- April 7, 2021 - April 11, 2021
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Harry Westera, NSW. Watercolour
Experience and paint this beautiful part of Australia: the mighty Clarence River, from the headwaters to the coast: cane fields, farms, bridges, boats, town scenes, cliffs and beaches.
Harry has held five solo exhibitions of watercolour landscapes of Grafton and the surrounding Clarence Valley. He knows all the best subjects and places! (interesting outlooks, shade, conveniences, nearby cafes, good coffee etc!) Weather permitting, we will spend two or three afternoons painting on location in and around Grafton.
The first two days will be spent ‘in the studio’ working from photo images and possibly a still-life set up.
A large selection of images will be provided but do bring a selection of your own images, of any subject, as well. An ipad (optional) would be useful for airdropping shared images.
We also plan to have several outdoor painting sessions at nearby locations by the Clarence River. Harry specialises in demonstrating the watercolour painting as he teaches.
The Five Threes
Five clear teaching points will be introduced in the first two days via the many small sketches that we will do. These points will be constantly returned to over the five days of the workshop.
- Dark, middle, light: There will be a strong emphasis on using simplified tones and shapes to create artworks that communicate both subject and mood with clarity and strength. From the start we will learn a simple yet powerful process for painting any subject.
- Red, yellow, blue: Using a limited palette we will develop a clearer understanding of colour qualities: bright, pastel, dull, muddy, etc. We will learn this through actual paintings rather than formal exercises.
- Warm, neutral, cool: Develop colour and tonal subtlety with the use of the earth colours: ochres, siennas, umbers as well as grey tints.
- Foreground, midground, background: develop your ability to compose landscapes which are interesting and dynamic, creating either a sense of distance or the illusion of three-dimensionality on the flat watercolour paper.
- Dry, damp, wet: Investigate and practise the lush quality of free and loose watercolour: fluid brushstrokes, lost and found edges, colours mixing on the paper, the suggestive textures of dry brush effects – and more! These qualities make watercolour painting the exciting and alluring medium that it is.
These five easy points will bolster your watercolour toolkit and help you to better paint any subject or mood that you choose, whether you are a novice at watercolour or are a more experienced artist.
Harry Westera lives and works on the North Coast of NSW. As a qualified art teacher of many years’ experience, Harry conducts regular lessons and extended workshops across the Northern Rivers region of NSW. He has conducted drawing and watercolour workshops in Italy, Norfolk Island, Central Australia, Sydney and regional centres. Harry’s subject matter is broad and his art practice encompasses watercolour, oils and daily drawing.
Harry trained in classical drawing and painting methods at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney and with respected Tonal Impressionist artist Graeme Inson. An Honours degree in Art History from Sydney University and a formal Diploma of Education underpin his broad practical art and teaching experience.
Harry has been selected as a finalist for the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize at Lismore Regional Gallery five times, and has been awarded many prizes across Australia over many years.
Venue: Grafton High School