Saturday, June 30, 2012

Creative Composition Workshop!

Yesterday I was the instructor for a 'Creative Composition Workshop' for our local Watercolour society members and friends.

One of the members very kindly allowed us to use her fabulous garden as a base for our workshop and I donated my time so that meant that all proceeds could go into BWS funds.

I think I will be the envy of all art workshop instructors because the setting was just AMAZING!!!

During the workshop the class had the opportunity to discover and explore many different compositional rules that could turn the ordinary into the unusual... the everyday into something much more visually grabbing. They learnt about fibonnacci and the harmonic triangle.... they were amazed how much math was linked to our interpretation of Beauty :)

Here is one of the class reading more about about each of the rules that I had discussed in my introductory session 

The class were then given time to try out  each of the compositional ideas for themselves through sketching...

and photography

I encouraged them to look from unusual angles...

...and of course I had to demonstrate the effect that could be created. One of the students sneekily snapped this shot as I was doing so :)

Then it was their turn to get fun, visually grabbing references :)

These are a couple that I took as demonstrations of the effects you can create with a little creativity

  There was plenty of fun and laughter throughout the day and I was well taken care of with cool iced drinks, brownies and an assortment of yummy snacks as well as a comfy place to sit when i needed a rest :)

Lastly we  came together to look at each others work and I helped them to see how the references or sketches could be modified and then used for possible paintings. I hope they share any paintings they create with me when they have done them.

Wasn't it a wonderful venue!


  1. I wish I lived close enough to attend. Any plans of doing any workshops further afield. I'm sure they would be VERY popular


  2. What a fantastic location! How lucky they were to have you as the added bonus Ona :)

  3. No plans at the moment Kate but you never know in the future :)

    yes Pene, it was a wonderful Location. The workshop wouldnt have nearly been as much fun without so many wonderful things to sketch and photograph :)

  4. Ona, will you be doing any workshops this fall or winter in the Toronto area?

    I just LOVE your teddybear paintings!

    cheers, Diane

  5. Hi Diane,

    I will be doing a small 4 hour workshop as part of the BWS Cultural days event at Boynton House in September. The details are not out yet but will be soon.