March | Two day | Watercolour & Acrylic - Same Subject | David McEwen

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March | Two day | Watercolour & Acrylic - Same Subject | David McEwen

180.00

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd, March 2019

10am - 5 pm

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About this workshop

This two day workshop is suitable for improving artists and will involve on day one with traditional watercolour going from light to dark using masking fluid and gouache while Day 2 will be working with acrylic going from dark to light, in the same scene. David will supply the images that you will work with, the materials that you will require are outlined below.

Working from light to dark with watercolour of a particular scene at Shop River (A beautiful local location) emphasising the mixing of Transparent Watercolours on the paper rather than in a palette. The scene is a roadway with a great tree devoid of leaves … well it has lots of Ivy so the darks are rather intense, as will be the painting.

We must accept that the majority of painters have problems with Tone and MUD making to paintings which DO NOT STAND OUT …. I will change all of that and rid students of the terror that walks with watercolour! The finished paintings will not use all of the paper as the white will make the piece gleam and leap towards the viewer.

The same scene will be executed in Acrylic, moving from Dark to light and using Tone and Texture to make the painting. I will use multiple techniques and additives and fully cover the canvas with a variety of brushes. So Saturday for Watercolours, Sunday for Acrylics.

About David

David McEwen qualified as a Teacher of Fine Art in 1977. He studied at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne for some time, actually starting when he was 13 and Professor Victor Pasmore included him in a Special Class for horrible precocious brats. Pasmore made him draw for a year and mix paint for another …. 

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For a thirteen year old it was boring but looking back on it now it was the best apprenticeship he could have had, especially as when he returned to Art School in the seventies lecturers didn’t actually teach much and left students to muddle through. McEwen took his B.Ed., and became Head of Art in a Midlands School where he also established Classes for Adults. A wish to paint more brought him to The West of Ireland where he read for a Masters in Educational Psychology at University College Galway. Exhibitions in Kenny’s and many other Galleries in The West Followed along with a number of major commissions.

In 1997, McEwen moved to The South of France where he established L’Atellier du Soulondre and L’Association de Beaux Arts de Herault of which he became Artistic Director and Professor of Painting. During the next twenty years he taught thousands of painters at all levels but also completed over 1500 commissions and several lecture trips to The U.S. and The Falkland Islands, exhibiting in Paris, London, Madrid, San Diego, Charleston and various Galleries in Florida.

McEwen’ s work is in collections throughout the world and he has been commissioned to paint Equestrian and Human portraits by many Olympic Riders, Owners and members of European and Middle Eastern Royal Families. He has been a member of prestigious Art Societies in Europe and The U.S., has won Gold Medals in Major International competitions, David was twice Runner Up Painter of the Year with The Society of All Artists. In 2017 he returned Home to paint ……… But ….. he wanted to teach again. He is a Painter who loves to Teach and a Teacher who loves to paint, so where better to live than Wicklow ?

Materials required

A pad of Not watercolour paper ( gummed at the edge, David always suggest Arches, A4 size)
2B and 4B pencils.
Soft eraser.
Artist Quality Paints:
Raw Sienna,
Burnt Sienna,
Vandyke Brown,
Sap Green,
Green Gold,
Indigo,
Fr. Ult,
Cobalt,
Aureolin Yellow,
Perm Red.

Medium and fine sable brushes.
Scrap paper,
Kitchen Roll.

For Acrylic Section:

At least 3 A4 canvas boards,
Same palette of colours as watercolours,
A fine round brush, a medium filbert brush.






















About David

David McEwen qualified as a Teacher of Fine Art in 1977. He studied at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne for some time, actually starting when he was 13 and Professor Victor Pasmore included him in a Special Class for horrible precocious brats. Pasmore made him draw for a year and mix paint for another …. For a thirteen year old it was boring but looking back on it now it was the best apprenticeship he could have had, especially as when he returned to Art School in the seventies lecturers didn’t actually teach much and left students to muddle through. McEwen took his B.Ed., and became Head of Art in a Midlands School where he also established Classes for Adults.
A wish to paint more brought him to The West of Ireland where he read for a Masters in Educational Psychology at University College Galway. Exhibitions in Kenny’s and many other Galleries in The West Followed along with a number of major commissions.
In 1997, McEwen moved to The South of France where he established L’Atellier du Soulondre and L’Association de Beaux Arts de Herault of which he became Artistic Director and Professor of Painting. During the next twenty years he taught thousands of painters at all levels but also completed over 1500 commissions and several lecture trips to The U.S. and The Falkland Islands, exhibiting in Paris, London, Madrid, San Diego, Charleston and various Galleries in Florida.

McEwen’ s work is in collections throughout the world and he has been commissioned to paint Equestrian and Human portraits by many Olympic Riders, Owners and members of European and Middle Eastern Royal Families. He has been a member of prestigious Art Societies in Europe and The U.S., has won Gold Medals in Major InternationCompeteitions and was twice Runner Up Painter of the Year with The Society of All Artists. In 2017 he returned Home to paint ……… But ….. he wanted to teach again. He is a Painter who loves to Teach and a Teacher who loves to paint, so where better to live than Wicklow ?