One spot newly available from a cancellation.


August 8-11 (4 days, Mon-Thurs)-Early bird Fee $500 ($550 after Feb. 28)

Alison Watt ~ Keeping a Visual Journal

About the workshop

Medium: watercolours, pencil crayon, pen and ink

Levels: all levels

An illustrated journal is a wonderful way to keep a record of day-to-day life as well as travel. A quick illustration can capture a memory in a unique way. In this class we will go over materials (journals, watercolours, pencil crayon, pens) and techniques (basic watercolour and pen and ink). We will learn how to get a drawing down simply and accurately and to simplify a scene, using some basic rules of composition and page layout. We’ll learn how to capture the figure and delve more deeply into drawing nature and elements of landscape (quick skies, trees, rocks). Finally we will explore creative ways to make our own journals.

You can find some of my journal sketches on my website

Supplies list

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About the artist

Alison Watt is a visual artist and writer. Her work includes botanical watercolours as well as still life, landscape, and abstract in mixed media, plaster, acrylic, and oil. The natural world informs both her painting and writing. In her twenties she worked as a seabird biologist in the Scott Islands, an experience she transformed into the award-winning book The Last Island, a Naturalist’s sojourn on Triangle Island. She has sailed the coast and worked as a naturalist along its length from the Strait of Georgia to Johnstone Strait, the Great Bear Rainforest, the Kitlope Valley, and Haida Gwaii.

She has shown her work in group and solo shows in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.  She teaches painting online, in her studio on Protection Island Nanaimo and abroad (in southern France).

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