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Watercolour Pencil Portraiture

Saturday 28 May 2022




Sat 28 May, 10:00-16:00


Main Street, Historic Villiage Tauranga, 159 17th Avenue

In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to develop both watercolour pencil and portrait drawing techniques to encapsulate both the subjects and their own unique characteristics. Professional watercolourist and portrait artist Helen English will guide participants through the various stages of portraiture through various observational techniques and practical applications, focusing on: Understanding facial proportions and skeletal structure. Utilising different techniques to determine individual proportions.

How to create three dimensional artworks using light and shade. Progression of portrait using watercolour pencils. How pencils differ from traditional watercolour, and the range of what can be achieved with them. Using both pencil and watercolour pencil to create realism or a stylised portrait.

Tutor: Helen English
Date: 28th May 2022
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: The Artery
Price: $120 All materials supplied, as well as tea coffee and nibbles.

Open to all levels of experience, ages 18 and over (unless accompanied by adult). ‘Drawing people, from my imagination and life, has been a constant since I was very young. I spent my childhood constantly drawing in whatever medium I could get my hands on. I began painting in my late 20s, starting with acrylic and oils, however when I discovered watercolour, in later years, it really felt like I'd found home! It's an amazing medium - so delicate by itself but so easy to add depth to with ink or watercolour pencil techniques. I have a teaching background, primary through to adults, so combining teaching with art is my happy place’.

You can see Helen’s work on her website www.helenenglishartist.com/.

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