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Wonders of watercolour

Tuesday, 10th June, 2014

Artist Deirdre Edwards with a water colour by Hans Haysen, who inspired Deirdre to start painting in watercolour. Artist Deirdre Edwards with a water colour by Hans Haysen, who inspired Deirdre to start painting in watercolour.

By Emily Roberts

The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and local artist Deidre Edwards are holding a watercolour workshop this weekend.

The ‘Unfolding the Wonders of Watercolour’ workshops will be held on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15 from 9am - 4pm.

The Gallery’s education officer Ian Howarth said watercolour was a beautiful medium to paint with.

“It has a lovely luminosity,” Ian said.

“It gives artists a really broad base - you can do so many different things.

“We have some wonderful watercolour artists in Australia.”

Ian said watercolour is also a very safe and non-toxic medium.

“If people find they are allergic to acrylics or oil paints - there is less fear of having a reaction with water colour,” he said.

“It is a medium that requires very little equipment.”

In this workshop, Deirdre will cover all basics of watercolour painting including paper preparation, colour mixing, brush techniques and washes.

Under her skilled and experienced guidance students will unfold the wonders of watercolour.

“I have been using watercolour for 35 years, it’s the medium I started with,” Deirdre said.

“It is my first love. It gives a wonderful base and is very relaxing to paint with.”

The workshop will cost $210 for gallery members or concession and $230 for non-members.

This covers all materials and a set of watercolour paintbrushes are provided.

If artists have their own watercolour brushes - this can be deducted from the cost.

The workshop is open to beginners and experienced painters.

“It is great if you have an interest and want to get started,” Ian said.

Deirdre said even people who have worked with watercolour will still learn something.

“It’s a wonderful way to start back again - if you have broached watercolour,” she said.

If there is enough interest, there is hope that more workshops can run.

The gallery will hold a number of other workshops throughout June.

Contact the Regional Gallery on 8080 3440 for more information.

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