August 2-5 (4 days, Wed-Sat)     Fee $440

BRENT LAYCOCK ~ Expressive Watercolour

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About the workshop

Medium: watercolours

Levels: advanced beginner to intermediate

In this 4-day course students will explore the creation of images using a loose spontaneous style of watercolour techniques. The use of expressive brushwork, exciting colour, and dynamic composition will be discussed, using a combination of demonstrations, slide shows, and individual help. Students will be shown how to take risks during the creative process, and how to analyse and make changes when things seem to go wrong. Watercolour is a medium that possesses the unique quality of doing the unexpected on its own, and this course is designed to help artists take advantage of serendipity. Instruction will deal mainly with landscape, floral and abstraction, but students

are welcome to bring other subject matter references.

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About the artist

Brent R. Laycock was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, in 1947, received an MFA at Brigham Young University in Utah, and now lives in Calgary with his wife, Kathy.  They are the parents of five children.

The subject matter for much of his work comes from the variety of mountain, foothill, prairie and parkland landscapes that are accessible from his home in Calgary. Much of his landscape painting expresses his love of the panoramic expanse of earth and sky which he develops into lyrical compositions.

For most of Laycock's career, he has worked in watercolor or in acrylic using a fluid, spontaneous style whereby the paint is applied in bold direct strokes rather than conforming to a preliminary drawing.  In his painting, communicating an emotional response is more important than detailed representation.

Laycock has held many solo exhibitions across Canada and in the USA and has participated in numerous juried group shows that have toured Canada, the USA , Mexico, Europe and Japan.  He is a member of the Alberta Society of Artists, the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, the Society of Canadian Artists, and the Royal Canadian Academy of Art.

His work is represented in the collection of Canadian watercolours that was presented to Her Majesty's Royal Collection at Windsor Castle in 1986.  In 1991, the Albert Government presented one of his watercolors to Queen Margrethe of Denmark.  He has received a variety of awards for acrylic and watercolour painting.  In 2006, the Province of Alberta awarded Laycock the Alberta Centennial Medal for contribution in the arts.

The major commissioned work of Brent Laycock has a surprising contrast in scale.  In 1982 and 1984, he was commissioned to do small paintings of Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park for Canada Post's $1.50 and $1.00 stamps.  He has produced large mural canvases for various institutions in Calgary, Lethbridge and Toronto and an outdoor historical mural in the Town of High River.  He was commissioned to create a design for the large flat roof of the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.  This art work, the size of half a football field, was designed to be viewed from tall buildings or aircraft.

His work is represented in many important corporate collections, in the university collections of Brigham Young University, the University of Alberta, and in public collections such as Calgary's Civic Collection, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, and the Mendel Art Gallery in Regina.  The book  Waterton: Brush & Pen  features over one hundred Laycock paintings of Waterton Lakes National Park accompanied by essays by renowned author, Fred Stenson.  Other articles and reproductions of his work have appeared in many Canadian and international art magazines and books.  WhitePine Productions has produced two instructional DVDs featuring Laycock’s acrylic and watercolour techniques.

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