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Watercolour Techniques: Water

Watercolour lends itself to the depiction of itself i.e. water! Learn to paint reflections, still water, a wind ruffled surface, ripples, lake and ocean surfaces in this short workshop

Materials not included.

Absolutely needed for this workshop: 
  • Ultramarine Light/Deep or French Ultramarine
  • Prussian Blue
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Quinacridone Magenta or Permanent Rose
  • Aureolin Yellow or Hansa Yellow
  • 1” wash brush (can be squirrel or synthetic but not bristle) 
  • Size 4, 8 and 12 round brush
  • Palette
  • min 3 sheets of 8×10 or 9×12 Cold Press Rag Cotton Watercolour Paper (cut down from a larger sheet, or purchase a pad or block)
*Paints should be artist quality watercolours tubes (not pans) for best results.  
Suggested Kelley Aitken Palette (FYI but not all needed for this workshop):
  • Cobalt Blue 
  • Ultramarine Light/Deep or French Ultramarine
  • Prussian Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Aureolin Yellow or Hansa Yellow
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Quinacridone Magenta or Permanent Rose 
  • Pyrrole Red or Winsor Red or Turner Red
  • Perylene Violet
  • Burnt Sienna

About the Instructor:

Kelley Aitken is an author and artist. She has exhibited in Canada and Ecuador and has work in many private collections and is represented in the Canada Council Art Bank collection. Her work can be seen at

Love in a Warm Climate, The Porcupine’s Quill, 1998 was nominated for Best First Book, the Commonwealth Prize. She co-edited First Writes, Banff Press, 2003. Current writing projects include a novel Dreaming of Tom Thomson, and a manuscript of essays, images and poetry about art, Drawing and Love.

Kelley has taught art for over 25 years, offering private classes and workshops, and running art programs for community-based agencies serving newcomers to Canada and women experiencing long-term poverty. She has taught surface design at Sheridan College and currently teaches drawing and writing programs in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario.