Techniques for Using Pencil, Pen & Wash

Tutor: Ian Scott Massie

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 12 people.

Full Day

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Watercolour wash combined with pen or pencil drawing is one the oldest traditions in European art- from Rembrandt to Turner, from Picasso to Ravillious. Explore this popular technique with artist Ian Scott Massie and you will:

– Learn how to combine these essential media
– Understand the uses of minimal drawing and wash
– Design and execute a finished work

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

A selection of watercolour brushes including a large round or flat brush.
A pencil, rubber and small sketch pad.
Masking tape.
A selection of watercolours, preferably in tube form, which are of reasonably good quality plus a tube of white gouache
A selection of waterproof drawing pen, a dip pen and a bottle indian ink.
(Please avoid own brand or discount store paints - the better the quality the more pleased you'll be with the results.)
At least five sheets of good quality watercolour paper - no smaller than 10” x8” of at least 140 lb. (The weight is usually given on the cover of a pad.) We will be doing some fairly wet work so the better the quality and the heavier the paper the better. Crimson & Blake or Crawford & Blackpapers have proved unequal to the job on previous workshops!
If you have stretched your paper beforehand (something Scott does not do) please bring some unstretched sheets aswell.
A small selection of paints will be on sale if you need to replenish your supplies.

“Being an absolute novice, I enjoyed being able to experiment and learn about essential techniques … loved it!!”

– Carol

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