some comments from my students…
Review of Edges & Washes 2021
In Wellington the weekend of 7/8 August was wild. Cold southerlies, rain, even hail. Inside the Wellington Art Club in Miramar, it was warm. That wasn’t because of the heat pumps, though they were great. It was the warmth and energy generated by nine keen students – from as far away as Auckland and Morrinsville – at Charlotte Hird’s Edges and Washes Workshop. And it was the enthusiasm and teaching from Charlotte that kept us all engaged.
I was the only true beginner, and of course I learned a great deal. The others though, some of whom have been painting for years, revised skills and learned new ones under Charlotte’s expert tutelage. We practised soft and hard edges, and we practised washes and wet-on-wet painting and figure development. And we put all those into paintings so that we came away with our own idiosyncratic works of art, all glorious in their own ways.
Perhaps the most important aspect of our enjoyment was Charlotte’s encouragement and feedback. She gave us time, and she talked to us all individually as we slaved away over our brushes.
It was a truly wonderful workshop and I hope Charlotte runs many more.
by Jan Pryor
Thursday Art with Charlotte at Wellington Art Club
Charlotte’s Thursday watercolour classes are ideal for all levels of watercolourists, whether you are a beginner, want to refresh, learn new skills or meet other artists. I learnt how to use watercolours when I went to The Learning Connexion and have practised using them since, however not as much as I would like! Going to Charlotte’s class has already helped boost my confidence and I am learning lots of new skills as well as refreshing old ones. I have felt really empowered after each class.
Charlotte demonstrates many different techniques, using a digital screen so we can all see. She also welcomes her students to watch at her deskside if they so wish. Charlotte is very approachable and genuinely enjoys teaching. She makes herself available by walking around the room giving helpful advice, suggestions and praise.
Each lesson consists of different subject matter and techniques. In our first lesson, we practised ‘loading’ our brushes creating different gradients and learning how to create different shading effects. This gradually progressed to us creating beautiful landscape paintings.
In our second lesson, we did exercises on shading 3D objects and we did a colourwheel exercise. These exercises prepared us for our final task of painting vibrant tamarillos. Charlotte showed us how to create realistic light and shadow and how we can best achieve them using watercolour.
I highly recommend this class if you are interested in watercolour. I can’t wait for this week’s lesson!
by Tessa Mitchell