THE AUCKLAND WATERCOLOUR SOCIETY





The Auckland Watercolour Society is an incorporated society with the purpose to promote water colour painting as an art form amongst Aucklanders.

Activities
The society arranges a variety of activities which include:

-monthly meetings
-painting tours
-visiting artists' presentations
-exhibitions of members' works
-workshops
-newsletters
-group discussions and critiques

The Auckland Watercolour Society meets monthly, on the second Monday of each month. A core element of the monthly meetings is the challenge: every month members are encouraged to bring a painting that presents their take on a common topic; the topics can range from the vague ("reflections") to the very specific ("a basket/cane weave"). We are introducing a new section into our monthly meeting agendas called "extensions". Here a member will give a short presentation on an aspect of watercolour painting. Subjects so far discussed are: scaling up, painting on coloured paper, negative shapes, values, composition, a composition in a square format, a painting using only Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna,a painting abstracted from a common object,Industrial/machinery,small boats at rest.

Constantly responding to a given topic is not an easy thing and the society lives from the sportsmanship with which even some of the professional members don't shy away from being put on the spot. Complementary to that is a culture of critiquing that has grown and is still evolving. It aims at being constructive yet detailed.

The monthly meetings are currently held at Glenfield Memorial Hall, a quiet place on the North Shore. The two-hour meetings typically have a main speaker, talking about their personal approach to watercolour or providing insights on a specific topic of interest to the members. A number of meetings also have a hands-on component
that can be drawing or the real thing, splashing with paint. Finally, en plein air painting events are sometimes organized.

The monthly meetings have usually a good turnout drawing from the 60 active members of the society. Membership is open to any person or body interested in watercolour painting. If you are interested in learning about the society, please come along to the monthly meetings.

Besides the annual Merit Award exhibition, the society organizes usually at least two other exhibitions per year. For the members, who are also active in many of the other regular big art events in Auckland and elsewhere, this is a welcome further opportunity to show their work in a setting that features watercolour in particular. It has been enabled by the recent acquisition of very professional display screens.

A third leg of the society is the organization of workshops with renowned artists; a number of artists from Watercolour New Zealand Inc. have given workshops in this series as well. These are typically Saturday one-day workshops.

The society now also runs a series of lower-key half-day workshops organised by small teams of experienced members, initiated by Roy Boston and Kathie Shaw, which may focus on specific techniques or target beginners.

All the activities of the society are chronicled in the monthly online newsletter, also available on the website
www.watercolour.org.nz.

Overall the feeling is that the society has provided an invaluable forum to gain new experiences and also a regular challenge that gives an opportunity to grow and improve in the art that we love.

GERALD WEBER
CHAIRMAN, AUCKLAND
WATERCOLOUR SOCIETY INC.

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