1st and 3rd Wednesday (February to November)
Arrive at 9.15am to start at 9.30am. Finish at 12.30pm
Studio 2, Gosford Regional Gallery and Art Centre Arts Centre.
Cost $25.00 per week includes morning tea. EFTPOS available.
Visitors are welcome.
Please note there is no booking requirement for our workshops, you simply turn up on the day.
Gosford Regional Gallery and Arts Centre provides plenty of convenient parking and disability access.
Download the 2019 Calendar to view the year’s Workshops.
Wednesday 6 November and Wednesday 20 November
Tanya Hoolihan Botanical and Natural History Illustrator.
PAINT – Watercolour
We will be able to work with whatever colours you may already own. However if you need to purchase paints I have listed a few basic colours below. They are basic warm and cool primary colours. I prefer to work with Winsor and Newton Watercolour paints. A cheaper alternative is Cotman, Art Spectrum or Schmincke.
NOTE: Cheap paints from discount stores contain a lot of “fillers” and are very opaque. It is difficult to get good results using these paints.
BASIC COLOURS LIST; The following colours are a suitable for a basic colour palette.
- Winsor Blue – Green Shade
- Scarlet Lake
- Windsor Lemon
- Indenthrene Blue
- Windsor Red
- Transparent Yellow
Other colours worth looking at buying but not necessary;
- Aureloin, Permanent Rose, Sepia, Indigo.
There is no need to purchase the specific sizes below if you already have brushes. Brushes do need to be clean and have never been used for oil painting. Sable brushes hold more water but can be expensive. Taklon brushes or artificial Sable will be fine. These can be purchased cheaply in sets. The following is a guideline for the size of brushes needed:
- SIZE 0, 1, 2 and 4, Round
- SMALL and MEDIUM Flat
PENCILS and ERASER
Pencils HB, 2B, 8HB
A kneadable eraser will be required and always a handy item to have in your art kit.
A palette can be any flat, non-porous surface, for mixing if it is white. One with at least 6 separate recesses and a flat area for mixing is ideal. A flat, white, ceramic plate will work fine also.
RAG / TISSUES
With water based painting it is very important to have complete control over the amount of water in your brush. I have found the best way to do this is to wipe your brush as you work. Tissues or and old piece of cotton sheeting or towel is fine.
Clear Glass/Plastic container which is clean is ideal. It need only be about the size of a drinking glass. It is best to have 2 small containers. I will have some spares with me.
2 – Sheets of A4 Smooth Watercolour Paper. I prefer Arches 300gsm. It is sometimes difficult to get good results with very cheap paper from discount stores.
4 – Sheets of A4 Cartridge/Copy Paper to draw sketches on. I will have some paper with me
The first week we will be looking at techniques and process for creating a small botanical illustrations. I will supply the subject.
The second week we will work on capturing natural history subjects such as feathers, and shells in detail.