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Monday, April 22, 2013

Brushes at the Ready!

Victor Henderson
two day watercolour courses for all stages and abilities
at Ferndale Studio, Durisdeer
1st/2nd June and 8th/9th June 2013

Victor Henderson is a watercolour painter known for his loose, large brush work on hot-pressed paper. Have a look at Victor’s website for more about him. 

Ferndale Studio is a comfortable, light-filled room in the beautiful conservation village of Durisdeer in the Lowther Hills of Dumfriesshire. The atmosphere is warm, friendly and informal. For more

The Course
After a brief talk about the course the first session will begin with everyone working as a group on a large sheet of watercolour paper exploring the particular character of water based medium on hot-pressed paper using a variety of methods - pouring, blowing, mark making, resistance techniques such as salt, alcohol, wax etc. You will see the magic of accident.

You will then begin working individually. All materials, including a variety of paper weights and surfaces are provided.
After lunch there will be a brief opportunity to take in the inspirational local environment.

The second session will begin by looking at how the drying process has affected the work and then you will continue developing your piece further. There will be ongoing help throughout the afternoon and, at the end of the day everyone will look at the work produced over a cup of tea and home-baking.

On the second day everyone will be working on an individual piece with continued support and regular stops. The course will end with a short crit of the work produced and a cup of tea.

Times and food
The course is for small groups of any ability. Each day starts at 9.30am with coffee (Nespresso), a variety of teas and scones. Lunch will be at 1.00pm and is a light buffet of home made soup, sandwiches and fruit (vegetarian options). Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available throughout the day. The day will finish around 5.00pm. 

"I had a lovely weekend. We were made so welcome at Ferndale and I think the course was a great success. Victor is really good at coaching and encouraging. It's a special skill to balance teaching/allowing self development /sharing artist experience, and Victor managed this brilliantly. This plus the great location, beautiful catering etc really worked well."
Sian Clifford, Edinburgh

Email   Tel 01848 500322

Durisdeer lies off the A702, approached from the South by the M6/A74 and the A76 from Dumfries and Thornhill. To the North the A702 connects with the A74 Junction 14.

2 day course fee: £150.00 (£50.00 non-returnable deposit).

Please book your place on the course initially by telephone or email. 
Please download a booking form here, and return the form with your deposit by the 27th May to:
Ferndale Studio, Greenbrae, Durisdeer, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, DG3 5BJ

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