Location Sketching in Watercolour A Plein Air Workshop with Shari Blaukopf


Shari Blaukopf is a Montreal-based teacher, painter and sketch blogger who loves to travel and share her love of sketching. She’s the author of The Urban Sketching Handbook: Working with Color, and you can find her online courses Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink and Watercolor and Sketching the City in Pen, Ink and Watercolor on Bluprint.com. She’s been part of the Urban Sketchers community since 2012 and has given many watercolor workshops both on her own and internationally through the Urban Sketchers Workshop Program. Her watercolors are in corporate, government and private collections in North America and abroad, and she’s a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.


Blog:  www.shariblaukopf.com

Website:  www.blaukopfwatercolours.com

Instagram @sharisketcher

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Workshop description

How do you tell the story of a place through your sketches? The answer is not in any single sketch, of course. The answer emerges slowly across a series of sketches, both large and small, captured in a single sketchbook. Turning the pages, these sketches reflect the essence of the location and your responses to place.

This two-day workshop is designed to give participants a variety of skills to help them feel confident while sketching on location — capturing people, places and things that evoke a time and a place — and return home with a sketchbook filled with fresh and colorful sketches.

As part of a small group, participants will observe plenty of demos and receive individual attention as we work on value studies, color, composition, vignettes, lettering, simplifying a scene, and keeping our watercolors fresh. We’ll focus on having fun while we sketch, recording as much as we can as we capture urban scenes in the city. Each day will end with a review and a critique.  

Learning goals

In this workshop participants will learn how to:

- capture the visual story of a place

- create focal points in their sketches

- work quickly and confidently in ink and watercolour

- create vignettes and multi-sketch page layouts enhanced with hand-lettering

Site location: Almonte.  In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will take place in the KAC studio on Cameron Harvey Drive.

Dates/Time:  September 7th and 8th, 2021.  9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Fees:  KAC members - $265.00   Non-members: $285.00 due at registration.

Registration:  limited to 15 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration will open for KAC members on July 25th .  It will open to the general public on August 1st. 

Fees may be paid in full at the time of registration, or in two installments: $140.00 at the time of registration, and the balance by cheque, post-dated to September 1st.

Kanata Art Club reserves the right to cancel a workshop where there is insufficient registration.  You will be notified and issued a cheque for a full refund.

To withdraw prior to the start date, please contact the registrar@kac1.ca.  A cheque for a full refund less an administrative fee of $25.00 will be issued if a written request is received no less than 30 days prior to the start of the workshop, i.e., on August 7th, 2021.  There will be no refund issued for withdrawal requests received after August 7th, 2021, unless we are able to fill your spot from a waitlist.