Botanical Watercolours with Alison Watt 2017

Saturday May 13 and Sunday May 14 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Alison Watt
Location: UBC Botanical Garden, Garden Pavilion, entrance at 6804 SW Marine Drive
Cost: $130/Garden members & concession*, $150/public
Prices include GST; does not include eventbrite fees. Concession = Youth (13-17), UNA Residents, UBC Students, UBC Faculty, UBC Staff, Seniors (65+).

Join botanical painter Alison Watt for a 2-day introduction to botanical painting in watercolours using plants from the Garden. This class will cover watercolour materials (brushes, paints and paper) and basic watercolour techniques (mixing, glazing, wet-in-wet, masking). Special attention will be given to the concerns of plant painting (greens, whites, darks, stems, leaves, etc).

Important Notes: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class so that you can walk through the Garden to arrive at the classroom. Students must register their license plates and pay for parking as the class will be over the 3-hour free parking policy.

Instructor: Alison Watt is a popular instructor returning to the Garden. She is a naturalist and visual artist who has been a botanical painter for over twenty years. Her work has appeared in many invitational and juried shows and is in collections in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain. She has taught several botanical painting classes for UBC Botanical Garden and in many venues on Vancouver Island, including her own studio on Protection Island, Nanaimo. Her classes aim to provide careful instruction in a relaxed atmosphere. Alison is also a writer, who illustrated her award winning book, The Last Island, a Naturalist’s Sojurn on Triangle Island. You can find her work on her website

Contact with any questions.

Supplies: Watercolour paper is provided. Students may bring their own artist’s quality paints or have paint provided for a $15 lab fee (at the time of the course). Sources of materials include: Opus Art Supplies (Granville Island, Hastings St., 3rd St. North Vancouver), Loomis Art Supplies (Main Street or 4th Ave) or DeSerres (West Broadway).

  • Sketch paper
  • Pencils (HB, 2B)
  • A roll of paper towel or tissue
  • A palette (covered is preferable)
  • Brushes: good synthetic brushes (i.e. Opus Allegro) sizes 1, 3, 6, 10

It is suggested that you bring Artist’s Quality Watercolour Paint (Windsor Newton, DaVinci, M. Graham, Daniel Smith), unless you want to have paint supplied.

  • Aureolin Yellow
  • Quinacridone Rose
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Cadmium Red
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Burnt Sienna
  • French Ultramarine


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