Day One: Pen & Wash Seascape
Easing into our series of workshops with some work that bridges both drawing and painting with some pen and wash work, creating some nice loose expressive drawings in pen and ink, laying in areas of shadow and then adding some pops of colour to emphasise focal points in our seascape. A great way to start our course and loosen up.
Day Two: Boats
Following a simple formula to help create simple boat shapes, to provide angles and curves that boats possess, our workshop day will start with some exercises around this formula, and then creating a series of small thumbnail sketches to get our “eye in” for the painted work to be completed, as well as some colour analysis and completing colour swatches. This process helps us understand and become familiar with our subject so when the time comes to paint on a canvas, it can be a little less confronting as we are already familiar with our subject, our light and shade areas, and the colour mixing required for the painting.
Day Three: Beachscapes
Again we will start the day with a series of quick thumbnail sketches, and colour swatches before commencing on a canvas. We will be looking at how to put a more panoramic seascape image together – looking at skies, marks needed to make waves and ocean swells look authentic, how the light affects the colour of the ocean, also having a look at textures of sand and different vegetation and grasses that form part of the dune environment.
Day Four: Making Waves
Spending a day on painting a couple of different types of waves. What are waves? Focusing on how the light affects the colours of the waves – where the wave is breaking, and as the wave moves through deeper water, foam trails, and spray and how to create that loose flowing appearance of the ocean.
Day Five: Stormy Seas
This will be a day of a looking at the ocean when it is wild and angry, how the colour and form of the waves become very different and it becomes a scary place. The ocean is a place of great and constant change and these workshops will be about understanding and capturing the different scenarios the ocean will present to us.
We will go through the process of thumbnail sketching, and creating colour swatches before starting our painting. This hopefully will become part of participants’ art practice, especially if they are nervous about starting a canvas.
If time permits we will go back over the week and reflect on the different work completed, or if incomplete work towards completing any unfinished work. Also, a small group discussion at the end of each day looking back over the activities of the day.
Camp Creative Survey
"Great tutor - would love to see her back next year. Course programme was structured, built on previous knowledge while reinforcing that knowledge. Great demonstration and structured supported learning activities from Lizzie. We were able to produce a number of artworks to display and take home with us. Great group of students."
"Lizzie the tutor was great. Flexible in her delivery after getting to know the skill set of the group. Good guidance and demonstrations were provided as we progressed."
"Tutor was very experienced and knowledgable. She structured our learning and built on previous activities. She adapted her program to cater to the needs of the group. Would be great to see her back next year and I would certainly be interested in enrolling in the same course again."