The medium of Water Colour is extensive, mysterious, beautiful and spontaneous.
Understanding its nature and using it creatively unleashes a spirit and enables us to explore the wonderful world of the unknown. Watercolour techniques can enable the artist to explore images and concepts expressively, abstractly, realistically and intimately with the freedom that transparency, colour and water allow.
Nettie will guide the participants through a series of fun, creative, visual exercises, exploring watercolour techniques including colour theory exercises, using different types of papers, tone, texture, depth, light, masking, expression, abstraction and realism. Following a series of demonstrations, the participants will experiment with all aspects demonstrated and work up a final piece of work of their own with one on one instruction from Nettie. This workshop is beneficial for beginners to advanced and for those with no previous art experience.
Pre-requisites: curiosity, a love of water colour
‘I enjoyed the session with Nettie immensely. Nettie is such an inspiring, patient, kind and wonderful teacher. I’m inspired to do more creative artwork after the class with Nettie. I would definitely do future classes with Nettie should she be teaching at North Sydney community centre again.’
a small (inexpensive) box of watercolour paints of basic primary and secondary colours; An A4 or A3 watercolour paper pad (preferably Arches, Rough, 185gm), a #4 watercolour paintbrush.
Nettie Lodge is an Australian artist. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art, John Curtain University, WA., a Post Graduate in painting from the Banff Centre of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. She exhibits regularly at the Soho Galleries in Sydney where she has held numerous solo shows since 1995. Her last exhibition at the SOHO was in 2016, entitled 53 DEGREES SOUTH, based on a voyage to the Sub Antarctic Islands. Her most recent solo exhibition was a conceptual interpretation of the poem THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, at the Manly Art gallery and Museum, in December 2017. This involved over 40 works on paper and a 3D narrative installation of a ghost ship. For the past 15 years she has been writing and illustrating children’s books. In 2005, her children’s picture book BIRD, published by ABC Books won a NOTABLE BOOK MERIT at the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. She is currently publishing with Harper Collins and her current project is a new children’s picture book entitled DAVE, about a Tasmanian Devil, which she has written and illustrated. For the past 15 years she has worked in Sydney as a freelance illustrator and a part time lecturer at the Billy Blue College of Visual Communication, Torrens University.