Painting Landscapes in Water Colour

This one-day workshop will give students the basics of painting a watercolour landscape. Students are encouraged to bring their own photos, unfinished paintings, or drawings of a landscape from which to work from. During the class Tom will be painting a landscape of his own between one on one and group instruction. Topics include choice of palette, materials, mixing colour, drawing, and how to proceed in steps toward a finished painting.


Participants should bring:

  • Watercolour paints consisting of at least a red, yellow and blue and some earth colours like yellow ochre and burnt sienna or sepia.
  • A watercolour palette.
  • Watercolour brushes, at least a smaller round and a large wash brush.
  • Watercolour paper. If possible buy an artist quality paper. one sheet (22’ x 30”) cut into four pieces is more than sufficient.
  • A rigid support to tape or clip your paper to.
  • Water container, paper towel, masking tape or clips.
  • An easel (optional)

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. From 1986-1991, he pursued a combined degree in Fine Arts and Art Education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. 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. In terms of composition, Tom tends toward strong abstract patterns of light and shadow within the realist images he paints.