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COURSES IN WATERCOLOUR, by Johan Brink

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Art-for-All offers two courses in watercolour - one for beginners, and another for more advanced artists -


• Watercolour – beginners and beyond.

• “Paint with Johan” mentoring workshop.


Our fully equipped, air-conditioned studio in Storms River Village offers easels, table workstations and other basic studio equipment. Materials required for your courses can be supplied through the studio if you cannot get hold of everything you need to bring with. Please arrange with us before the time!


WATERCOLOUR - BEGINNERS & BEYOND (3 days)


Content


This course is your personalised introduction into the wonderful world of watercolour! Watercolour is the fastest growing medium both in South Africa and internationally. For much too long people have been led to believe that watercolour is a very difficult medium to master. Not true! Here, you'll learn how in a fun, relaxed way! Johan has been painting in watercolour for more than 20 years and teaching the medium for more than 10 years. So you'll be in good hands! In Art-for-All's fully-equipped, air-conditioned (and loadshedding proof!) studio, you'll be taught all you need to know to successfully paint in watercolour. From the very basics about equipment to colour mixing, perspective, technique and much more. Step by step tuition in a relaxed but professional environment will enable you to go home with not only at least one complete work but, more importantly, with the skill and ability to continue on the road to success. We can supply much of what you'll need at cost, or you can bring your own equipment.


Materials required


• Watercolour paints, preferably in tubes. We recommend Winsor & Newton “Cotman” paints. Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Orange, Light Red, Cerulean Blue, French Ultra Marine, Cobalt Blue, Winsor (or Prussian) Blue, Raw Umber, Alizarin Crimson, Indian Red, Raw Sienna, Hooker’s Green, Payne’s Grey. We do, however, supply you with a palette with sufficient paint to last you through the course.


Masking fluid. Dala makes a good one. Share a bottle with someone if you can… it goes a long way!

• Watercolour paper. We will supply for initial exercises and charge per sheet used thereafter. We recommend Saunders, Arches or Fabriano 300 gram Not (cold pressed) paper (or, preferably, 640 gram.) Bockingford 425g will do and is less expensive. Beware of cheap paper! Brown gummed tape, 1 ½ inch wide. We will supply.


• Watercolour brushes: This is tricky… bring what you’ve got. The best brush is sable hair, but very expensive. Winsor & Newton’s “Sceptre Gold” brushes are recommended. They are a mix of sable and synthetic… lovely brushes that will last for many years, hold large amounts of paint. Beware of cheap brushes. If you buy synthetic brushes, get the best quality. You will need:


1 x round No. 14, 1 x round No. 8, 1 x 1 & ¾ inch “hake” brush (45mm) and 1 x 19mm flat brush or mop brush. This is VERY important for washes, so a filbert of either squirrel or sable/synthetic is recommended. Please call Johan at (082) 296 2000 for advice.


• Plastic palette with at least 12 wells for holding paint. This is very important… or two smaller palettes will do. We supply this with paint for the course and you can purchase it after the course.


• Ruler, good-quality pencils (1 x 2B, 1 x 4B), pencil sharpener, putty eraser, sketch pad.


• Masking tape, 36mm wide.


• Craft knife or “Stanley” knife… nice to have, or use ours.


• Most importantly, enthusiasm - as much as you can bring! It costs nothing.


"PAINT WITH JOHAN" MENTORING WORKSHOP (3 days)


Not for beginners.


Content


Spend three days tapping into the creative experience with your fellow participants as we paint in the relaxed atmosphere of the air-conditioned Art-for-All Studio in the lovely village of Storms River in the Tsitsikamma. We can comfortably accommodate 6 artists, each at their own work station. Be inspired by Johan's demonstrations of landscape painting, recognisable abstracts and fast, fun work. Each artists decides what she or he would like to do and we then tap into the creative energy of everyone. The learning curve is dramatic as we all gather creativity from one another. Also benefit from casual discussions on how to market your art, making art prints, and framing. This course is not for beginners. Bring your cameras, as you can spend some time in and around the lovely Storms River gathering material to paint.


Materials


Bring along your usual art materials and watercolour paper. Also refer to the “Materials” section above. Please call Johan at (082) 296 2000 for advice.



COSTS


R3000 per 3-day course (including refreshments during breaks and 3 lunches).

• Costs are the same for both courses.

Discount of 5% for groups (two or more people)

Regular weekly classes can be arranged.

Discount for local residents. Please enquire.

• A deposit of R1500 is required upon booking, with the balance due when the course starts; or we can arrange a monthly payment plan. Fifty per cent of the deposit can be refunded if a cancellation is received up to one month before the course starts; no refunds if cancelled less than a month before the course or if the course has been postponed already.


2024 WATERCOLOUR COURSE SCHEDULE


JAN. 3 - 5 (Wed. to Fri.) Watercolour – Beginners and Beyond. JAN. 15 - 17 (Mon. to Wed.) “Paint with Johan” mentoring workshop. FEB. 7- 9 (Wed. to Fri.) Watercolour – Beginners and Beyond. FEB. 19 - 21 (Mon. to Wed. “Paint with Johan” mentoring workshop. MAR. 6 - 8 (Wed. to Fri.) Watercolour – Beginners and Beyond. MAR. 18 - 20 (Mon. to Wed.) “Paint with Johan” mentoring workshop. APR. 3 - 5 (Wed. to Fri.) Watercolour – Beginners and Beyond. APR. 15 - 17 (Mon. to Wed.) “Paint with Johan” mentoring workshop. MAY 8 - 10 (Wed. to Fri.) Watercolour – Beginners and Beyond. MAY 20 - 22 (Mon. to Wed.) “Paint with Johan” mentoring workshop. JUNE 5 - 7 (Wed. to Fri.) Watercolour – Beginners and Beyond. JUNE 17 - 19 (Mon. to Wed.) “Paint with Johan” mentoring workshop. JULY 3 - 5 (Wed. to Fri.) Watercolour – Beginners and Beyond. JULY 15 - 17 (Mon. to Wed.) “Paint with Johan” mentoring workshop. AUG. 7 - 9 (Wed. to Fri.) Watercolour – Beginners and Beyond. AUG. 19 - 21 (Mon. to Wed.) “Paint with Johan” mentoring workshop. SEPT. 4 - 6 (Wed. to Fri.) Watercolour – Beginners and Beyond. SEPT. 16 - 18 (Mon. to Wed.) “Paint with Johan” mentoring workshop. OCT. 2 - 4 (Wed. to Fri.) Watercolour – Beginners and Beyond. OCT. 14 - 16 (Mon. to Wed.) “Paint with Johan” mentoring workshop. NOV. 6 - 8 (Wed. to Fri.) Watercolour – Beginners and Beyond. NOV. 18 -20 (Mon. to Wed.) “Paint with Johan” mentoring workshop. DEC. 4 - 6 (Wed. to Fri.) Watercolour – Beginners and Beyond.

By arrangement after 15 December.

(Tailor-made courses are also available.)


ACCOMMODATION & ACTIVITIES


Storms River Village is a popular adventure tourism destination that offers adventure and outdoors activities, nature trails, birding, restaurants and a spa. Selected accommodation options are available to our students at preferential rates - all within walking distance of the studio. The relevant information will also be supplied to you. Give us a call - we would love to share our art and our village with you. Also, have a peek at our Facebook page and website:



Enquiries: Johan Brink (082) 296 2000 / jsfbrink99@gmail.com


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