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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Watercolour workshop with Cherry Hood

Virtual event: workshop

Saturday 21 November 2020
Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002 Cherry Hood
Simon Tedeschi unplugged, 2002 Cherry Hood. © Cherry Hood/Copyright Agency, 2020

For those who are a bit more advanced, join us over Zoom for a watercolour workshop with artist Cherry Hood. Working from a photograph of your choice, Cherry will share her tips to help you hone your watercolour skills. During the session there’ll be a chance to ask questions as well as some quiet time to concentrate on your masterpiece. Book in and we’ll send you some information beforehand, so you’ll be able to get the most out of your time.

Here’s what you'll need:

  • Image - a draft of a large face on watercolour paper ready prepared before the workshop. The face needs to be about 30 to 40cm from chin to top of scull (not hair). You can draw, trace or use a projector to draw with pencil onto your paper, and a large photo of the same image
  • Brushes - a selection of brushes including a large 5cm wide brush 
  • Paint - watercolour paints in 6 colours
  • Paper -  at least 3 56cm x 76cm Arches Watercolour paper with AQUARELLE embossed on it
  • Palette & Containers - a palette with plenty of pots for paint, plus places for mixtures and watery mixtures. You will need half a dozen small, shallow containers for mixing
  • Paper towels, spray bottle and bits and pieces

Cherry Hood is an Australian artist well known for her haunting, large-scale images of faces. Working with watercolour, which she allows to flow, bleed and drip.

Join the Zoom webinar session by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83955577495

Or put the following details into your Zoom app/account - Webinar ID: 839 5557 7495

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.