Light Effects in Watercolour | Jan Lawnikanis Bienarté

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Light Effects in Watercolour | Jan Lawnikanis

Light Effects in Watercolour | Jan Lawnikanis

About the workshop

Mastering the use of tone, colour, light and shadows is essential for successful watercolour paintings. 

With a combination of theory, demonstrations and individual projects, you will gain new skills for manipulating subject matter to depict different moods and effects.  

Learn how to create atmospheric impressions to suit a variety of subjects while discovering the differences in natural and artificial light

Jan will include lots of information and demonstrations to clarify this subject that is often either misunderstood or not known about at all. Completing a still-life painting will consolidate this new information that can be applied to all media and subject matter.

Who is this workshop suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for intermediate to advance painters who wish to extend on their watercolour skills and techniques.


What do I need to bring?

Beginners without materials will be able to gain access to everything they need for just $30 - just click on the link below.

Bring a range of transparent professional quality watercolours in your preferred brand. 

You will require 300gsm Cold Pressed watercolour paper in Medium or Rough. Experienced watercolourists may prefer Hot Pressed paper instead. My recommendation is to buy a watercolour block as the paper is already stretched. ¼ or ½ sheet size is fine. Quality brands are Arches or Saunders Waterford. Student quality paper just doesn’t work well. Make sure the paper is 100% Cotton.

Bring whatever watercolour brushes you already own, but include at least two ‘rounds’ with a sharp point (one small and one larger), plus a larger ‘mop’ brush for backgrounds. 
There are so many good brushes on the market I won’t specify any particular brand, but just make sure they are designated watercolour brushes.

The large plastic palettes with lots of wells and a lid are my recommendation. Make sure it has a large enough mixing area.

Larger than your paper and something to prop up under one end for working at an angle.

Other Necessities – Drawing equipment (pencils, eraser, ruler etc, plus pen and paper for taking notes), 1 sheet of graphite transfer paper (not carbon paper), an old towel or hand towel, tissues, 2 plastic containers for water, and masking tape. A medicine dropper or plastic pipette for squirting small amounts of water would also be handy.

Jan will supply the reference material for this workshop.

What else is provided?

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

About the Tutor

Jan Lawnikanis has been teaching art classes consistently for the past 26 years and tutored over 200 workshops in a variety of media. Students have praised Jan for her teaching skills and preparation which has gained her an excellent reputation with all ages.

Jan has been the featured artist in Australian Artist Magazine, with 5 full-length articles on using coloured pencils. Other publications include the Paradise Magazine-GC Bulletin, Art Newsflash, the International Watercolour Institute catalogue, the Coloured Pencil Magazine, the Australian Coloured Pencil Network, Art Edit magazine and Artwise textbook for the Australian Curriculum.

Her award-winning artworks hang in many private and corporate collections.

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

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