5251 Oak Street Vancouver BC V6M 4H1 CA

Start date: Thursday, November 16 2023.


 On Thursday, November 16, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

 On Thursday, November 23, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

 On Thursday, November 30, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Resource person: learn@vandusen.org

Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden - Visitor Centre - Guides Classroom


In this series, Susan will share her techniques and knowledge for creating light, shimmer and shine in your watercolour paintings. Susan will gently guide you to achieve successful results by demonstrating techniques including using strong colour contrasts, dark against light, and warm and cool colours. Please bring your keen, open mind to expressing works of art with exaggerated colours! 

Susan suggests that participants bring the following materials:  

  1. Paper - Arches 140lb-300lb. cold press watercolour paper, 9” x 12” or larger.  

  1. Watercolour Paints - Holbein brand: Red (Carmine), Yellow (New Gamboge), Blue (Peacock blue). Can add Olive Green, Opera (hot pink), and Payne's grey.  

  1. Detailed Brushes – size 01 for fine detail. A good array of brushes includes sizes 04, 1, 4, and 6.  

  1. Mixing Palette - plastic or white ceramic surface  

  1. Sketching – 2b mechanical pencil and white eraser  

  1. Water – 2 mason jars or 2 yogurt containers  

  1. Blow Dryer – nice to have for drying paint layers quickly   

Instructor's Bio   

Vancouver artist Susan Pearson completed 5 years of art school. She honed her craft of watercolour skills by painting every day for tourists up at Queen Elizabeth Park during 8 seasons. Susan loves to share her knowledge of watercolour techniques. Her paintings are warm, whimsical and beautifully executed. Susan's mastery of the brushwork can achieve subtle gradations of colour and rich textures in her wide range of subject matter. Susan has been teaching for 13 years at VanDusen Gardens and private lessons. Her classes always have a waiting list as her students appreciate her warm and thoughtful ability to connect with everyone. She is also a freelance illustrator and accepts private commissions. Her work can be seen in magazines, advertising, children's books, and manhole covers! www.susanpearson.ca  

Online pre-registration is required.  

Image by Susan Pearson. 

Available: Full

Price: $124.00 Taxes not included

Notes: Please note that registration will close at 4:00 p.m. PT, one business day before the series starts. Cancellation policy: No refunds will be given for education courses. A credit will be applied to your account for cancellations with one week's notice. With less than a week's notice, no credit will be given. No new credit will be issued if the cancelled course was purchased using prior credit. Program cancellation by the VBGA due to Public Health Restrictions will result in education program credit equivalent to the value lost. Credits must be used within one year from the date issued. Please notify us of your cancellation in writing to learn@vandusen.org

Prerequisites: Educational programs are available for both members and non-members. In order to register for a class, you first need to open an account with Amilia, our online registration portal. Note that your membership account does NOT give you this access. You must open a separate account in Amilia. Follow this link to create your account: https://www.amilia.com/en/Signup Please save your Amilia account username & password for registration in future classes.

More information: Instructor: Susan Pearson

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