GORDON HARRIS WORKSHOPS

LEARN TO DRAW AND PAINT IN AN ARTSTORE!

I run regular watercolour painting and drawing workshops in Wellington’s beautiful art store; ‘Gordon Harris.’ We gather in an inspiring, collegial art space off the main shop area, perfectly equipped to enable creativity. On the day of your workshop, Gordon Harris offers a 10% discount, enabling you to purchase materials there if you want to. I recommend this learning space – it’s buzzing with creativity!

Please scroll down the page for course information and registration.

Learn to draw

1. This course is for complete beginners; it’s for you if you haven’t drawn since you were a child, if you think it’s impossible to learn, if you believe you don’t have a ‘creative bone in your body’ (I’ve heard that one many times!) This is the voice of your left hemisphere, whose job is to keep you safe by avoiding things you may fail at. I show you how to change your perception of failure and to think of it as an intrinsic and powerfully beneficial part of the learning process. This course is for you if drawing is something you’ve always dreamed about but have never had the opportunity. It’s for you, if you’ve had some experience but lack direction or would like to extend your skills.

2. There is no right or wrong way to draw when you’re learning, every drawing is a valid and valuable part of the process. Every drawing you do, no matter how ‘good’ or ‘bad’, creates new brain circuitry which enables the next step. I support and encourage you and provide fundamental techniques that build on one another, enabling the next step.

3. I show you how to consciously activate your right hemisphere, which being primarily visual and spatial, is ideally equipped for drawing. Everyone unconsciously activates their right hemisphere. Every time your eye is attracted to a glorious sunset, a beautiful flower, a bird soaring high above you; when you pat your cat or dog, take your child or loved one in your arms, listen to music, dance, you activate the deep, silent reservoir of your unconscious mind; your right hemisphere.

4. In this workshop you discover the fundamental drawing techniques that enable you to draw in line. I show you how to see and record the visual information pertaining to pieces of fruit, shells, leaves and hands and as part of the process’ you learn how to draw in proportion. This course enables you to do line drawings for pleasure whenever you feel like it and to create hand drawn cards for friends. It gets you started.

5. I teach simple mindfulness techniques to help you relax, optimise the process and address any concerns that may arise from your left hemisphere. Mindfulness, like drawing, activates the right hemisphere of your brain.

Details

Date;  Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2019.
Time;  10.00 to 4.00, Saturday and Sunday
Venue;  Gordon Harris, Cnr Bute and Vivian Streets, Wellington
Cost;  $280   Early bird ; $260, pay by 23rd June
Limited spaces

Morning and afternoon tea available, please provide your own lunch.
To secure your place, please pay the deposit at the end of the page.

 

Drawing for Absolute Beginners

$NZ50

approx   USD32,  AUD47,  GBP26

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Watercolour for Absolute Beginners

1. This course is for you if you’ve always dreamed about being able to paint with watercolour but think it’s ‘too hard’. This is a very common perception and it’s true if you use watercolour like acrylic or oil paints. Watercolour has a very specific nature, a chemistry which if you work with, gives you satisfying results.

2. This course is for you if you’ve tried watercolour but are frustrated with your results – you end up with white and dark patches, ‘cauliflowers’, your pictures look great when wet but disappointing when dry, it just feels impossible to control the paint. It’s for you if you feel completely inspired to learn because you love watercolour paintings!

3. I show you how to address all the issues that create the perception that watercolour is the most difficult medium. I give you fundamental techniques, showing you how to hold the brush, mix paint, create just the right consistencies of paint to water to ensure subtle lights and luscious darks – every time! I show you how to create flat washes, how to glaze over the top of them to create depth and glow and I introduce you to blending. You learn how to manage the brush and how to paint into corners and create straight edges with relative ease. It’s all possible!

4. I show you how to feel safe with watercolour’s inherent tendency to flow by controlling and allowing when appropriate. Everyone can learn how to achieve results with watercolour. As part of the process I give simple mindfulness techniques which support you to manage the concerns of your left hemisphere, relax and optimise the process. You learn how to consciously activate the right hemisphere of your brain.

Details

Date; Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July
Time;  10 – 4pm, both days
Venue;  Gordon Harris, Cnr Vivian and Bute St, Wellington
Cost;  $280  Early bird; $260, pay by 30th June
Limited spaces

Morning and afternoon tea available, please provide your own lunch.
To secure your place please pay the deposit below.

 

Watercolour for Absolute Beginners

$NZ50

approx   USD32,  AUD47,  GBP26

Enrol with Deposit

There Are currently
0
student enrollments