Wednesday 17 December 2014

Bringing Birmingham to Bardsey

Bringing the Autumn season to a close for my 10 week art course students at Bardsey, North Leeds, I organised something a little extra with the help and support of Canson  for my students – a special 'Expressive Seascape' workshop to round off the course nicely.

Canson kindly supplied quarter imperial Moulin Du Roy ‘rough’ 300gsm (140lb) watercolour paper for us all to use which was very generous indeed.

Using printed A4 copies (one for every student) of one of my own seascape paintings used successfully in Birmingham in a similar way for students to follow when painting, everyone soon got into their stride using this beautiful and responsive Canson paper letting the paint just flow. 

Working side by side, step by step with my students, expressive watercolours soon began to take shape. We used lots of layering techniques with colours remaining bright , fresh and clean throughout, plenty of lift out techniques to restore the white of the paper, glazes with gouache and so much more! 

During the course of the workshop everyone had learned so much and most importantly, just how forgiving this 100% cellulose mould made 100% cotton watercolour paper can be. 

A lovely way to finish this seasons art classes from a really productive and fantastic 10 week creative art course at Bardsey Village Hall, Bardsey. 

For all students with different levels of creative skills, discovering new and exciting ways of painting, improving, producing great work each time and most importantly, having fun at the same time the creative buzz at Bardsey was very special indeed!

There’s a new 10 week Bardsey art course starting 13 January 2015 covering lots of new and exciting subjects with watercolour and yes, we will be using Canson papers again for sure!

Bookings are now being taken and with limited places remaining for this new season course starting very soon, best to get your skates on to secure your place!

For further details visit

Canson Papers are available from all leading art suppliers to include

Canson – 67 rue Louis et Laurent Seguin – 07100 Annonay – FR – France

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