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Feathered Friends, Painting Birds in Watercolour
  • Beginner
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Subject / Focus
Painting Birds in Watercolour
Class Description
Working from drawings and photos, participants will create watercolour paintings of a variety of birds, including a pair of cardinals. Paintings will be demonstrated step by step.
About the Artist
Nancy is an award-winning artist, teacher and juror. She is a Director of the Toronto Watercolour Society (TWS), Past President of the Society of York Region Artists (SOYRA) and a Master member of the International Watercolour Society. Nancy has exhibited her work in many solo shows and juried group shows including TWS Aquavision, IWS, Art Aurora, Society of York Region Artists (SOYRA), and Blue Mountain Foundation of the Arts (BMFA) shows. She has received several First Place, Honourable Mention and People's Choice Awards.

Nancy has been a guest instructor for many art societies such as the Banbury Group of Artists, Don Valley Art Club and the Marsh Street Painters, Clarksburg. She gives workshops and teaches regular sessions of classes at the Aurora Cultural Centre. Nancy has been an instructor at the Haliburton School of the Arts for many years. In June of 2015, 2016 and 2017 Nancy was an instructor for the Blue Mountain School of Landscape where the focus was painting en plein air.
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Supplies Students Should Bring:

Paint / art media
Paint / art media: Professional Quality Transparent Watercolours

- Raw Sienna
- Aureolin or Lemon Yellow (cool)
- Indian Yellow (warm)
- Quinacridone Gold
- Quinacridone Burnt Orange (optional)

- Permanent Red or Scarlet Lake (warm)
- Quinacridone Rose or Permanent Rose (cool)

- Cobalt Blue
- Ultramarine Blue
- Cerulean Blue

- Sap Green
- Perylene Green

- Permanent Magenta
- Winsor Dioxacine Violet

- Burnt Sienna
Art Surface / Support
- 140 lb. cold press Arches watercolour, sheets cut to 11 x 15” and 7.5 X 22”
- Painting support board; coroplast or plexiglass to fit paper
Supplies and Tools
- Masking tape to affix watercolour paper to support board
- 2 water containers
- Kleenex and paper towels

Brushes: Use what you have
- medium sized pointed rounds (#8, 10 or 12)
- small rounds (# 2 ,4 or 6)
-1” Escoda 8247 hogs hair brush (optional)
- ½”, or ¾” or 1” flat watercolour stroke brush
Reference materials
The instructor will provide:
- reference photographs and drawings

Materials Instructor Will Bring:

Materials the instructor will provide
- Photographs and drawings

Workshop Outline: Complete: All-4 Class Series, 1 only-Single Session, 1 & 2 - Saturday OR Full Day

Session 1
Day 1
- Brief look at the structure of birds and how to sketch birds
- Choose and draw/trace birds for Birds on a Branch painting
- Demonstrate under painting of birds
- Add second layer of pigments define volume
- Add details with small brush
Session 2
Day 2
- Complete detail layer of birds and connect with branches/wire.
- Sharing/critique
- Draw/trace two cardinals
- Complete under painting of cardinals
Session 3
Day 3
- Add depth, volume and texture to cardinals
- Add details to eyes, feathers, feet
- Complete background branch, sky
- Sharing/critique

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