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Water Media: Painting in the Garden


Saturday, August 12     10:00 AM  -4:00 PM

Instructor: Nancy Corrigan

Enjoy a day painting outside in the fresh air, being part of nature, with water-based paints and pens in the Paint Spot garden, or in the little park across the street! There is more to these garden spots than flowers – shrubs, trees, walls, benches, people will give you plenty of subject matter. Use a viewfinder to observe focused views within the garden setting to create some interesting, unique compositions. Develop your style of expressing your response to your subjects. A variety of brush and line strokes and techniques will be demonstrated. There will be a meet-up in the last hour of the class back in The Paint Spot Studio to review your painting experience. What you learn about using your materials and painting from nature will be so helpful if you want to paint en plein air (outdoors) at home or while you travel.

In the event of bad weather, images of gardens will be available to paint in The Paint Spot studio.

Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies.

Supports: Suggested: 1  8x8” Fluid brand watercolour pad, 140lb Cold Press

Other sizes or brands of watercolour paper are OK, but the paper should be 140lb Cold Press &

easy to handle.

Water-based colours: Your choice of gouache or watercolour or Ecoline Brush Pens.

Choose a basic range of mixable colours (yellow, red, and blue) as well as one or two colours, such

as Burnt Sienna, green, or purple suitable for painting natural subjects

You may prefer to bring your own colours.

Recommended: Select a few waterproof Faber-Castell Brush Pens to draw with as well.

Watercolour brushes:   Small, watercolour brushes, such as Da Vinci green-handled Rounds 4 & 8, Flat #8  (available in a set or individually). Bring your own brushes, if you like.

Recommended: Medium-sized Round Waterbrush

Other supplies: Mixing palette, masking tape

Bring suitable art clothes (e.g., apron), notepad, snack, drink.

About the Instructor: Nancy Corrigan has been an artist facilitating in Edmonton and area offering creative experiences since 1980. She has been a staff artist in the wards at the University of Alberta Hospital since its inception in 1999. Studying expressive art therapy has rounded out her experience and lifelong "way" as an artist. Her drawings, watercolours, and acrylics are kinetic expressions of stillness, colour, and vibrational energy Her work is represented by Gallery of Alberta Art Rental, Edmonton, Alberta.