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Watercolour: Still-Life with Sunflower


Saturday & Sunday, September 9 & 10     10:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day

Instructor: Cam Wilson

Create a still-life watercolour painting of one of everyone’s favourite signs of late summer, the sunflower. You will be working from a real sunflower still-life, so each person’s work will be unique as you work from different points of view. Through this weekend pair of classes, you will learn to see more clearly and to interpret what you see into a satisfying image. Begin your watercolour weekend learning techniques and using them in quick sketches. This will familiarize you with your subject, with colours, light and shadow, and textures. Then, when you have worked out your composition, you will go on to create your own still-life masterpiece in watercolours.

Day One: Using your watercolour sketch pad or book, dive into colour mixing and watercolour techniques such as wet on wet and wet on dry. Explore colour and value and other aspects of your composition through watercolour sketches. Focus on and explore individual elements of the still life with small watercolour studies.

Day Two: Turning to your sheet of watercolour paper, draw your still life and prepare your paper. Using knowledge and techniques through earlier watercolour studies paint your colourful sunflower still-life.

Your instructor will guide you throughout the classes with demos, personal assistance, and professional advice.

Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies.

Paper: watercolour sketch pad/sketchbook (about 8x10” or 9x12”)

1 sheet 140lb Cold Press watercolour paper (22x30”)

Watercolour paint: Cadmium Red Light    Pure Yellow    Hooker’s Green    Ultramarine Blue

Watercolour brushes:  1” Flat   #4 & #8 Rounds

Mounting board, masking tape, pencil & eraser

Optional:  You may wish to bring suitable art clothes, notepad, snack, & drink.

About the Instructor: Cam graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a diploma in Visual Communications. He then worked as an art director before venturing out on his own as a freelance Illustrator and designer. Cam also taught Graphic Design and Illustration in the Visual Communications program at MacEwan University. Several years ago Cam embarked on a journey to Southeast Asia and since then has returned on many occasions to paint some of the most beautiful places on earth. Cam’s watercolours can be seen on his website,