Artist and instructor, Greg Swainson, begins his Wednesday morning art classes at Raintree Studio & Gallery by unveiling the 'subject of the day'. His students gather 'round his desk as he demonstrates the first phase in the step-by-step process he'll teach to bring today's watercolour project to life. His fun and casual "how-to" teaching style puts techniques in the hands of his students allowing them to load their brushes with confidence and finesse.
"Today's project started with an under-wash and instruction about painting the trees and the main subject; the woodpecker," Greg points to an incomplete painting. "I'll teach more techniques and we'll add detail throughout the day. By three o'clock most of the students will have 80% of their painting completed, and they'll have the skills needed to finish their painting at home."
Kimberly Miller, President of Nanaimo's HarbourLiving.ca and one of Greg's current students, declares her art class a 'guilty pleasure'. "It takes me away from sitting in front of the computer day after day. It's exactly what a person needs."
Greg's students are from all over the Oceanside area and range in age from their 30's to 93. Yes, 93! The lovely 93-year old Vera is one of Greg's current students and a talented watercolourist.
You're invited to join Greg and his students at a special three-day show and sale at the Gallery on May 1-3, from noon-5pm each day. On Friday May 1st, an evening reception from 4-8 will follow the show to help kick-off the weekend event. ~
You'll find Raintree Studio and Gallery at 5101 Island Hwy W. in the north Qualicum area. For more information about the gallery and Greg Swainson's watercolour classes, visit www. raintreestudio.ca or call 250-594-3786.