A Parrsboro Creative Master Class
This course takes place in the field. There is no time more full of promise and change than spring on the Bay of Fundy. Almost hourly leaf colour changes, flowers bloom as the days reach their longest. All that amidst the backdrop of spectacular ocean cliffs backed by the rolling mountains cloaked in the mists of early morning and mid day intensity. After all this is the Bay of Fundy.
– If for any reason the student wishes to cancel prior to two weeks before the commencement of the course the full fee minus a 10% service fee will be refunded.
– There will be no refund if the the student cancels within two weeks of the commencement of the course.
Bill will start each onsite session with a different problem to resolve and will do a small demo to illustrate possible solutions. This will be followed by students working on their own projects while Bill circulates with a clipboard and a painting surface to show students, with mini side demos, particular strategies for their unique painting- such as colour mixing, paint handling, drawing, and composition.
Bill will have a couple of in depth critiques over the week so students can benefit from each others struggles and solutions. They will also benefit from the instructor’s many years of teaching workshops from which he has garnered proven and effective strategies for helping students to paint successfully.
Tube or Pan Colors – cad. Red, permanent alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, lemon yellow or cad. Yellow pale, gamboge or cad. Yellow deep, viridian green or pthalo green or sap green, raw sienna, Burnt sienna.
Note: this palette is mainly a warm and a cool yellow, a warm and a cool blue, a warm and a cool red, and a secondary green, and a couple of earth colors – no black. White Gouache or Chinese white is sometimes useful if not overused.
Any palette (selection of colors) which works on this theory is fine so if you already have paint just see which colours you need, Call me or email with questions.
Palette –You may like a John Pike palette (plastic) or equivalent. A large dinner plate is great, also an enameled tray or folding palette is fine
Water containers – any simple containers, even empty yogurt or ice cream containers, also plastic beer cups will do.
Brushes – a selection of sable or synthetic, or blend which includes – a number 12 round watercolor brush,
– a number 8 round, and no. 4 round
– a 1” flat wash brush or mop
– and others you can’t do without, bigger for bigger paintings. I have a lot of brushes such as 2” flat wash and nos. 14,16,24 rounds for when I work larger but you should have the first 4 brushes mentioned at least.
Paper – 22”x30” sheets of 100% cotton paper of your preference such as Waterford, Arches, Fabriano, Windsor Newton etc. 140lb or 300lb – have 1or 2 sheets which may be subdivided. I always like to have more than I need so I’m not afraid to make a mistake.
For this workshop One sheet 22×30 whole or divided will be fine.
Boards – such as Masonite, thin plywood, foamcore (2 ply glued). I like mine cut 1” larger than paper I’m using. e.g. 12”x16” board for 11”x15” w.c. paper (quarter sheet) 16”x23” board for half sheet, or 23”x31” board for full sheet and this can also be used for in between sizes. Most students work half sheet or less.
Clips – four 2” office clips (alternative- masking tape, or gummed tape)
Pencil (HB or2B) and eraser(gum, vinyl or kneaded)
Easels: For Outdoor work: French easel or Portable Watercolour folding easel.
Miscellaneous: Paper towel and Kleenex, masking tape (alternative to clips), Sketchbook (inexpensive) for composition, boxcutter or pencil sharpener.
William (Bill) Rogers is a Canadian Artist living and working in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
He always painted in oil and watercolor and currently sells his work through galleries in Canada, Bermuda and the USA. In Antigonish he has also organized the open life/figure drawing sessions weekly at the University; these have been going steadily for 18 years. Bill’s figure work have been the recipients of awards in Watercolor Society shows in the USA and Canada.
Bill is an Elected Member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) of which he is currently the Past President. He recently was awarded signature status with the American Watercolor Society (AWS), and is also a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA) and the Societe Canadienne de l’Aquarelle (SCA).
In May 2014, Bill served as the Royal Tour Artist for the 2014 Royal Tour of Canada by HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. It was the experience of a lifetime. A number of those works were acquired by HRH Prince Charles for his personal collection.
Most of his landscapes are done “Plein-air”.
He has won numerous awards from many Watercolor Societies and art organizations including AWS, CSPWC, TWSA, SCA, LWS, Paint Annapolis, Mountain Maryland Plein Air, Paint the Peninsula, Art in the Open – Ireland, Plein air Bermuda and many other international Plein Air Festivals. His latest watercolor award was the Di Di Deglin Award from the American Watercolor Society Exhibition in April 2019 for a watercolor figure “in Thought”, which is currently in the Travelling Exhibition of the AWS until April 20.
Bill’s work is in many public and private collections including the Nova Scotia Art Bank.
Bill is the founding Honorary Chair of the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival
The scenery was spectacular, the teaching excellent.
Excellent experience. Very professional. Instructor – topnotch.
Bill imparts a lot of knowledge in a fun and supportive way.
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