Growing from a small group of artists in 1975, Watercolour New Zealand is this country's only society dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of watercolour painting.
We have a diverse range of watercolour talents, and members, both professional and amateur, number about 450, take part in yearly events including workshops, critiques, painting days and major exhibitions. Whether artist, student, art lover or collector you will find much of interest here.
The society is based in Wellington but new members from throughout New Zealand are welcome.
After Kimbra Taylor’s popular and successful Watercolour Portraits workshop, the focus became Splash + Ceramicus 2019, our joint exhibition with the Wellington Potters’ Association where over 300 watercolours and 130 ceramic pieces were on show.
This year we had less time to set the exhibition up but a solid effort from the team, aided by two hangers provided by the Academy, resulted in our having the show hung in two days, ready for the opening – a most enjoyable evening of art, music, food and wine.
Guest artist Min Kim’s vibrant, colourful paintings provided a stunning centrepiece. Min’s demonstration on the first Saturday of the show attracted a large, appreciative audience.
AWARDSSupreme Award Winner: "The Salt Marsh Meadow and Mont Saint Michel" by Roger Daniell
People Choice Awards sponsored by The French Art Shop
The Gordon Harris Award For Innovation in Watercolour:
Red Sail by Gordon Knight
Patron’s Awards For Small Works
Gordon Harris Award For Best Painting by a Junior Artist (Under 18 years): Dutch Sunset by Emily Bergman
WEEKEND WORKSHOP: POWER OF TONETutor: Min Kim – Guest artist for Splash 2019
Dates: 28-29 March 2020
Times: 9.30am–5 pm
Venue: Karori Arts Centre, 7 Beauchamp Street, Karori, Wellington
Class level: Any level
Student fee: $180
Min: I will teach the ideal brush work to give a painting clear tone. I think tone is the main bone in the painting. It creates space, form and mood.
With this important basic concept you will learn how to complete the painting step-by-step from a tea tone to a deep dark tone. I always feel delicate freedom and connection with nature when I work with watercolour. It is the perfect medium to capture my fresh impression in life.
KARORI ARTS AND CRAFTSCLASSES FOR TERM 1 2020
Daytime Watercolour Painting With Robyn Eastgate-Manning (suitable for those with some experience). Tuesdays 4 Feb to 24 March 9.30am–12.30. Cost: $185 inc annual membership
Or Evening Watercolour Painting With Robyn. Suitable for beginners. Wednesdays 5 Feb to Apr 7-9pm. Cost: $200 inc annual membership
Daytime Drawing (Suitable for all levels) with Makara Artist Helen Casey. Monday 3 Feb to 23 March 1–3pm. Cost: $185 inc annual membership
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