NatureArt Lab

EASTERN SPINEBILL - EXPLORING SMALL BIRDS IN WATERCOLOUR, 20 - 21 June 2020, Beginners - intermediate

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Create your own artwork of one of Australia's exquisite small birds using watercolour!

About the tutor:

Kristen O’Keeffe is a graduate of the Australian National University's Institute of the Arts, Canberra School of Art. She loves the mediums of watercolour and textiles and has been exhibiting regularly since 2008. Kristen has a particular interest in the traditions that surround Botanic Art and illustration and a passion for the native plants and birds of Australia. She loves the process of collecting specimens and photographs then working up compositions to create her paintings. Kristen has also conducted an extensive exploration of natural dyes from native plants producing hand-dyed yarns and eco printed textiles, she enjoys blogging about the results and sharing knowledge.

About the workshop: 

This two-day workshop is for those starting out with painting small birds. You will specifically explore watercolour techniques to help you paint a bird with form and life ready to fly off the paper. To hone those techniques we will focus on the Eastern spinebill as our subject. You will learn about applying layers of watercolour and combining techniques to create accurate paintings that explore the full tonal range to give your bird realism and life. Printed or digital images will be provided, if you have access to a tablet or device it would be beneficial to bring it along to enable you to zoom in for detail. Please feel free to bring your own images to use if you have them.

Learning outcomes:

  • Paint in watercolour small birds with life!
  • Explore basic watercolour techniques such as washes, dry brush and combine them to create the effects required.
  • Explore colour mixing using a traditional restricted pallete.
  • On completion of the workshop you will have learned watercolour techniques to complete a finished bird study in watercolour.

Suitable for beginner to intermediate watercolour students. A materials list will be available prior to the workshop. Please bring your own lunch; refreshments will be available for morning and afternoon tea.

Dates: 20 - 21 June 2020

Days/Times: Saturday and Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: NatureArt Lab, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith