The Joy of Colour: Working with Watercolour | July 26 – 30


Instructor: Helen Shideler

Dates: July 26 – 30th, 2021 | Mon – Fri 9.30am – 4.30pm

Where: SSANC front studio

Cost: $400.00 (We do not charge HST)
SSANC Members may use their discount – to apply it, clients must call (506) 529-3386 to register. Bursaries available. A credit or full refund will be offered if the course is canceled by SSANC

Registration Deadline: 12 July 2021

Experience level/Ages preferred: Intermediate (equivalent to 3-5 years experience)

Materials Required by students: See description tabs below

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This intermediate-level watercolour painting course offers the opportunity to further develop watercolour skills with a variety of hands-on and digital tools & techniques. Helen will lead you through exploring the importance of value and offer some unique ways to create amazing depth and effects with a variety of paint approaches and applications.

During your time together you will explore controlled wet-on-wet washes, the joy of colour mingling, value studies, underpainting, digital tools including posterization/notan, and masking compounds – the good, the bad and the ugly. Learn and try poured watercolour painting and negative painting. Learn about techniques to remove paint to create soft effects or remove an oopsie.

You will also take the opportunity to experience the nature of beautiful St. Andrews by painting a Plein Air image.

The workshop will consist of demonstrations and exercises providing the opportunity to create a piece from each days learning. Participants will also have the opportunity to work on a painting of their choice.

Instructor Bio

Hi, I’m Helen. When I am not in the studio painting I am dreaming about painting or outside with my camera scouting out wonderful things to inspire me.

For me, painting is a celebration of life and how light and colour interact. The real joy is in challenge and complexity and getting it right. I constantly strive to hold myself to the highest standards.

Usually painting in series, I like to explore my subjects often in various mediums.

My work can be described as contemporary realism in watercolour, oils, and acrylics; focusing on intimate detail with saturated colour. I often imagine that I am sculpting with paint and always approach my art with enthusiasm and energy. My preferred subjects are all from the natural world, in particular flowers, animals and birds, seascapes, and landscapes.

Over the years, I have developed a distinctive style, full of life and often with a sense of whimsy.

Materials List Required by Students

  • Brushes and paper (90 lb or heavier) Paper block at least 9 x 12”. Small to medium flat and round brushes. At least one with a point for fine lines.
  • Colours: Cad yellow, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, burnt sienna, raw umber, cad red, crimson, pink and/or magenta, sap green, Paynes grey, neutral tint and viridian
  • Optional colours: lemon yellow, yellow-green, Prussian Blue
    iPad or phone with your digital images if possible
  • Palette or surface to mix paint on
  • Magic Eraser
  • Spray bottle if you have one
  • Masking compound either Pebeo or Graphic Incredible white (plus older fine-point brush)
  • Image(s) for at least one painting they would like to accomplish during the week
  • Brimmed bat/cap to wear when painting outside
  • 4 little containers to mix paint in for pours (if possible)

Please note, By-the-Sea Framing, Gallery, Gifts & Art Supplies will have this list, you may contact them if you need supplies at or