DATES: Monday, August 13 - Thursday, August 16, 2012
REGISTRATION: Form available at www.sherbrookevillage.ca or by calling 1-888-743-7845. There are a limited number of seats and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.
INSTRUCTOR: Susan Paterson earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick in 1980 and has done further study at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, N.S.; Byam Shaw School of Art, London, England and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, U.S. She has exhibited her work in galleries across Canada for over 30 years and is in collections in Canada, United States, England and Japan. Susan is a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. She lives in Dartmouth with her husband and two sons.
Visit her website is www.susanpaterson.ca
CAMP INFORMATION: Sherbrooke Village will be hosting a 4 day watercolour painting workshop. The village offers a wealth of material for painting and has inspired Susan for many years. There will be on-site painting throughout the village as well as interior and still life work. There will be a classroom available in the event of inclement weather. Students will work at their own pace, on the subject of their choice, while she guides them in drawing, composition, perspective and colour mixing with tips on painting outdoors as well as various watercolour techniques. Each evening the class will get together for a short critique, conversation and socializing.
PAINTING SUPPLIES: Most of you will have your preferred supplies and colour palette, but if you're adding to it or starting over, these are the instructors suggestions:
Watercolour paints: Susan prefers Winsor and Newton.
Colours: She uses a very limited palette, and finds that too many colours are a distraction and you can never really know all of them. (She never uses black or white).
Paper: You can use watercolour blocks, Arches are recommended. Or you can purchase watercolour sheets, Instructor likes Arches 140lb. This has to be stretched, and for that you need a board – You can use plywood, 3/8" thick, cut to the size you want, or masonite can also be used for smaller paintings. You will be painting on whatever size you feel comfortable with, but because of time it would be best to work 1/2 sheet (22" x 15") or smaller. You will also need paper tape or masking tape to secure the paper to the board. You should also have a sketch pad.
Brushes: 1" flat watercolour brush. (In 30 years of painting she still uses the same one she started with). # 3, # 5 & # 8 round watercolour brushes and # 0 or smaller for fine detail. You should not purchase the cheapest ones, try at least mid - price. There's nothing nicer than a good quality pointed brush with a great spring.
Miscellaneous Items: Pencils, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener, large palette with lots of room for mixing colours, water container and tissue.
Useful but not required: Fold-up chair, hat and sunscreen for outdoor work, easel and masking fluid.
WHAT ELSE TO BRING: The atmosphere at our school is casual. There is easy access to wooded trails and the beautiful St. Mary’s River is on the camp property. The climate can vary from warm and sunny to chilly cloudy and wet so be prepared to layer with sweaters and pants. Timetable, schedule and session information will be distributed when you arrive.
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS: Accommodations for students will be in our Hands on History home which is a hostel type house by the river - accommodations are dorm style with shared rooms and bunk style beds, please be advised to bring your own sleeping bags, towels, toiletries and pillow. You may also bring air mattresses for additional comfort. Meals are included for Monday lunch to Thursday dinner. We have some great cooks here, who have been feeding groups, school kids and teachers for years.
HOW TO GET HERE: A 45-minute scenic drive south from Antigonish along highway #7 or 3 hours east of Halifax on highway #7.
GUIDELINES FOR CLASSES:When you register, please indicate on the registration form in the space provided your level of experience, novice, intermediate or advanced.