Weekend Workshop: Botanical Watercolours with Alison Watt

Saturday, October 5 – Sunday, October 6, 2019 |10 am – 4 pm


Weekend Workshop:
Day 1: Saturday, October 5th, 2019
Day 2: Sunday, October 6th, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Saturday & Sunday)

Instructor: Alison Watt

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).

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: Opus Art Supplies (Granville Island, Hastings St., 3rd St. North Vancouver) 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

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 Sojourn on Triangle Island. You can find her work on her website.

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

Cancellation Policies: A $15.00 processing fee per attendee is charged if cancellation notice is less than 7 days prior to your scheduled program. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person. Cancellations can be made by contacting garden.programs@ubc.ca. In the event that a program is cancelled by UBC Botanical Garden, we will offer the option of transferring to another program or obtaining a full refund.