Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Nine!


One day last spring, I chose not to set up a still life and gave everyone a seashell to paint. It was a very creative exercise and the students tried all sorts of ideas. The results were quite dramatic and varied; everything from traditional treatments to some exciting abstractions. Even better, everyone had fun.

Yesterday’s subject was milkweed. Natural, organic forms. The milkweed pods started out in the middle of the room as seen in the photo but, after my demonstration/discussion, each student picked one to take to their personal work table.

My demonstration sheet shows two fairly literal studies and two playful explorations. I had a short checklist from the shell class and we considered different ways of exploring the milkweed.

Watercolour demonstration by Barry Coombs

I don’t believe imagination can be taught but it can be stimulated. The students were intrigued by the milkweed as a subject and approached the project very thoughtfully. They came up with some wonderful watercolours.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique


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3 Responses to “Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Nine!”

  1. Evelyn Cunningham Says:

    I loved the paintings that resulted from the milkweed, very colourful and creative!

  2. Carol King Says:

    Love what your students did with the milkweed. As soon as I opened the post I thought “ew, he’s making them paint crickets”. LOL!

  3. Lois Says:

    Love the Milkweed’s, and love what the Students did. Great job!!
    Thanks for sharing your worksheet,

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