Introduction to Watercolours – Registration TBA Soon!

Course Description: This introductory watercolor class is a studio-based course that will guide you through your first steps while learning the basics of various watercolor techniques, material and colour mixing. You will learn the fundamentals of playing and exploring with textures with the help of demonstrations and guidance at every step.

About the Instructor: Genevieve Sideleau lives and works in Montreal where she earned her Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University. She has exhibited in Montreal, Ottawa, Northwest Territories, Boston, South Korea, and Serbia with a multidisciplinary practice involving painting, drawing, printmaking, installation and object-based work. Her practice communicates a vision of the human condition and focuses on society’s overlooked and discarded. Sideleau is an art instructor working in several art centers in Montreal. You can find her work in private and public collections across Canada, the United-States and abroad.

Required Materials: 

  • Paint Palette (note: it’s nice to have a large surface as well as a palette that closes since you’ll continue working for weeks and won’t lose your watercolors by cleaning them off every class)
  • Watercolor paints (note: make sure they are tubes of wet paint and not the dry tablets)Brushes of various sizes and shapes (Round, Flat, Angular, Bright, Filbert, and a very, very tiny brush. They can be made from animal hair (sable, ox, squirrel, and goat) or synthetic (they are soft to the touch). (note: do not buy hog hair brushes (light beige color), they are too coarse and don’t absorb water well and do not use previously used oil painting brushes)
  • (1) Hake or mop brush (note: they vary in sizes but don’t take something too small since they are used for larger surfaces)
  • (1) HB pencil
  • (1) Eraser (white or Artgum)
  • Roll of Paper towel or rags (ripped old t-shirts work great)
  • Acid free watercolor paper pad (note: weight MUST BE 140lb or higher/size: no smaller than 8” X 10”)
  • Coarse or sea salt
  • Small spray bottle (they have a small hand size one in art stores in the watercolor section but also at the dollar store in the travel section)
  • Container for water (any container will do: yoghurt, Mason jar, Tupperware, etc.)Old toothbrush
  • (1) Sponge

*Please contact the instructor for any questions regarding materials:*

Required Knowledge: No previous experience necessary!