The Art of Watercolour

This 10 weeks course is about learning to paint in watercolour. This wonderful medium offers many possibilities. It is portable, relatively inexpensive and easy to use at home. Students will learn the basics of studio practice including setup, materials, palette colours and other materials such as brushes and paper. Topics such as choice of subject, composition and drawing will be covered. There will be painting demonstrations by Tom and individual as well as group instruction. This is an indoor course and students will be working in an open studio area.

Students Should Bring:

  • Watercolour brushes: minimum one large wash brush 1” or larger and one round brush #6 or larger. Any other brushes you may already have.
  • Watercolour paper: artist quality if possible, 4 sheets 22” x 30” to cut up. FYI, Tom uses 140lb cold press paper.
  • Watercolour 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.
  • Watercolour palette, water container and easel.
  • Pencil and eraser.

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 water colour. 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.