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Watercolour: Painting Children’s Portraits


Tuesdays, October 9, 16, 23, & 30    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor:  Francis Marte

Have you always wanted to try painting a photo of your child, grandchild or other little loved ones using watercolours in a realistic style? This step-by-step class uses photo references to create watercolour portraits that look great and capture the characters of the subjects.

Week One:  Material & preparation. The best photo reference; understanding composition; creating a good drawing; analyzing skin tones.

Week Two:  The first layers – working on balance & forms. The right mix of colours; watercolour techniques. The importance of value & tone.

Week Three:  Details – the most exciting part! Paying close attention to your reference photo & to your painting overall, colour temperature while working into the smaller areas & more about value, tone. Refining your painting by applying the finishing touches; choosing the right background.

Week Four:  Bring your own reference photo & apply everything you’ve learned to produce your own watercolour portrait masterpiece. Lots of individual instruction in this class as you see your child portrait painting come to life!

About the Instructor:  Francis is a professional watercolourist specializing in realistic landscape, cityscape, still life, figurative, and portrait paintings. From an early age Francis has always had a meticulous fascination for images, how the world is represented in the eyes of others, and what makes beautiful scenes and objects eye-catching. Living in Jasper in 2007, then moving to Edmonton in 2010, Francis`s love of both the outdoors and the city has grown tremendously. Francis is a self-taught artist, but he has also had training at the City Arts Centre. His works have been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Harcourt House, and the Lotus Gallery among others.

Supplies: Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies:

  • Watercolour paint (15ml): Yellow Ochre   Quinacridone Rose   Burnt Sienna  Van Dyke Brown   Ultramarine Blue   Lemon Yellow or Hansa Yellow
  • Support: 1 Sheet Arches 300lb Hot Press watercolour paper
  • Brushes: Watercolour (preferably sable) brushes #000, #6, & #12
  • Masking tape + Kneadable eraser + 8b or 6B pencil + at least 2 small watercolour palettes

Please bring suitable art clothes, hand-/tea towel, notepad, snack, & drink.

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