Developing Line + Wash Techniques – Light + Shade

Tutor: John Harrison

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 10 people.

Full Day

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Join artist John Harrison for this workshop, intended to build on skills learned in his introductory Line + Wash skills workshops. Attendance on one of John’s previous workshops is helpful but not essential and the day will begin with a summary of core techniques and an introduction to John’s particular style of line and wash. Weather permitting, there will an opportunity for a short expedition to find local subjects for observational sketch studies and the taking of reference photographs. Back in the studio, you will learn more about John’s method of extracting essential information from a photograph or sketch, creating a lively line drawing with selective watercolour washes.

Through demonstration and practical exercises, John will focus on techniques to bring the drawing alive by using light and shade, the use of varying line weights and more painterly techniques to help bring life to a drawing.

In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to work up a full sized finished painting from your sketches and reference photos from the morning’s outing.

The day will be relaxed and informal with plenty of opportunities to ask questions, share ideas and experiences and pick up hints and tips. At the end of the day there will be the opportunity to gain constructive feedback from John aimed at improving your drawing skills.

Click the title below to find out what you need to bring with you for this workshop.

What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

Please bring the following with you...

Drawing and painting material and equipment:
- watercolour paints and brushes that you usually use.
- waterproof ink pens.
- a fine line of around 0.1 or 0.2mm width: I use a Unipin version, but as long as the pen has wateproof ink, it’ll be fine.
- a rough finish watercolour paper of at least 300g weight, around 14 x 11(quarter imperial size), the rough finish is important in creating textures.
- a sketchbook of any size.
- a smartphone, ipad or digital camera to take reference photos.

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