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Abstract Fall Leaves in Watercolour with Michael Spillane: TWO DAY WORKSHOP

November 16 @ 10:00 am - November 17 @ 4:00 pm


TWO DAY WORKSHOP: November 16 and 17, 2019

Saturday 10-4 PM and Sunday, 10-4 PM

$140 plus HST (Members receive a 10% discount).  There is a minimum requirement of 6 to run this workshop so bring a friend!

*A $5 kit fee is payable to the Instructor at the beginning of class.

Ages 18+

This workshop will provide a unique opportunity to combine detailed watercolour botanical painting with expressive abstract work. The workshop will cover basic watercolour techniques – such as wet-on-wet painting and drybrushing, as well as focusing on composition and colour theory. Students will be given step-by-step instructions on how to use glazing, splatter and other special effects to complete a magnificent, impressionistic-style painting themed on the glorious colours and textures of autumn foliage.

Michael Spillane was born in Swansea, South Wales, and has a broad and eclectic background both in the arts and natural sciences. Together with his early interests in botanical science and the natural world, Michael pursued his love of the arts. He studied both classical drawing and painting techniques and botanical painting and holds a diploma in illustration and design, together with academic qualifications in horticulture, botany and music. Michael also studied classical guitar in Britain and has recorded and performed widely. He has held positions of editor and art director for two Canadian national magazines and has written over 300 articles worldwide. Today Michael teaches a variety of art courses at his studio in Mississauga (Spillane Studio of Fine Arts) and teaches workshop all over southern Ontario. His artistic style for the most part is based in realism, in particular, detailed and accurately rendered botanical paintings and classical still life vignettes. He works in oil on canvas on a fairly large scale and also paints smaller still life subjects on linen canvas and wood panels. Also following in the footsteps of the early Victorian plant collectors, Michael uses watercolour and various drawing mediums to capture detailed botanical works on a smaller scale.

Materials required:

2 x (10 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches) cut sheets of Fabriano 300 lb hot-pressed watercolour paper Or: any good quality (10 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches) 300 lb cold-pressed watercolour paper cut to size

2 x Masonite boards – 11 x 14 inches

Paper towels

Low-tac masking tape

Kneaded eraser

2H graphite pencil


Containers for water (margarine tubs or small jars are suitable)

White enamel palette or plate

Watercolour Spray Bottle

Daniel Smith fine line Artist Masking Fluid Applicator

Masking fluid (or rubber cement) pick-up


Bring whatever brushes you have similar to what is listed below:

#6 Curry’s (or similar) soft pointed tapered brush

Princeton #0 round brush

1/2 inch soft Filbert brush

Raphael 2/0 brush

#1 soft, flat brush

5/0 Royal & Langnickel pointed brush. (Or a good sable watercolour brush size 0, 1 or smaller)


November 16 @ 10:00 am
November 17 @ 4:00 pm
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Abstract Fall Leaves with Michael Spillane TWO DAY WORKSHOP$140.00