Watercolour Portraits with Archibald winner Cherry Hood Bienarté

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Watercolour Portraits with Archibald winner Cherry Hood

Watercolour Portraits with Archibald winner Cherry Hood

Cherry Hood is renowned for her unique large-scale works derived from photographs.
Characterised by translucent watery marks, her haunting images reflect emotional detachment but have an exaggerated captivating presence. The huge eyed faces follow you around, drinking you in, daring you look away, always drawing you back for one more glimpse.

Cherry has won major art awards, including Australia’s Archibald Prize and her works can be seen in major galleries.
Join Cherry in this 3 day workshop where she will share with you her special techniques to create your very own large scale watercolour painting of a face.
This workshop is not about creating a likeness of someone – it’s all about creating a amazing, unique painting using the wonderful medium of watercolour.

What will I learn?

Working from your own photograph of a face, and with step by step demonstrations from Cherry, you will be guided on how to:
• scale-up the image without losing the proportions
• use large brushes and watery paint to create a unique style of painting
• there is the option to use a projector to transfer the image onto paper instead of drawing using her scale up techniques.

Cherry encourages her students to “really go for it”, using loose painting, pouring and even their hands, so that the end result is like nothing they’ve ever painted before.

Who is this workshop suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for all skills levels.

Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

What do I need to bring?


Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

Come to the workshop with your image photocopied and blown up

• Bring your lunch and snacks or you can purchase from cafes close by. We do have a fridge and microwave at the studio for your convenience.

• Bring your painting gear and as many questions as you wish to ask.

What will be provided?

• Tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own cup)
• a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
• connection to the Bienarte art community

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • Loved everything single thing about it! Cherry was amazing. I’ve done her workshops before. It was my first time at Bienarté. The venue was fabulous, as were Yasmin and Marcel. Will definitely be back. Melanie. L from Brassall
  • Cherry gave us all generous individual attention and was such fun. Heartily recommend her workshops. G. Heldon, Gold Coast
  • A rare opportunity to see first hand an inspirational talented artist at work , to be instructed in their technique and be given the secrets of their palette and mixing techniques.