Watercolour classes in June and July 2022 will be a mixture of indoors an outdoor sessions. Watercolour classes in May 2022, got outside as much as possible weather permitting. For many, these were the first times that they had painted en plein air in watercolour. Well done, everybody!
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Bursledon Watercolour Painting Class
Venue:- GAF, School Road, Bursledon, Near Southampton, Hampshire, SO301 8BX.
Watercolour lessons and drawing classes with Kirstin White Subject to availability:- Tuesday (Mixed Level) 2 pm – 4 pm. GAF 2022
There are also Occasional Saturday Workshops in Martyr Worthy. SAT
The Martyr Worthy, during May, the various watercolour painting classes painted at several different locations. We worked at a distinctive local barn, at the church at Martyr Worthy and also beside the beautiful River Itchen. During June and July 2022, classes will be held both indoors and outdoors so as consolidate the en plein air work.
Martyr Worthy Watercolour Class
Venue:- Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Near Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1DY
Watercolour lessons and drawing classes with Kirstin White Subject to availability, choose from:-
Wednesday (Intermediate level) 10 am to 12 pm. (1) 2022MW1 Wednesday (Mixed level, including beginners) 12.45 pm to 2.45 pm. (2) 2022MW2
Thursday (Advanced level) 10 am to 12 pm. (4) 2022MW4 Thursday (Mixed level, including beginners) 1 pm to 3 pm. (5) 2022MW5
There are also Occasional Saturday Workshops in Martyr Worthy. SAT
For outdoor painting, you will need a wide brimmed hat and bottles of water. The water is both to drink and to paint with. Portable easels are provided by your tutor, Kirstin White.
Your pack should include three basic watercolours. Kirstin prefers Winsor and Newton Artists’ Watercolours, and so specifies watercolour tubes of:- 1. Winsor Yellow, 2. Permanent Rose and 3. Winsor Blue (Green Shade). You will also want a red sable brush size 12, and also a smaller brush of around a size 4. Bring a daisy well mixing pallet, with large sections, so the you can easily get sufficient water onto your watercolour paper during summer conditions.
You will learn how to use watercolour paint, both indoors and out. The live lessons will help you to bring out your natural creativity as well as develop both your drawing and your painting skills. Classes are fun, sociable and a good place to make new friends.
In the spring term, when the weather is suitable we will make the most of our wonderful Hampshire venues and venture outside to work. The studio bases will remain open whenever you want a break, with tea and coffee always available.
In less clement weather, we will discover new tips, tricks, and techniques as well as review our progress so far and learn from one another’s painting experiences.
Lovely watercolour landscapes by members of my art classes. We combined elements of a photograph that I took while in Devon, with design inspiration from oil paintings by the Scottish Colourist, J. D. Fergusson (1874 – 1961).
My teaching theme for March is British landscapes. Taking as a starting point, a beautiful painting by one of the Scottish Colourists, J. D. Fergusson, this week’s lesson was all about planning! #watercolour #Kirstin White #landscape painting
Further lessons this half term will expand on the theme, giving students the tools that they need to create successful paintings which depict their favourite locations.
Weekly watercolour painting classes
Weekly watercolour painting classes take place in Martyr Worthy, near Winchester, and also in Bursledon, near Southampton. Spaces are available in the new Wednesday afternoon class in Martyr Worthy. (SKU Mar2022MW2). Join this exciting class, either as a beginner or as a more experienced watercolourist. Beginner level fees include your materials and equipment.
Congratulations to Jeff Martin on his retirement, … and thank you to Greyladyes Arts Foundation, for commissioning me to make this watercolour of The Mausoleum in Greyladyes Park.
Despite it’s being a rather cold day in January, I never the less enjoyed painting the portrait of this quirky family mausoleum in Old Bursledon, Hampshire, SO31 8BX. The mausoleum has a romantic story to tell and can be found in a magical, Indian Jones style, setting!
Greyladyes Mausoleum, Bursledon is a quirky building that you might stumble upon whilst visiting Bursledon. Learn more about the mausoleum at Greyladyes by attending a talk by local historian, Jeff Martin.
Venue: Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1DY.
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An extra class in watercolour painting
Watercolour painting lessons with Kirstin White include instruction on how best to use and be imaginative with watercolour paint. Book here.
The Watercolour Painting Class Martyr Worthy (2) is for you if you like to learn as a member of a sociable and enthusiastic group. The lessons are themed, focused, and enjoyable. So, with support from the tutor, you will complete simple exercises, create finished paintings, and have fun with your painting ideas.
Before Christmas, we worked on a variety of still-life projects. And since the New Year, we have been inspired by the work of Henri Matisse. As a result of looking at Matisse’s paintings, all the students in the class produced three very different pictures. Every painting looked both striking and unusual.
Moving on to the next set of lessons, from February 2022, we will be looking at studio landscapes in watercolour. So that, by April, when the weather allows, we will be ready to paint outdoors, en-plein-air. For alternative classes, see here.
For this intermediate course, you will need to already have the items on the list below:-
NOTE: Please note that beginners are not accepted into this group. However, if you are looking for a watercolour painting class at beginner level, you may like to consider one of the ‘Beginner Level Saturday Workshops’ that are held on occasional Saturdays throughout the year in Martyr Worthy Village Hall, near Winchester from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.
in Martyr Worthy Village Hall, Church Lane, Martyr Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1DY.
12th Jan to 16th Feb = 6 weeks £165.00
12th January to 16th February 2022 = 6 weeks £165.00
The price includes your materials and equipment (worth £50)
Intended for the complete beginners or indeed anyone wanting a thorough grounding in watercolour painting, this course repeats frequently. Through a series of exercises, you are introduced to the medium of watercolour and shown precisely how best to use it. After taking this six-week beginners’ course, you will be ready to join an intermediate-level class. Alternatively, join a mixed-level, (suitable-for–all), class.
Note: The timing of this class is intended to work well for anyone local to the Worthys and doing a school run. Should this time of day suits you best, long term, please let me know. With sufficient interest, I would convert this session into a regular, mixed-level class.
Summer afternoon watercolour painting in Bursledon. Join us outside watercolour painting in the picturesque village of Bursledon, Hampshire. On four summer afternoons in July /August 2021, Kirstin White will be leading watercolour workshops. This is an exciting opportunity for you to learn more about painting outside whilst fully enjoying the summer months.
All four watercolour painting sessions will be held out of doors, hopefully in the summer sunshine. Should the weather be poor, we will move undercover at GAF (Greyladyes Arts Foundation) on School Road, however.
These summer afternoon watercolour sessions are taught and will concentrate on additional techniques with watercolour painting. Furthermore, you will be learning tips, and tricks for watercolour painting out of doors. For the afternoon, the loan of a portable easel is included and consequently, you don’t need to bring one with you. Do, however, remember to bring your own watercolour painting paper and kit.
There will be a WhatsApp group for ‘summer afternoon watercolour’, to ensure that we all meet in the right places in the village. On WhatsApp, we will also be able to share our painting results. As well as any queries or ideas that we want to discuss between sessions, WhatsApp is handy for general chat and likewise getting to know one another better.
Who is it for?
You will find the summer afternoon watercolour painting sessions most rewarding if you already have some experience with the medium.
NOTE: These summer afternoon watercolour sessions are not really suitable for complete beginners. Instead, I suggest that you opt for one of the courses for beginners instead. Only six weeks long and also held quite frequently, the ideal start point would be a beginners course. The next beginners watercolour lessons start on 1st September in Martyr Worthy.
June watercolour painting at Cheesefoot Head, near Winchester.
We are fortunate to be living close to the South Downs National Park. On Thursday I was out painting with my art classes at beautiful Cheesefoot Head, near Winchester. June en plein air is always a treat but nicer still to be painting with members from my regular lessons. We are so enjoying being able to meet live after months of WhatsApp and Zoom. The weather was good for an English summer – slightly chilly but NO rain!
This outing was for adult students who are currently taking termly lessons with Kirstin White. However, during the summer, Kirstin will be out painting every Thursday. If you would like to join her painting, you are very welcome to do so. Informal Summertime Days Outside Watercolour Painting with Kirstin White are £25 per day, or part thereof. Come to any or all of the days outside painting. Turn up and leave when you wish. Kirstin will be watercolour painting and will be happy to show and explain what she is doing. There will not be a formal lesson on these summertime days out but there will be some tips and advice. Paintings and sketches from the day will be for sale. The exact location for each session will be provided on receipt of your payment. All being well, with the progress out of lockdown, taught courses will resume on the 1st and 2nd of September in Martyr Worthy and on the following week in Bursledon.
Informal Summertime Days Outside Watercolour Painting with Kirstin White
Kirstin demonstrated to students how thye might want to build an image up in layers. We also looked at two additional ways of approaching the subject before everyone went off to do ther own thing.
We saw many wildflowers, including some that not one of us could name with any certainty. That is not surprising since the site is an SSSI. For another time, I must install an app to help with the correct identification of interesting plants! Then I will need one for the insects!
A short video from Cheesefoot Head proper. Sound on to hear the birds singing! I made a 360 degree rotation on the spot, there are a host of landmarks to pick out. (If you watch carefully and you may also see a silly spotty dog trying to catch flies!)
Chalk painted furniture with a safari animal theme
Chalk painted furniture with a safari animal theme has brightened up my recent days! I enjoyed this, pre-Christmas, commission to paint nursery furniture for two baby boys. The client had good quality, but mismatched, furniture that was otherwise ideal for the room. The project was to transform a large stripped wardrobe, a dark wood chest and two side tables, into items suitable for an adventurous nursery!
Stage sets, wall murals and carnival floats aside, this was a new area for me. After a little research, I decided to use chalk paints, and more specifically, Frenchic chalk paints for the project. These are non-toxic, readily available locally and the colour range is exiting. If you are thinking of doing something similar with furniture of your own, my recent experiences with this type of paint may be of interest to you.
‘Frenchic’ for chalk painted furniture
The paint colours used in this project:-
Frenchic Lazy Range
Hot as Mustard
Creme de la Creme
Frenchic Al Fresco Inside / Outdoor Range
Ol’ Blue Eyes
Additional items included, Frenchic oval brushes, Frenchic detail brushes, Frenchic Finishing Coat, sandpaper, masking tape, dust sheets, rags, a large flat screwdriver for opening the tins of paint and a hammer for closing them.
What is Frenchic paint?
Frenchic is a chalk and mineral paint with a wax infusion. It is certified child safe (EN 71:3). The paint drys to a lovely matte finish.
I chose a fairly local supplier, My Fab Find. The shop, in Andover, is run by Amanda Parkinson and stocked, or sourced, everything that I required. If you want to try painting something similar yourself, I can recommend My Fab Find, Unit 10 Kenyon’s Yard, 80a Weyhill Road, Andover, Hampshire, UK, SP10 3NP. Phone 07770 365662 to speak to Amanda.
Beginning with a safari animal theme
Excited about trying the new tins of paint, I first experimented on a small coffee table that I had at home. It quickly became obvious that the paints were easy to use had almost no odour and were quick to dry between coats. I found the detail brushes well-shaped and easy to use, while the oval brushes were fantastic for rapid coverage. When mixing the paints, I stuck to mixing just two or three paints from the same product range together and had no problems.
Since it was particularly large and heavy, I worked on the client’s wardrobe in situ and painted it first. The smaller items I brought back to the studio to paint.
Having washed down the surfaces with sugar soap, I applied a base coat or two of ‘Wolf Whistle’ to each item of furniture. This light grey paint covered well and I knew that it would instantly unify the mismatched group of furniture.
Designing the safari animal decoration for the nursery furniture
The following snaps illustrate the design process. Since Botswana is a particularly popular safari destination, I selected animals found there as subjects for the nursery furniture decoration. Firstly, I made a scale drawing of the key piece of furniture, the wardrobe. Then I played around with lots of cut out photographs of safari animals. I also researched typical African patterns and African fabric designs. Once I had a feel for what was wanted, I made a watercolour sketch of my vision for the wardrobe.
As I designed the furniture, I imagined stories that young children may hear while growing up. Stories about animals who lived in harmony, animals who fought, animals who hunted one another, animals who ran very fast and animals who crept rather slowly. Tales of animals who had difficult youngsters and animals who had easy young, animals who laid eggs, animals who flew and animals who crawled. Tall creatures, tiny creatures, scaled creatures, furry creatures and slimy creatures. I wanted to include them all!
Painting the safari animal wardrobe
The wardrobe was immaculately pre-stripped. These snaps show my initial base coat of Frenchic Lazy Range ‘Wolf Whistle’, grey, and subsequent use of Frenchic Lazy Range ‘Hot as Mustard’, yellow, used to draft out the design onto the wardrobe. Once these stages were dry, I switched to Frenchic Alfresco ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’ and began to work up the background shapes.
I continued to build up the design using blue. I immediately noticed a marked difference in the way the Frenchic Lazy Range and the Frenchic Alfresco range paints performed. In order to achieve a similarly flat and opaque surface result, the Frenchic Alfresco Range paints that I used for this project required many more coats of paint than did the Frenchic Lazy Range paints. I also found Frenchic Alfresco Range paints less efficient at self-levelling than were Frenchic Lazy Range paints. As a consequence of the experience, were I to embark on further indoor furniture projects of this type, I would be inclined to stick to the colours available in the Frenchic Lazy Range and to avoid the Frenchic Alfresco Range. Having said that, the fabulous Frenchic Alfresco Range colours were perfect for this project and looked well together!
Next came a green, ‘Constance Moss’, and a lovely red, ‘Hot Lips’. I mixed these two colours together to make a satisfying range of browns.
Various greys were achieved using a rich dark grey, Frenchic Lazy Range, ‘Loof’. This was mixed with the light grey, Frenchic Lazy Range ‘Wolf Whistle’, that I had used as the overall base coat, to create some pale toned greys.
Since the chosen curtains have a cream base colour, the tops and backs of all the furniture were painted to match, in Frenchic Lazy Range, ‘Creme de la Creme’. Inside the wardrobe door, the safari theme continues with an Impala, a Crocodile, a Painted Wolf plus various insects and amphibians.
For the treasure chest, I picked out the existing carved design in ‘African’ colours, while adding wilder beast, buffalo, meerkat, snakes and more to the back and sides of the chest.
The side tables feature a simple outline map of Africa and some patterns and colours sampled from suitable traditional fabric designs, that I found illustrated, online.
At one point I was a bit hasty in applying masking tape to a not yet fully dry layer of paint. I needed to sand back and patch in a new layer of paint to repair my mistake but the paints we forgiving and the end effect was seamless. I used paper stencils to make a template for a reasonably accurate map of the continent of Africa.
A short video, showing the finished nursery room.
Once it had been imaginatively styled by the homeowner, the nursery took on personality. Won’t it be a fun space for young zebras, meerkats and Tarzans to grow up in?!
All in all, this was a satisfying project to work on during a nationally difficult time. I may have ‘got-the-bug’, but it’s for nothing more sinister than chalk paint! Future ‘victims’ are currently sitting, unsuspectingly, in corners my own home! Watercolour paint will always be my preferred medium but chalk paint makes a fun change!