Contemporary Natives in Watercolour on Clayboard | Libby Derham Bienarté

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Contemporary Natives in Watercolour on Clayboard | Libby Derham

Contemporary Natives in Watercolour on Clayboard | Libby Derham

About the workshop

Day 1: Come and explore the wonderful qualities of watercolour, mark-making and ink. 
Be inspired by beautiful natives such as Banksias and paint from life with award winning artist, Libby Derham. 
Working with artist-quality materials and the rich colours of Daniel Smith paints, you will learn skills to loosen up representational and expressive watercolour painting on paper. 
Day 1 will build a collection of marks and sketches, developing you looser style, in preparation for Day 2.

Day 2: After building the foundation and familiarity of the subject and looser painting style on Day 1, Day 2 teaches skills of selection and composition from preparatory work, identifying and building of tone and working on dual paintings. 
You will step across from smooth paper substrates to the ultrasmooth surface of Clayboard, learning new possibilities of this intriguing material.

Who is this workshop suitable for?

Suitable for absolute beginners, but people with some previous experience in watercolour will also get a lot out of working with Clayboard.

What do I need to bring?

Ampersand Claybord 8" x 8" Your choice of thickness. 

Please bring a collection of fresh or dry flowers, natives or plant material to draw from.
HB or 2B pencil

Fabriano Studio Watercolour pad (25% cotton)- 300 gsm Smooth (hot press)- White A3

Paper towel, masking tape (Bear 24mm x 50m washi from Bunnings is good)

You are welcome to bring some Banksias and Natives to the workshop

Libby will supply:
Paints - made up palettes of Daniel Smith Watercolours @ $10 for 2 days workshop per student 
Colours Included:  Buff Titanium, Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Gold, Pyrrol Scarlet, Pyrrol Crimson, Quinacridone Rose, Imperial Purple, Ultramarine, Cerulean Blue Chromium, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), Phthalo Green (Blue Shade), Undersea Green, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Goethite (Brown Ochre), Burnt Sienna, Tiger's Eye, Indian Red, Raw Umber, Payne's Gray
Art Spectrum Ink - in small dropper bottles 
Plastic pipettes

Bienarté will supply:
Mop brushes - large for washes, small for detail 
Spray bottles of water 
Protection for tables 
A3 Clipboards 

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

What else is provided?

  • Tea, coffee and biscuits (please bring your own cup)
  • A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
  • Connection to the Bienarté art community

About the Tutor

An award-winning artist, Libby is a fourth-generation water-colourist, passionate at pushing the medium into the contemporary space. She won the Annie Tan Memorial Watercolour Award - Queensland Regional Art Awards (2021) and has been a finalist in multiple local and national awards including Splash: McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award (2021), QRAA (2020), Local Artist Local Content (2023/2022/2021/2020) and Du Rietz Art Awards (2021/2020).

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