Education – “All About Colour” An ONLINE watercolour workshop with Brittney Tough, CSPWC

Watercolour Techniques
An ONLINE watercolour workshop with Brittney Tough, CSPWC

November 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2021
10 hours instruction: 2.5 hr class each week for 4 consecutive weeks plus 1-3 hrs homework

Pacific Time: 9 am to 11:30 pm
Mountain Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
Central: 11:00 am -1:30 pm
Eastern: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Atlantic: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
NFLD: 1:30-4:00 pm

CSPWC Members $225 (Please note, Associate membership in the CSPWC is only $35. Click here for more information on how to become a member.)
Non-members $250
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This workshop is all about colour! Brittney will share her knowledge on how colour temperature, value and individual paint characteristics can help you create vibrant watercolour paintings. This workshop will increase your understanding of the colours on your palette. It will help you to plan and create more harmonious and luminous watercolour paintings.

Participants will receive a Zoom link by email two days before each class.

Classes will be recorded. Paid participants will be able to access the recording of each class until two weeks after the final class.

Water colour paint swatches

Workshop Schedule:

November 9

Review supplies, discuss paint palette setup, show colour mixing charts, introduce colour wheel and discuss value, temperature and individual colour characteristics

Exercise #1– Get to know your paints
Place your paints in order from warm to cool and light to dark
Paint out your colours and identify all the characteristics of them
Exercise #2– Colour mixing charts
Exercise #3– All colours colour mixing chart

November 16

Discussion on the exercises from the previous week. Answer any questions and review helpful colour charts. Discussion of how colours are relative to each other and of individual characteristics.

Exercises: how to mix blacks, greys, browns, darks, whites

November 23

How do I use all of the colour theory understanding to create vibrant paintings?

  • Understanding Light and Shadow
  • Knowing Basic Painting “Rules” & Tips
  • Brittney’s approach to vibrant colour.
    Discussion of analogous & complimentary colours
  • Demos on how Brittney incorporates colour theory and a variety of watercolour techniques into each painting.

November 30

Demonstration & paint along of full colour painting and more discussion on mixing secondary colours (review greens)

Don’t miss this chance to take part in this workshop.

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Before and After: how to take a dull reference photo and bring it to life with colour!

Quilting Time
Between the Sheets

Equipment needed for the workshop:

Download suggested material list here

Reference images and a materials list will be supplied to registered participants.
You’ll need a microphone and camera-enabled computer OR an iPad/smart tablet OR a smart phone (Android or iOS) PLUS a robust internet connection.

You’ll also need to download Zoom on your device (free version of Zoom is fine). Please update your Zoom to the latest version.

About Brittney

Brittney Portrait

Brittney Tough is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. She is an international award winning artist who has exhibited work across Canada and the United States. Her work has been published in Southwest Art Magazine’s feature article 21 Under 31, The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolour Artist and the Splash hardcover series of the best in contemporary watercolour.

Brittney has shown in local, national and international exhibitions and received numerous awards in these competitions. Brittney received a Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Alberta University of the Arts in 2007. She is based in Calgary, Alberta. She has been teaching art for over 10 years and continues to expand her practice internationally.

See more samples of Brittney’s intricately detailed and colourful work: