutor, Linda will demonstrate all the techniques she uses in an easy to follow step by step approach; supported by one-on-one tuition and a comprehensive workbook you can take away with you. Some reference photos and still life materials are supplied, but students are encouraged to include their own photo references and ‘find’ their own objects. Her classes are quite structured, but allow great freedom for discovery of self-expression and joy through the wonder of the natural world.
Be prepared for the unexpected, lots of fun and to take a few risks with your pencils! (Class size up to 14, age range 16 to 96, some drawing experience advised but beginners are most welcome – beginner to advanced students.)
Linda Weil is a professional artist with over 40 years’ experience specialising in drawing Australian wildlife, botanical and nature studies. She has worked as a professional illustrator for national magazines as well as teaching and exhibiting her drawings in a variety of galleries and exhibitions throughout Australia. Her engaging and detailed drawings of animals, pets, wildlife, botanical and nature studies have won numerous awards. Linda has authored / illustrated ‘How to Draw Lifelike Animals’ and co-authored ‘The Art of Drawing Animals for the well-known international art publisher, Walter Foster. She has been commissioned to produce work for Derwent pencils and her drawings can found on the latest packaging for a variety of different Derwent products. Her drawings have been featured in the 2016 and 2017 Australian Geographic Art calendar. Linda teaches regular drawing classes locally in Victoria and workshops interstate. A full resume, list of awards, as well as examples of her work can be viewed at: http://home.exetel.com.au/lindaweil
Drawing board (A3 size minimum) with prop
Bull dog clips
A4 Cartridge Visual Diary (for sketch and note taking if you require)
Pencils as follows:
Graphite pencils, 2H, F, HB, B, 2B and/or 4B
Colour pencils – bring what you have available, you may also borrow from my class set as required. Aquarelle type preferred but not obligatory
4B Water Soluble Graphite pencil – Derwent ‘Sketch and Wash’ preferred
Pental Aquash Medium (Japanese nylon brush with water barrel) this is not required but fun to have and you will end up using it constantly!
Paper (at least one sheet of following, cut to 4 x A3 size for transport*)
Full sheet 300gsm Hot Press watercolour paper. Arches or Fabriano or Lana – you will most likely end up using all 4 cut sheets, so be prepared to buy extra if needed, or buy two full sheets
Extras – you may wish to include some or all of the following in your ‘kit’ if you already own these items.
A portable light source
White cotton gloves
Any type of colour pencil (inktense/polychromo/etc) you already own and wish to try out.
*NOTE* The standard size drawings will be done on A3 size paper, so if you prefer to buy pads of paper or already own pads, bring along instead of buying specially. Students are encouraged to bring in those materials they already own and have been using and are comfortable with.