WORKSHOP REPORTS

Amanda Hyatt's Watercolour Magic Workshop

BY JOHN TOFT

I have just spent four full-on but rewarding days at Amanda Hyatt’s Watercolour Magic workshop. Amanda’s passion and intensity were infectious and everybody who attended the workshop came away enthused and inspired by her teaching. Amanda describes her style as tonal impressionism. She emphasises the fundamentals of producing a successful painting through her Five Steps to Watercolour method.

If you weren’t fortunate enough to attend one of Amanda Hyatt’s workshop, you can watch Amanda Hyatt's videos.






Amanda Hyatt's Impressionist Watercolours workshop

BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

What a treat – a four day watercolour workshop with Amanda Hyatt!

Amanda was a Maths teacher before she became an artist. She shared with us her clear and logical five step approach to watercolour painting. Her style is impressionistic – not a photographic representation – but an impression of a scene. Amanda produces paintings remarkably quickly - 45-60 minutes each. The speed of execution helps to generate the spark of life in the pictures.

We were a diverse bunch – ranging from professional artists to experienced and enthusiastic amateurs. Amanda draws the best out of her students, from beginners to artists who have covered many brush miles. She is generous in explaining the key aspects of each picture and incisive in pinpointing improvements.

Our subjects varied from landscapes, to boats, to figures and buildings. When we had finished each one our efforts were displayed on the wall together and critiqued. This was invaluable – as we learned not only about our own pictures but also those of others.

Amanda encouraged us all to paint in a free style – to express ourselves as artists.

At the end of the workshop she asked each of us which one technique we had learned. For me it was to leave the sky blank in a picture – meaning much more white space.

This was my second workshop with Amanda, both have been immensely enjoyable.

If you get the chance to do a workshop with her, I would encourage you to do so.


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