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Flowers and Birds painting in watercolor technique. Hands on technique approach.

The course will be led in the comfort of my studio. It is one to one class. The aim of the course will be to show, using practical demonstrations how a simple straightforward painting method can be an effective way of achieving fresh-looking painting. The participants will learn the main principles of watercolour technique, composition, and mixing colours. They will learn how to create a complete painting fitting up sketches, photographs and still life objects. They will learn how to improvise using additional materials as masking fluid, salt, sponge etc. At the end of the course participants will go home with many small experiments on paper and one or two completed paintings, depending on desire. HOW THE COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT: I am going to combine talking, demonstration and working with participant on their projects. The sessions will be more practical with a lot of demonstrations and experiments. Use hands-on technique. During the course I am going to use photographs, still life and books as inspirational images (mainly botanical) for the main projects and experiments. Participants are welcome to bring their own photographs. First three weeks participants will improvise on many different pieces of paper. They will learn how to make a basic sketch on to the paper with 2B pencil. I will introduce some principles of watercolour technique. We going to learn and explore watercolour technique in combination with other materials for creating interesting effects. I am going to talk about the colours and light in painting. Participants will learn about primary, secondary colours, about the light and contrast. Colour temperature and how it helps with the perspective. There will be demonstration of some useful colour mixes. Simple rules of composition will be introduced as well. We going to explore brush strokes and how to make different marks on paper. Experiments with salt, beads, collage, and masking fluid will be part of the course. When the participants feel familiar and confident with the technique, we will start working on the main project after the third week. WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT TO LEARN: Basic principles of watercolour technique, colour mixing, composition and perspective. How to use masking fluid. How to combine additional materials (salt, beads, leaves, sponge) for creating texture and other effects on painting. The techniques we going to explore are wet in wet, using masking fluid and lifting, using salt, adding texture, seeds, collage, using gesso, combing watercolours with ink. RESOURCES REQUIRED BY STUDENTS / ADDITIONAL COSTS: Watercolour paints, one small tube of acrylic-white; Brushes, large and medium rounded brushes. Sizes from 2 to 16 variable, and one rigger brush (with long fine hairs for fine lines); One big and one medium flat brush; Palette knives (may use credit card) for flicking paint and applying bold large strokes. Pencil 2B, black ink pen; Painting surfaces: heavy paper-sketchbook (preferably A3). Please bring your own watercolour palette and an empty jar (500ml or bigger)

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At teacher's location: Drylaw House Paddock, Edinburgh, UK

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Age:
Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
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Student level:
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Duration:
60 minutes
The class is taught in:English

About Me

Diana lives and works in Edinburgh since 2011. She has been pursuing her professional artistic practice ranging from painting and fine art conservation, art tutoring to large-scale murals and book illustrations for over 20 years now.
“Light, colour and magic realism is where I often draw inspiration for my current painting and drawing projects employing watercolour, ink, oil and acrylic. I focus on landscapes, cityscapes and dreamscapes as I feel compelled to mix reality and fantasy in compositions which juxtapose uncommon imagery as if in a dream.

Education

Education
1997 – 2003: National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
Master Degree in Restoration and Conservation of Fine Arts.
2017-Art and Design, Telford College, Edinburgh

Exhibitions:
Solo Exhibitions
2020/21 Thistles, Sunflowers and Dreamscapes, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
2016 July Colours, North Edinburgh Arts, Edinburgh
2009 September Memories, Town Hall, Chepelare

2009 August Memories, Culture Club Gallery, Smolyan

2009 July Memories, Plastelin Studio Gallery, Sofia
2008 Impressions, Blue Margarita Gallery, Sofia

Group Exhibitions
2017-2023-Maccmilan Annual Art Shows
2020 New Works as part of Colony of Artists Festival, Edinburgh
2020 UIG Open 2020 Re-imagined, Hulabhalg Gallery, Timsgarry, Isle of Lewis
2020 Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh
2019 Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams, Edinburgh
2019 Recent Works as part of Colony of Artists Festival, Edinburgh
2019 Human Condition, Art Gallery 37, Turin
2019 Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh
2018 E.D.S Gallery, Edinburgh

2018 All Can be Frida, Espacio Gallery, London

2018 Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams, Edinburgh

2018 Dancing Light Gallery, West Linton

2018 Threads, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh

2017 Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams, Edinburgh

2016 Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams, Edinburgh

2016 Capture Scotland, Morningside Church, Edinburgh

2014 Three Person Exhibition, Hangar Gallery, North Berwick

2014 Christmas, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh

2013 Christmas, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh

2011 Annual Exhibition, Culture Club Gallery, Smolyan
2010 Pleven Biennial, Iliya Beshkov Regional Art Gallery, Pleven
2010 Culture Club Gallery, Smolyan

2008 Culture Club Gallery, Smolyan

2007 Smolyan Regional Art Gallery, Smolyan

1999 The Savovs, Fest Invest Hall, Sofia

1995 The Savovs, Town Hall, Chepelare and touring to Smolyan and Tryavna

Public Art Commissions
2008 Camondo House murals, Istanbul
2005 Last Judgment Frescos, Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Pamporovo
Publications
2019 The Edinburgh Art Book. The City Through the Eyes of its Artists. Edited by Emma Bennett. Published by UIT Cambridge Ltd, Edinburgh

2004 Donkey Muk. Illustrations of a children’s book. Published by Zhar Publishing House, Sofia

Experience / Qualifications

Education
1997 – 2003: National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
Master Degree in Restoration and Conservation of Fine Arts.
2017-Art and Design, Telford College, Edinburgh
The purpose of classes will be to have fun while improvising and exploring watercolour technique in the context of landscape painting. Classes are available as single workshops or full term of 10 classes. You going to learn how to use different materials and textures for creating painting based on photos. It is designed to teach basic skills and to give you the confidence to enjoy the fascinating medium of watercolour. This course is for anyone interested in learning to paint in watercolour from starch. More experience painters are welcome as well. The aim of the course will be to demonstrate, how a simple straight forward painting method can be an effective way of achieving fresh-looking painting. The participants will learn the main principles of watercolour technique, washes, layering, composition, mixing colours, how to create perspective using tonal value, colour temperature and objects. They will learn how to create interest in the painting fitting up sketches, photographs and still life. learning how to improvise using additional materials as masking fluid, salt, sponge and other is part of the course. At the end of the course participants will go home with many small pieces on paper and one or two completed paintings, depending on desire. Single workshop are variable depending on participant's desire. The topics are how to paint skies, trees, mountains, water and how to combine them together.

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