weekend workshop


Saturday 17 and Sunday 18, February 2018

10.00am to 2.00pm

Watercolour workshop Abbotsford Convent

This class is geared to those with some outdoor painting experience. We will be painting in watercolour. This course is meant to sharpen the skills of outdoor painting. Composition, colour mixing, values, perspective and paint handling will be covered. Each class allows for a possibility of two paintings to be completed. One small study and a larger painting per day (four hours with a short break ).

Painting outdoors can be a daunting task, but one that is essential to any artist wanting to paint landscapes or cityscapes. This course should add to a students skill set and build a bit of confidence in outdoor painting.

To book your place

You must email us below plus send your payment (electronic funds transfer OR cheque).

Cost per participant is $150 (for HAS members), and $180 for non-members (this automatically confers a membership). Workshop fee must be paid in advance to secure a place. Places are limited.

We will send a reply email with confirmation and a materials list, within a week of receipt of your payment. Any further news closer to the date will also be emailed to those who secure a place.

Hawthorn Artist Society bank details BSB 063138 and Acct No 00901737 Please identify payment by name and membership number; or surname and initials and “Kowalski”

If paying by cheque, please identify the check in the same manner as per EFT. Please post your cheque to:
Hawthorn Artists Society
PO Box 37,
Hawthorn 3122

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Mike Kowalski has been drawing and painting since he can remember.

Growing up in California as one of five boys, if he wasn’t building a wooden spaceship he was probably drawing. He started entering shows as a teen and eventually earned a BFA from Utah State University. Mike lived in California and Washington in the USA for many years and now lives in Melbourne, Australia. Mike still works as an illustrator specializing in architectural illustration, however spends most of his time painting internationally award winning watercolors and oils, as well as teaching workshops in Australia and the U.S. In 2015 Mike won the coveted Silver Medal of Honor at the 148th AWS International Exhibition in New York.

The best watercolours, to me are confident and direct, with a bold use of colour. Learning to see and identify colour and it’s temperature will make our job a bit easier. We will spend some time constructing a solid figure drawing working on simplifying form. The addition of clothing will add some colour punch and drawing challenges. Learning to mix good colour, playing with dramatic lighting and interesting poses should make a pleasurable experience with watercolour.

Mike will also be running a 6 part course with HAS through February and March 2018.

Details of short course here