Art On Ninth Artist Retreat

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Art On Ninth Artist Retreat

August 23August 25

Dive into the wonder of watercolours in this comprehensive and immersive weekend retreat led by Calgary artist and art educator, Stephen Dozois!

Perfect for new painters and well seasoned artists alike, this retreat offers two days of concentrated instruction and hands-on practice, allowing for focus, skill development, and the exploration of new techniques.

Stephen has designed his retreat to be stimulating, challenging, innovative and fun, offering a deep exploration of various watercolour techniques in a supportive and nurturing environment where artists are encouraged to experiment, take risks and learn new methods.

Here’s what’s in store.

Day 1:
Opening Reception and Artist’s Demo at Art on 9th

Day 2:
Mastering the Basics

The weekend kicks off with a focus on the foundations of watercolour painting starting with a quick demo of stretching watercolour paper and emphasizing its importance. Stephen will then dive into fundamental topics such as drawing techniques, composition principles and selecting a subject. He will then move onto the steps it takes to realize a watercolour painting from start to finish. It’s a comprehensive start that covers all the essentials for creating captivating and well-structured works of art.

Play with Paint

Then it’s time to have some fun playing with paint, as Stephen covers several techniques including wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, fun ways to use masking fluid, colour mixing, brush handling, using alcohol, wax, salt, watercolour pencils, ink pens and so much more!

Throughout the day, you’ll work on two or three paintings, drawing inspiration from provided references or, weather permitting, venturing outdoors for some plein air painting.

And rest assured, one-on-one feedback, guidance, and coaching will be provided every step of the way, ensuring a supportive and encouraging environment for all.

Day 3
The Real Fun Begins!

We will be trying a unique form of watercolour you are sure to love – Watercolour Batik. Using Ginwashi rice paper and heated wax as a resist (paper and wax supplied), this technique encourages creativity, experimentation and innovation. Watercolour Batik is a unique, vibrant fusion of artistic traditions, bridging a gap between Eastern and Western artistic techniques. Enabling the artist to explore new ways of expression and push the boundaries of traditional watercolour painting methods.

Through hands-on demonstrations and individualized instruction, you’ll discover these new techniques, resulting in art that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Don’t Miss this Incredible Opportunity to Develop Your Talent

Join us for Creative Splash – a weekend of exploration, learning, and creative growth. Whether you’re a beginner looking to build a solid foundation or an experienced painter eager to expand your skills, this workshop promises to be a fun and enriching experience. Register now on our website


August 23
August 25
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