Painting Coastal Landscapes in Water Colour

This five-day course will have a mixture of plein-air and studio painting. Each morning the students will paint at selected sites around the Town of Lunenburg and bring these works into the studio during the afternoon. Any source material such as sketches, photos or even memory may be drawn upon to further develop a more finished painting. Concepts such as composition, brush work, colour etc., will be discussed in relation to each student’s work. During each day Tom will give a demonstration of his painting technique along with group and one-on-one instruction. No experience necessary.


Students should bring:

  • Water colour brushes: minimum one large wash brush 1” or larger and one round brush #6 or larger. Any other brushes you may already have.
  • Water colour paper: artist quality if possible, 4 sheets 22” x 30” to cut up. Tom uses 140lb cold press.
  • Water colour paint: artist quality if possible, one each – red, yellow, blue and dark brown at a minimum. FYI: Tom’s palette includes cadmium yellow, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, cerulean blue, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber, paynes grey, sepia, and titanium white.
  • Water colour palette, water container and easel.
  • Pencil and eraser.
  • OPTIONAL: chair, sunscreen, sponges, paper towel and any mediums such as masking fluid. Be prepared to work outdoors.

About Tom Ward:

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1959, Tom studied geology at Dalhousie University and worked for four years in the oceanography department at the university. In 1986, he pursued a combined degree in Fine Arts and Art Education at NSCAD University in Halifax, graduating in 1991. He worked for a year as a teacher. Since 1993 he has been working full-time as a painter in watercolour. Tom’s goal is to paint the light and what that particular light evokes in fact and mood. He is drawn to a consideration of how we mark time in the rhythms of daily rural life and how the cyclical aspect of nature holds a quality of the eternal. He is also drawn by the relationship that exists between the landscape, the ocean and the people. Tom’s paintings may be seen at Peer Gallery in Lunenburg, and are in private collections internationally. His solo shows have sold out on numerous occasions.