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FREE! Sketching and Painting your World (Waitlist)

With Neil Dawson

September 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Carrying a small pocket sketchbook provides the opportunity to capture and interact with those scenes that resonate with you. This frequent daily practice builds your art muscle. At the same time, a quick snapshot with the cellphone can provide colour and lighting information to build on a live sketch.

In this workshop we will take inspiration from the LAC property, to sketch and make a small watercolour painting. Pencil and watercolour are readily portable and accessible media. We will review a fluid approach to quick line drawing

For watercolour skills, we will focus on the effects of colour dilution, washes, hard and soft edges, and getting simplified colour elements onto paper. Simplified light and shadow effects and key compositional elements make a striking personal memoir.

Audience: This workshop is suited for adults and teenagers 14 and up. Some familiarity with pencil sketching, the use of transparent watercolour, and your preferred paper types would be beneficial but not required!

Weather: In case of rain, activities will be performed inside the museum or one of the art studios of the Leighton Art Centre. Extremely poor weather may result in cancellation.

Supplies: Will be supplied by the Leighton Art Centre thanks to funding from Alberta Culture Days! This is an outdoor workshop, so please wear weather appropriate clothing, and don’t forget to pack your bug spray, sunscreen, hat, jacket, a water bottle, a bagged lunch, snacks, and anything else you may need to enjoy your day!

Registration cost:   Free BUT please reserve your spot!!! Registration is first come, first served.

All participants must sign our Covid-19 Liability waiver prior to their participation in a workshop. You can view our Covid-19 liability waiver here: https://leightoncentre.org/workshop-covid-19-liability-release-waiver/

Cancellation and Refund Policy: This is a free workshop! Please note – we have a limited number of tickets available, so PLEASE let us know ASAP if you can not make it to this workshop, so that we can offer your spot to someone else.


As a biologist and geologist with an intense interest in people, food, and the world around me, I have been making art all my life. It all started as a toddler being given paper and pencil to amuse myself. I have had private and gallery shows here in Canada and the UK, and have paintings in both private and corporate collections. I have encouraged art to children in Before and After School settings and here at LAC.


September 25, 2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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