In this four-week class, students will create 4 expressive paintings while learning watercolour techniques and ways to include unusual mediums with watercolour. “Expressive” creation in art focuses on showing an emotion or an idea, as opposed to creating a “finished” artwork that looks a specific way.
The class is taught through instructor demos, observing works by other artists, and learner-instructed experimentation. The learning outcomes throughout the four classes include:
- Creating a contour line drawing
- Creating basic washes with watercolour (Such as flat wash, wet on wet, wet on dry)
- Incorporating mediums found in the kitchen into watercolor painting
- Gaining inspiration for creating mixed media artwork with watercolor
#1. Image of instructor working on a piece from her personal practice.
#2. Instructor’s personal artwork: “Inner Garden,” Watercolour on Paper.
’#3. Instructor’s personal artwork: “Inner Garden 2,” Watercolour on Paper.
#4. Project demo from Class 1 of this program.
#5. Project demo from Class 3 of this program.
Jenny Chen is a multimedia artist who creates visual stories influenced by themes of spirituality and existentialism. Chen holds a BFA from OCAD University with a major in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Illustration. Her exhibition history includes the Small Arms Inspections Building, Toronto Media Arts Centre and Living Arts Centre. She has received various grants for her work from the Ontario Arts Council. Her piece, “Multitude of Fish” was featured in the Toronto Star in 2020.
Chen currently teaches art to children through her online virtual school, “Miss Jenny’s Studio”. Since 2020, she has taught 3000+ learners in 50+ countries ages 4-13. So far she has offered classes on drawing, painting and critical thinking through art.
Links to Jenny’s work, reviews and media attention
Who Should Take This Workshop?
Anyone who is interested in learning about watercolor painting. No previous art or painting experience is required to take this class as it is geared towards beginners. Those who have previous experience with painting are also welcome to join.
Session 1: Silly Selfies — Contour Self Portrait with different wash techniques.
Session 2: Terrific Texture — Exploration with salt, rice, plastic wrap and paper towel to make interesting textures.
Session 3: Amazing Abstraction — Observe famous abstract artwork and create a fun abstract painting with a straw.
Session 4: Mixed Media Madness — Create mixed media artwork with other fun drawing materials.
This class does not require any prerequisite learning.
Session 1: November 24, 2021
Session 2: December 01, 2021
Session 3: December 08, 2021
Session 4: December 15, 2021
Start time: 18:00 EDT
End time: 20:00 EDT
Venue: Zoom Conference