Fly like a Bird, November 20 and 21, 2021
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Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November.
18.00 to 20.30 Berlin time or to be agreed with participants
Live online workshop with YVES KERVOELEN, Berlin
This is one of the three watercolour workshops part of the “Mix, Match and Fly” watercolour course. You can book each workshop individually or take advantage of the special price for the bundle containing the three events. Read more below.
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Through the use of birds, you will practice how to mix colours, to apply them as washes, layers, or using texturing, By painting three different birds over the course of three workshops, you will gain the necessary skills to paint your very own Kingfisher watercolour artwork in the fourth workshop. And learn how to step through your process. For you to apply these teachings on your own.
You will learn
- Layering techniques
- Colour mixing
- Create abstract motifs to use as an illustration
- Paint four different birds
- Play with contrasts
This workshop is good for all skill levels
Basic knowledge of paint and the handling of paint and brush are a plus.
If you wish to brush up your colour mixing and matching skills to make the best out of your bird paintings, make sure to sign up to Ame’s workshop on colour mixing and and Andrea’s workshop on the Impact of Colour
Using the teachings from Amé’s workshop on colour mixing, and Andrea’s workshop on colour matching for maximum impact, you will learn to apply contrast, motifs, colour contrast (primary and secondary) to create a series of birds, leading to the making of your bird.
1. Paint a Cockatoo; Layerings
In this lesson we will practice layerings techniques by painting a Cockatoo. This bird, mostly found in Australia, is the perfect shape for beginners/ medium level artists – ready to take their skill sets to the next level. Or to learn how to shape, and layer an animal. We will also learn to play with washes as this bird has a wonderful coloured crest.
2. Paint a Lilac Breasted Roller : Washes/ textures
This small bird from Africa with its bright coloured chest is the perfect animal to learn and practice color mixes and washes. Through this one hour class we will practice how to shape a three-quarter view of a Lilac Breasted Roller, mix various colours to create bright hues. For us to recreate the multicoloured palette of this bird through watercolours washes
3. Paint a Peacock : Layering/ motifs
To deepen our skills in colour mixing, layers and textures we will work on a peacock. This bird is perfect to get a little more abstract and start creating a more illustrated version using the abstract techniques learnt with Andrea.
4. Paint your own Kingfisher
In this lesson you will use all the skills you have learnt with us/ me and create your VERY OWN KINGFISHER BIRD. Due to the 114 species this bird has; you will choose your own kingfisher. You will be able to choose how to approach the lesson more or less on your own. What techniques are you planning on using and in which order. Why? What is your colour palette? Is there a style you want to explore (dynamic, illustrated, flat, …)
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Please make sure the paper is suitable for watercolours and at least 250gsm. Ame’s personal recommendations are Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media 265gsm, Hahnemühle Britannia MATT 300gsm, and Strathmore 400 series 300gsm.
For true beginners and those who aren’t familiar with pigments and colour names – I recommend getting a good, inexpensive set of palette such as the ones below, which are very affordable and of good quality!
- Winsor and Newton Cotman 12 Half Pan Set
- Van Gogh Travel Half Pan Set (of 12 or 16)
IF you are ready to get your own paints, here are my recommendations. You do not need to get all the colours, but please prepare at least six colours (both warm and cool primaries) and Burnt Sienna.
Ultramarine Blue(PB29), Nickel Azo Yellow(PY150) or Hansa Yellow Deep(PY65), Pyrrole Red/Permanent Red Deep(PR254)
Phthalo Blue Green Shade(PB15:3), Lemon Yellow(PY3) or Permanent Yellow Light(PY151), Permanent Magenta(PR122) or Quinacridone Rose(PV19) or Pyrrole Crimson(PR264)
Perylene Maroon(PR179) or Indian Red(PR101), Yellow Ochre(PY42) or Raw Sienna(PBr7), Indanthrone Blue(PB60) or Cerulean Blue(PB35/36)
Essential for Mixing Neutrals:
Phthalo Green Blue Shade(PG7, Also known as Viridian in some brands) and Burnt Sienna(PBr7/PR101)
A round and a flat brush of size between 8 to 10 would do nicely. Please make sure they are made for watercolours. There is nothing more frustrating than a brush that doesn’t hold enough water or pigments!
Single SessionJust one session
- One live session with the artist.
- Total of 2.5 hours session
- Questions and Answers live
- Individual Feedback can be booked separately
Mix, Match, Fly. Super Workshop Bundle6 Sessions, 3 workshops
Single WorkshopTwo sessions per event
- Two live sessions, total of 5 hours
- Live demonstrations with the artist
- Questions and Answers live
- Individual feedback with the artist can be booked separately
20 November: Painting techniques for birds
- 18:00 - 20:30
- Paint a Cockatoo and a Lilac Breasted Roller
- Layers: In this lesson we will practice layerings techniques and play with washes as this bird has a wonderful coloured crest. We will learn washes and textures.
21 November: Choosing colours for your birds
- 18:00 - 20:30
- Paint a Peacock and a Kingfisher
- you will use all the skills you have learnt with us/ me and create an original design. You can apply all the techniques and colour choices you picked up in the previous session and workshops on colour mixing and colour matching.
Yves KervoelenIllustrator, Architect, Painter
Yves Kervoelen is an editorial and commercial illustrator based in Berlin, Germany — a chocolate addict and a former architect. You can find him, on weekends, at local markets (see below). When not outside, Yves can be found at home doodling, painting, knitting, or baking. Or outside, happily swinging in a park or by the riverbed.
Yves is also the founder of Handmade Berlin, a community to support artists in Berlin. More at https://www.instagram.com/handmadeBerlin