Watercolours: From Imagination to the Page

Class capacity: 6 - 12 students

The medium of watercolour is extensive, mysterious, beautiful and spontaneous.

Artist and tutor Nettie Lodge will guide participants through a series of fun, creative visual exercises. Together, you will explore watercolour techniques including colour theory, the use of different types of papers, tone, texture, depth, light, masking, expression, abstraction and realism.

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.

Following a series of tutor demonstrations, participants will experiment with the techniques and work up a final piece of their own, with one-on-one guidance from Nettie.

This workshop is beneficial for beginners to advanced, and for those with no previous art experience. The only prerequisites are curiosity and a love of watercolour.

Materials List

A4 185 gm medium or rough ARCHES watercolour pad a set of INEXPENSIVE watercolours that include primary and secondary colours (red, blue, yellow, green, purple, orange) A no. 2 and a No 4 watercolour brush An HB lead pencil An eraser A pencil sharpener

Tutor: Nettie Lodge

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.