Traditionally watercolours are painted on paper and protected under a mount and glass. What if you could break free? What if you were no long restricted by size or the tyranny of framing? This weekend will explore how using new surface preparations watercolourists can enjoy working on canvas without the need to hide their images away behind the glare of glass.
In June 2019 Crowood Press published a book simply called 'Watercolours on Canvas' by Liz Chaderton. Now you can spend a day exploring this new way of working. We will learn to prepare our own canvases , as well as get used to the different way of working on canvas. All materials will be provided except for the canvas you will prepare. You will need to bring one of a suitable size - not too huge for a start! Suggested 50x50, 40x60 or similar. Some experience of painting in watercolour is necessary, though you need a spirit of adventure more than years of experience.
Our venue is Micklems Farm in Knowl Hill. During lockdown Micklems refurbished the studio putting in new flooring to facilitate cleaning, new desks to help with social distancing and a camera system to enable demonstrations at a greater distance. Lunch is no longer included to prevent cross contamination. During good weather there is wonderful outside space to be enjoyed. Cleanliness and hand washing is actively encouraged. If you are not feeling well or are self isolating, please do not attend. In turn, the tutor promises not to teach if not well or isolating. If I am unable to teach I will of course refund you in full.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
The price is £95 per person which includes all materials (except the canvas you choose to bring) and refreshments. A list of local hotels can be provided if you want to make a short break of it.
1 day (10:00am to 4:30am)
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The course was absolutely brilliant. Liz was very welcoming and the venue was well organised and much thought and consideration had been given to making the environment relaxed, friendly and Covid safe.
Liz is a brilliant artist and tutor, she was very informative and was so open about her process, techniques and tips - which she generously shared.
The day was paced well and gave plenty of time to experiment and learn new techniques before applying them to a finished piece. She gave several group demonstrations throughout the day which showed each step clearly. This made the course really accessible to both beginners and more experienced artists alike. Throughout the day, Liz was on hand to give encouragement, advice and the benefit of her vast watercolour knowledge which was inspirational.
I can’t praise the day highly enough and would recommend her courses. She has a great teaching style that encourages you to be free and without the constraints of lots of watercolour ‘rules’ which was so refreshing.
Thank you for such a great day!
Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:Thank you so much Tracey, both for taking the time to write a review and for the review itself! I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. You are obviously a very experienced artist so it means a lot to me that you got lots out of the day. I hope you are now a little hooked on painting watercolours on canvas!
I really enjoyed the day yesterday and it was great to try something new with using watercolours on canvas. Liz's instructions were all very clear and delivered with great enthusiasm and knowledge. We produced two pieces of work and came home with a prepared canvas for our own project. It was interesting to see how watercolours reacted to the canvas and to work on the technique of layering. I would thoroughly recommend Liz's courses.
Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:Thank you so much for the lovely review, and I’m pleased you enjoyed it. I hope you use your canvas to paint something at a more leisurely pace! Hope to see you again soon.
Liz's workshop was excellent!
In respect of the current situation with Covid every precaution and adherence to protocols were completely explained and adhered to throughout and I felt safe.
Liz had prepared well with the tutorials, practical sessions, with everything we needed at our workstations.
She is a gifted, knowledgeable, generous and enthusiastic tutor, with the ability to explain, inspire and support across a mixed ability class.
A lovely setting and a very welcoming and relaxed atmosphere conducive to learning even though we worked hard.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would love to attend another of Liz’s workshops should an opportunity arise.
Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:Hi Sue, what a lovely review! Thank you for taking the time to do it. Really pleased you enjoyed the course and hope to welcome you back to another one soon.
A great weekend. Such a lovely venue. I’m a bit of a novice at watercolours but Liz eased us into it with a progression of exercises and paintings. I’m thrilled with the results and have learnt so much. Brilliant teacher. I just wish I could show you what I’ve achieved!!
Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:Thanks for such a lovely review Gill! I really want to see your finished landscape with it’s perfect piece of watercolour😀!
I enjoyed a splendid 2 days learning how to paint water colour paint onto canvas.Liz our Tutor was excellent and made the process seem logical, possible, and pleasurable. I am a convert. Liz was supportive at every stage and gave very detailed instruction plus very useful tips she had gained from personal experience. The studio was well lit, warm and spacious. I would definitely recommend the course and venue to friends.
Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:Thanks Hilary - really appreciate you doing the review and also delighted to know you enjoyed the weekend. It is a super venue, isn't it? Glad to know I have another convert!!
Positive comments but constructive criticism and good suggestions.
A great experience with someone who knows her stuff.
Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:Thank you David for the great review! And, it has earned me my gold award, so double thanks. I am glad you enjoyed the weekend.
The course was excellent and in a well lit studio on a beautiful farm. It was interesting and well prepared with materials all to hand. Liz's creativity and gentle encouragement really help to bring out the best.
I was very sorry that family pressures prevented me from going back on the second day of her workshop but delighted that I managed to attend the first part, at very short notice.
Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:Hi Pip, thanks for such a lovely review and I am so glad you managed to join us. It's such a lovely way of working. Please keep trying it and hope to see you again in the near future!
Liz is a great tutor, creating a lovely warm, relaxed atmosphere conducive to making us creative. She’s well prepared and clear in all her instructions and has the perfect balance of encouragement and constructive critique.
Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:Thank you so much for taking the time to review the weekend. I’m glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you in 2020!