Watercolour Course Workshop with Michael Solovyev, Beloeil, Quebec, August 27th 2017

Watercolour course Quebec
Michael Solovyev is a celebrated watercolour and oils painter in Canada and his courses are met with critical acclaim and rave reviews. He doesn´t teach many workshops but when he does the places get snapped up really quickly. We´ve been begging him to let us know when his next course is and he kindly sent us the information about his latest Course Workshop in Beloeil, Quebec, on this August 27th, 2017. Here are the details:


Where: 991 Rue Richelieu, Beloeil, Québec J3G 4P8
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/3avuSLzvNtm

Plein Air starting at 10:30 AM at Cafe “Brasseurs du Moulin”
Please arrive 15 minutes before the start.
Free parking space available near the café.


10:30 – 11:30
Master Class:
Step-by-step demonstration of detailed expressive and dynamic paintings with a fresh and contemporary approach.

11:30 – 13:00
Creating the artwork. Use all the techniques and methods to complete your projects while receiving one-on-one feedback and correction from the instructor. Understand how to plan your painting and how to work out the details properly.

13:00 – 13:30
Lunch Break. A restaurant located at the very same building offers you its gastronomic choices. The cost of lunch is not included and must be paid separately.

13:30 – 15:30
Step-by-step creation of watercolours under the guidance of the instructor.
Learn the best ways to use your materials and steps to begin, develop and complete a painting.

Price: $ 120 before taxes. All the materials will be provided and included!!
To make a payment please follow this link:

Only 10 places available so be quick, first come first served!

Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/272186186498371/

Canadian PM’s watercolour sketch sold for thousands

Justin Trudeau MP
Alice and Grant Burton, Torontonians and previous benefactors to the Winnipeg human rights museum, but a watercolour sketch drawn by the (now) prime minister Justin Trudeau. For the princely sum of CAD25k the watercolour smashed its two thousand dollar estimate. Politics aside what do you think of the sketch?! (see the painting in the National Post article link below)

Justin Trudeau’s watercolour sketch of Winnipeg human rights museum

Lalita Hamill painting courses 2016

Lalita Hamill Watercolour Courses

The renowned B.C. artist, highly successful painter and philosophy graduate Lalita Hamill trained at the Vancouver Academy of Art and has now been teaching for over thirty years. She skillfully mixes inspiration from historical, mythical and philosophical subjects into magnificent, beautiful and culturally important paintings. Her paintings evoke Titian works, and her style is reminiscent of the old masters.

She grew up in a small town in northern British Columbia and graduated over twenty years ago with a philosophy degree from the University of Victoria with a view to becoming a philosophy professor. On her search to find paintings to match her burgeoning interest in subjects including Plato’s cave she was surprised to only find a limited number. After formal classical training in the Vancouver Academy of Arts ten years ago she became the sole breadwinner for her family and daughter for 5 years when her husband Patrick was involved in a car accident (fortunately he is now fully recovered).

Her background in teaching various fields was a great starting point for creating courses. Since then she has become a firm fixture on the Canadian painting course scene winning the Grand Prize at the 2014 Annual International Representational Show in Vancouver.

A Battle of the Brush Season 2 participant, she is a great teacher who manages a full timetable of courses for students of all levels in watercolours, acrylics and her favorite medium of oil.  She went to Guiyang, China on an exchange of West Canadian artists where she brought western philosophical ideas to the east through her works in critically acclaimed shows.

Watercolour and painting courses in 2016:

Come and get your painting critiqued at Langley’s City Library!
You don’t even need to be a painter to come and take part in these free art critiques. The community based arts organization Langley Arts Council sponsors the evenings. May 30, June 27, 2016.

Studio Classes
Come to Lalita’s studio in Walnut Grove for select classes with small groups in all painting mediums including watercolour. Over 4-hour sessions you can either learn the basics of painting or tailor your path the next level of artistic prowess through a personal analysis by Lalita. Contact her to schedule your sessions. Tuesdays to June 21 and/or Wednesdays until June 22, 2016.

Summer Institute in Teacher Education
From July 4th to 8th and July 11th to 15th at with the University of Fraser Valley, Lalita is offering teacher education training in her Cultivating Creative Expression through Technique: Drawing and Watercolour for Gr. course. If you are a teacher and want to expand your horizons sign up now and earn credits!

Lalita is a keen writter and blogger and you can follow her on twitter, facebook and contact her on her website lalitahamill.com

Last chance to register for Lalita Hamill in Whiterock, British Columbia!

Whiterock british columbia, The Pier White Rock BC

Whiterock british columbia, The Pier White Rock BC—Reg Natarajan (Flickr.com)

Come and learn at Semiahmoo Arts at Centennial Park with the wonderful oil and acrylic artist Lalita Hamill (AFCA). As part of the Federation of Canadian Artist’s courses program, for three days (April 1,2 and 3) you can marvel and get involved as she teaches Composition and Design. At just CAN$200.00 for members and CAN$250.00 for Non-Members this is an excellent opportunity to progress with a true master. The registration ends today, on March 31! Call 604-681-2744 or register online: Register online for watercolour course

Watch famous Australian artist Joseph Zbukvic give a watercolour lesson

Graeme Stevenson spends time with the world famous Australian artist Joseph Zbukvic. He came to Australia when he was 18 and went to art school to get an industrial design diploma. During the process he fell in love with watercolour (when doing renderings in watercolour for the course). He has a refreshingly laid back approach to painting, has never taken a class in his life, and his philosophy is “Just Paint”.

As he says on his website: “I try to achieve a balance of harmony between tonal values, design, colour and mood that will visually evoke the emotions between the viewer and the painting.”

He is a highly sought after teacher but unfortunately does not teach much these days. The only two courses he is offering in 2016 (September 12 – 18 in Girona, Spain and a 5-day course in July in West Ryde, Australia) are fully booked. He does have a some great DVDs available on Amazon and his website (Atmosphere and Mood in Watercolour, Watercolour Impressions are a couple of our favourites).

We’ll keep you updated if he publishes any new courses or workshops this 2016. Fingers crossed!

Überpainting watercolour painting

Ever heard of Überpainting? The UK artist Matt Forster invented the term in 2008 when he developed a technique whereby he paints layers in his watercolour paintings (like silkscreen paintings). Why is the painting style called Über? Because the paint is applied over and over again and “every wash affects both the subsequent and the previous. It is impossible simply to paint a finished piece first time” says the Northumberland artist from his gallery in Hexham (where people are welcome to drop in for a cup of tea). See his site for examples of his unique painting technique Matt Forster watercolour Überpainting

Watercolor courses in Netwon, Boston

Newton Watercolor Society workshop

Newton Watercolor Society workshop

If you live in Boston, Brookline or even New Hampshire then the Newton Watercolor Society has some great courses for you this year, in addition to the monthly meetings and demonstrations they offer including subjects as diverse as using photo editing software and techniques for painting waterfalls. The society was founded in 2009 and there are about one hundred members (a lot of them are also members of the Newton Art Association). One of their goals is to get out of the classroom and paint outdoors “en plein air”. Annual membership of the society is a steal at just 20 dollars!

Michael Milburn is President, Linda Rinearson the VP and Gitty Schacher the Treasurer.

The confirmed courses for 2016 are:

June 24th and 25th: “Urban and Landscape Sketching” with Shari Blaukopf (2 days)

August 15th-18th: “Simplifying Watercolor; Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!” with Andy Evansen (4 days)

We’ll publish any new watercolor courses when they are available, in the meantime please go to their website for more information: Newton Watercolor Society

Workshops at the Mena Art Gallery, Arkansas on April 21st, 22nd and 23rd

sit on top of buck knob in oucahita national fores…

If you are looking for some small town hospitality in the gateway to the Oucahita mountains then why not stop by the Mena Art Gallery, Arkansas, this spring. Carol Flori is teaching a three day Watercolor Workshop from April 21-23 where you’ll learn everything from what brushes, paints and paper to use as well as the five most important watercolor techniques. The cost is US$ 200 per person and this includes a binder bursting with everything you need to know to produce masterpieces! The course runs from nine in the morning to four in the afternoon on each of the three days. Carol is passionate that the best way to learn is by having fun. If you are from out of town make sure you program some time in your itinerary to visit the Queen Wilhelmina State Park,  Ouachita National Forest, Little Missouri Falls and the
Cossatot River. Book your spot by calling Julie at Mena Art Gallery at 479-394-3880 or through their website contact form here.

Childrens’ book by watercolour artist Jackie Morris shortlisted for The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals

The most important UK children’s books awards published shortlists last Tuesday on March 15th. Up for a Kate Greenaway medal is Jackie Morris with her wonderfully illustrated Something About a Bear book. The watercolour paintings show where 8 different species of bears live. The author artist stresses, however, that the best bear is you own teddy bear! See the rest of the shortlisted books here Shortlist

Watercolour painting of Ebola virus the best scientific image of the year

The Wellcome Image Awards are judged by a panel including luminaries from the world of science and biomedicine. The winners of the Wellcome Trust’s competition are chosen from the images that enter their database during the 12 months before the awards and they can be seen in exhibitions that travel around the world. There is normally a focus on high tech images with cutting edge techniques (see the polarised light micrograph of a cat tongue from 2015 Cat tongue Wellcome Image Awards) but this year a watercolour painting of the Ebola virus by David Goodsell won. See minute 1:01 in the video above for information about the winning watercolour and the other favourite entries.