Youth Aqueous Mediums, Ages 7 to 12 years (Introductory to Advanced Level) Copy – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Youth Aqueous Mediums, Ages 7 to 12 years (Introductory to Advanced Level) Copy

Youth Aqueous Mediums, Ages 7 to 12 years (Introductory to Advanced Level)
Date: September 18 – November 13, 2023 (Mondays, 8 weeks)
Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Instructor: Emma Whaley
Fee: $66 plus HST (Members) | Fee: $75.90 plus HST (Non-Members)

This class focuses on unique aqueous mediums. Aqueous mediums include water-based drawing and painting mediums. Students will learn various techniques for working with watercolor and inks. (No class on October 9)

Unit 1: Getting to Know You and Application

What interests you? What do you do for fun? What do you like (Nature, animals, sports, fantasy, architecture)? Appropriate communication in and outside of the studio. Workshop expectations and creating a healthy creative environment. Introduction to the sketchbook. Paper preparation and different paper weights, surfaces, and applications. From the sketchbook to the final draft.

Unit 2: Elements and Principles
Working with and applying the Elements of Art; Color, Form, Line, Shape, Space, Texture, and Value within the realm of aqueous mediums. Working with and applying the Principles of Design; Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity. Applying the Elements and Principles to your own work. Identifying the elements and principles in aqueous mediums. When and how to use each element and principle in our artwork.

Unit 3: Figure and Value
Still-life drawings. Capturing the shape of an object with a brush. How to make conscientious decisions and changes based on research, elements, and principles. The value scale and proportions. Working with shadows and highlights. Adding and subtracting water to various mediums.

Unit 4: Texture Working with texture and aqueous mediums.
Creating hair, fur, feathers, and scales. Wood, water, grass, and glass. How to make something look shiny, or rough.

Unit 5: Perspective and Line
Working with different types of brushes and pens to make lines. The vanishing point. Paper illusions and line. Organic and geometric shapes. 1-point and 2-point perspective. Giving your art a sense of depth.

Unit 6: Monochrome and Monochrome
Greyscale, and monochrome. How does the color change how we feel about a work of art? What is your art saying to you and the viewer?

Materials List:
Watercolor paper pad
Erasers (white and or gum)
Two plastic paint trays (Emma will provide watercolors to add to one of these trays) Brushes, including: no. 10 round brush, no. 10 flat brush

Emma Whaley is a Graphic Designer from the small town of Brighton Ontario. Today, they are an Illustrator based in Cape Breton. Whaley enjoys exploring new mediums and techniques. A skilled drawer, painter, and fiber artist, Whaley appreciates many forms of art and design. They are also knowledgeable of relief, screen, and intaglio printmaking. Recently Whaley has taken up beadwork and is pursuing a career as a secondary school educator at Cape Breton University. With a background in Atlantic and Art History, Whaley is devoted to the application and appreciation of historical and cultural impacts on contemporary arts and makers.

Advance registration for members begins August 21

General registration for non-members begins September 11

For more information on this program or to register, email