If you’re interested in taking one of my future workshops in Montreal, please contact me and I will add you to my mailing list.
I’m also available to give a workshop in your city, if we can round up enough participants.
For more information, you can get in touch with me at:
sblaukopf (at) gmail (dot) com
Watercolour Workshop Summer 2015
Sketching Landscape in Watercolor
A three-day workshop with Shari Blaukopf
June 30 – July 2, 2015
If you haven’t experienced it, the storied Fairmont Le Château Montebello resort—midway between Montreal and Ottawa—is a remarkable entrée to Eastern Canadian nature and casual luxury.
Built in 1930, and for decades a private playground for political leaders and royalty, the Château is constructed of 10,000 red-cedar logs in a rustic style underpinned with luxurious services and amenities. The soaring lobby, made entirely of logs, is worth the trip alone. The food is varied and exquisite, and Château Montebello is easily accessible from the Ottawa and Montreal airports.
The surrounding gardens, outbuildings, forests and countryside are a sketcher’s paradise. If you choose to come with a partner or spouse, there’s no shortage of activities. Apart from wonderful walks and hikes, there’s Montebello’s award-wining golf course, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, tennis, squash and plenty more to do.
To learn more about Château Montebello, visit their website at: http://www.fairmont.com/montebello/
I’ve designed the Montebello workshop to accelerate your development and confidence in watercolour sketching. There’s nothing like a couple of days of intensive painting, instruction, critiques and fellowship to achieve personal breakthroughs. I’ve seen it time and again — and experienced it myself.
I begin each day with a demonstration on location around the grounds and town of Montebello. Among the subjects we will explore are good value planning, establishing a well designed composition, distilling complex scenes to their essence, mixing clean colours, capturing the plays of light and shadow, and preserving whites. I will then invite the participants to try out for themselves, as I circulate and provide assistance, tips and feedback.
The group lunch at a local café is always a great way to unwind, discuss what we’ve learned and plan a bit of the afternoon. Also, it’s just plain fun.
At the end of the day’s second session, we’ll conclude with a group critique, where we will look at everyone’s production for that day, and learn from each other.
The Montebello workshop is designed for artists with some experience in drawing and watercolour. Once the workshop fills up (on a first come, first served basis), I will send each participant a materials list and further details about the workshop. Be prepared to do a bit of walking to get to our locations each day.
For more information, you can email me at: sblaukopf (at) gmail (dot) com