Watercolour: Studies of Small Things

Watercolour: Studies of Small Things with Nicolette Benjamin Black
Shells by Nicolette Benjamin Black.

Watercolour: Studies of Small Things

With Nicolette Benjamin Black

10am-12:30pm Wednesdays

19 May – 23 June 2021

$290 per person

Includes all materials. Bring a bottle of drinking water and snacks, if desired.

Students will explore the wonders of watercolour, and some associated artists, to produce a small painting at the end of each class. Every week we will examine the structure and use of expressive lines to portray small objects. We will examine the devices used by various artists who are passionate about the small things in life.

There is no need to be uncomfortable about your ability to use watercolour, as you play and experiment with the techniques, and look at an Australian artist to study their use of colour and what devices they used to create.


Workshop Content

Week 1
We will discuss the exhibition on display and enjoy the different mediums. Working from the exhibition, we will choose a small object to make a painting from. We will make a rough sketch (or photo on our phone) in the gallery and take the sketch back to the studio and make a small watercolour painting. Watercolour techniques will be displayed for you to experiment with.

Week 2
Bring something small from home to use as a model to work from.

Week 3
Nicolette will bring shells for you to paint, working in the manner of John Wolseley.

Week 4
Small flowers in the manner of Dutch vanitas paintings.

Week 5
Bring another small object from home to enjoy as your model.

Week 6
A still life will be provided, comprised of small objects, shells, flowers, etc. Feel free to bring something you love to add the collection!


Nicolette Benjamin Black

About Nicolette Benjamin Black

Nicolette Benjamin Black is a mixed media visual artist and educator whose art practice bridges sculpture, textiles, painting and drawing, using recycled objects, exploring memory and place, and women’s place in the home.

Black trained at the Australian National University and has a BA in Visual Arts.  Nicolette also has a Grad. Dip. in Family History from University of Tasmania.

Black has taught in many institutions including Belconnen Arts Centre, Goulburn Regional Gallery, and as a guest tutor in the papermaking department at the Australian National University. 

Black was a finalist in Through the Looking Glass (Melbourne), Off the Wall (Sydney),  Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting (Dubbo), Cowra Festival Art Awards, Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale, Country Energy Art Prize and Craft-in-Site (Craft ACT).

Black has exhibited nationally, as well as in New York and Italy.


More info

Please contact Belco Arts via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.