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Ontario Birds in Graphite and Watercolour -- Southampton Art School

Ontario Birds in Graphite and Watercolour -- Southampton Art School
Location:  Southampton  Art  School

Box  115 High Street,  Southampton, Ontario

Date: June 10, 11 & 12 , 2022
Length: 3 days
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with 1 hour for lunch
Cost: $
To register contact Art School Director
Tel: 519-797-5068
Or Michael Spillane: 905-891-8422


One of the reasons for the growing popularity of bird watching in Ontario is the role of groups like the Friends of MacGregor Point Provincial Park who provide continued support so that many people can visit and enjoy this protected area along the shores of Lake Huron. In this unique workshop Michael will guide you through step-by-step projects including graphite drawing with subtle watercolour washes and full watercolour bird paintings. The workshop is perfect for any level of art experience and will suit both casual nature lovers and serious ornithologists alike.

Day one: The first day of the workshop will focus on drawing techniques and exploring the potential of graphite as a medium for bird and nature drawing. The Red-breasted Nuthatch (or similar subject) will be the focus of the day. 

Day two: will move on to full watercolour painting – including the Indigo Bunting (or similar) as a project. Michael will introduce many interesting watercolour techniques, including spray painting a background, mixing accurate colours, masking the subject and realistic drybrushing and glazing for detail.

Day three: will continue with another subject for watercolour painting, this time a Common Redpoll (or similar), shown as more of an illustrative bird portrait.


See below for supply list


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