Workshop - COLOUR HARMONY FOR FLORALS - with Artist Jan Lawnikanis


From: Tuesday September 14, 2021, 10:00 am

To: Tuesday September 14, 2021, 3:00 pm

MATERIALS LIST  to bring - these are Jan's specifications:

Paints – Any “Artists’ Quality” brands of watercolour in a range of different colours. Transparent hues are most suitable for floral painting, so include some transparent pinks (quinacridone or magenta), yellows and blues. My favourite brand for flower painting is MaimeriBlu. Their 3 primary colours can make the correct colour wheel and any colour you choose, i.e. Primary Red Magenta, Primary Cyan Blue and Primary Yellow.

Paper – You will require 300gsm Cold Pressed watercolour paper. It must be 100% cotton. Experienced watercolourists may prefer Hot Pressed. Again, only buy Artists’ quality. Arches, Saunders Waterford or Fabriano are recommended brands. Don’t compromise on paper, cheap brands are useless! A watercolour block is ideal as there is no need to stretch the paper. The size needs to be from about A4 or larger, but you will only need 1 or 2 pieces as you will be working on one painting A4.

Brushes - Bring whatever watercolour brushes you already own, but include at least one or two “rounds” with sharp points. (One small and one larger.) A squirrel hair “mop” would also be handy if you own one or a hake; any brush really for larger areas. Watercolour brushes can be synthetic or natural hair, but they should have short handles, not long ones, as the long-handled brushes are for acrylics and oils.

Palette – The large plastic palettes with lots of wells and a lid are my recommendation; otherwise bring what you own. Even ice-cube trays will do for puddles of colour, but you’ll need something with a larger flat surface for mixing paint on.

Other Necessities – Drawing equipment (pencils, eraser, ruler etc), 1 sheet of graphite transfer paper (no other type will do), an old hand towel or rags, tissues, 2 plastic containers for water and masking tape. A pipette or something for squirting small amounts of water would also be handy. Also think about bringing a board with something that will prop up one end for keeping your painting surface at an angle.

Jan will bring the reference material that is required for this workshop.

 About Artist - Jan Lawnikanis

I love to teach art! It is always a thrill seeing students improve in leaps and bounds. I relish the opportunity to pass on everything I have learnt in the past 25 years of producing art and teaching it. Gratefully, students often comment that they have learnt more in my workshops than any previously. On a personal level, my passion is about finding truth and beauty in the natural world, conveying the amazing effects of light and shadows, and using colour to advantage.

Jan Lawnikanis has been teaching weekly art lessons continuously for the past 24 years and she has tutored over 160 workshops in various locations around Australia. Students in all mediums have praised Jan for her teaching skills and this has gained her an excellent reputation with all ages.

In her personal art career, Jan’s beautifully presented work in various mediums has won many first prizes and other awards. Her commissions range from school theatre sets to a set for the QLD Conservatory of Music, 40 artworks for an apartment building, 15 artworks for an office floor, paintings for a restaurant as well as school murals and private works for client’s homes.

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, International Watercolour Institute catalogue, Art Edit magazine, the Australian Coloured Pencil Network and Artwise textbook for the Australian School Curriculum.



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