Judith Van Heeren, Teacher
Judith Van Heeren is a professional artist who has been painting images from the natural world for the past 30 years. She exhibits in private and public galleries, and her work is held in many public and private collections nationally and internationally. Judith has been finalist in prizes including the Geelong contemporary art prize and Waterhouse natural history art prize, and is represented in Melbourne by Murray White Room.
Watercolours Level 1 & 2 description:
This is an ongoing mixed-level class which runs on Friday mornings. Students will develop skills in drawing and the use of watercolours using the natural world as inspiration, and will be guided through the basics of drawing and watercolours, making a series of small studies.
More advanced students are welcome to bring their own projects to the class for assistance and feedback, or to explore tasks suggested by the teacher. This class is suitable for both complete beginners and students with some previous experience. Each student will work at their own level with one-on-one guidance.
Watercolour Workshop description:
Picturing Nature in Watercolour is a one-day workshop on observational nature drawing in watercolour. The six-hour course will guide the student in the art of observing and focusing on the intimate in the natural world. Two sessions in the morning focus on observational drawing and familiarising with the medium: sketching in pencil; mixing colour through transparent layering; becoming familiar with the brushes and their endless possibilities; exploring wet on wet technique and wet on dry. In the second half of the day we will combine the various techniques and work on a detailed study in watercolour.
Our watercolour workshop is limited to 12 students ensuring each attendee gets one-on-one tuition and can understand the medium at their own pace. All materials are included. Judith’s skill, patience and knowledge will help to unlock the difficulties in controlling this delicate medium and get students on the road to working autonomously.