Make Your Own Artist Book Including Pen and Wash Landscape

Artists use books and diaries in various ways and in different formats to gain knowledge of their environment and as a form of process. These books many times are a work of art in themselves. Your tutor Sonja Karl will have on hand various books as examples and for inspiration. Sonja will guide you through systematically to produce your own book and then to enhance the pages with imagery you have collected of your own travel adventures. From pencil drawing to application of ink and wash in a free and uncomplicated style using colour perspective, colour mixing and the joy of layering transparent watercolour washes.

Course Outline:

Overall students will;

  • Cut, fold and glue papers
  • Follow step by step Paper cutting folding and gluing
  • Transfer imagery onto selected ground.
  • Have instruction from your tutor throughout
  • Instruction on use of felt tip pen and wash mediums

Learning Outcomes:

Students will gain;

  • an understanding of the importance of an artist book
  • an awareness of colour perspective
  • a knowledge of composition and depth
  • confidence in the use of pen and watercolour washes
  • Flexibility in the application of brushwork

What to bring:

  • Very good images of landscape and scenery travels (Printed on A4 paper) Panoramas are good if available.
  • One sheet of A2 or approximate Printmaking Paper 180gsm – 200gsm Arches France 88 or Hahnemuhler or BFK Rives
  • A4 size stiff cardboard. Can be from backing of notebooks etc.
  • Good quality wrapping paper, scrap wallpaper or similar for Book Cover.
  • Good glue and old brush for applying glue
  • A Ruler (the longer the better)
  • Scissors AND box cutter or Stanley knife
  • A water proof felt tip pen or set
  • A selection of sizes of synthetic or sable watercolour brushes
  • Selection of watercolour paints either in half pans or tubes (Colours for landscapes) keep it simple.
  • An apron or old shirt

About the Tutor:

'Holding a BA in Fine Arts and with a career spanning over 20 years Sonja has been a finalist in numerous art awards and has won awards in painting and drawing. She has exhibited in solo and group shows, Artist in Residency programs, community cultural development projects, received public commissions and is a well-regarded arts educator with her work represented in private collections in Australia.
A devoted arts educator, Sonja works to provide a nurturing environment in her classes in which every student feels safe, creating confidence and therefore extending themselves expressively.
Her way of teaching is to facilitate her students' own style and creativity through structured lessons incorporating visual references and demonstrations in different mediums and techniques.
Sonja will improve your skills to a level you never thought possible!' Sonja

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed.

Online Delivery Information

Remote learning for this course is at scheduled class times and sessions. It could include:

  • Livestream video classes online;
  • Interaction with your tutor and other students during livestream video sessions.

Please note: You will need access to the internet and a smartphone, tablet, computer or laptop in order to participate in the livestream video classes.

Face-to-face classes may resume at one of our campuses before the end of the course, depending on discussions between the tutor and students as well as the Government’s recommendations at the time, including appropriate social distancing measures, hand washing and other hygiene protocols.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.