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ZEN OF WATERCOLOURS: Art is not meant to be a struggle with Lillian Loponen.

Lillian Loponen • Painting - Watercolour

Art is not meant to be a struggle. The instructor carries with her over thirty-five years of working with watercolours. One is taken on an adventure in exploring the media of water colour techniques, wet-on-wet, resist and imaging. The student is gently taken away from traditional preconceived ideas of what art is and taken into imaging/design in an intuitive way. No art skills are necessary and no drawing required, something for everyone including advanced artists. This is a fun exploratory session and one comes away with their own art card or small piece to frame. We close with a show and tell component.

Grade Suitability4 - 12
Maximum Class Size18 (preferred number of students is 12)
Time Required2 sessions, 2 hours per session plus 2 hours prep
Material RequiredSchool to provide: 3 water containers per student, rags, access to water, paper towel, small cut up sponges, ruler, x-acto knife, hair dryer, paper cutter, medium size soft watercolour brushes (not stiff bristle brushes) and plastic egg cartons cut into sections of 6 mixing egg cups.Artist to provide: watercolour paints, watercolour paper and miscellaneous materials.
Material Cost$50 - $60 depending on class size. Remaining supplies are left with the teacher.
Language of InstructionEnglish
CommunitiesCarcross, Haines Junction, Teslin - no long distance travelling in winter.
AvailabilitySeptember - June
Special NotesThe sessions can be extended to include more specifics of painting beyond the basics.

Lillian Loponen

Lillian Loponen made a strong and notable contribution to Yukon art communities since 1980, through numerous exhibitions, art instruction, museum exhibits and as an advocate for the creative process. The Loponen heartbeat can be felt in her paintings, located in noted permanent art collections such as the Royal Collection of Drawing and Watercolours, Winsor Castle, UK. A Canadian history of watercolours 1925-2000, exhibited in Toronto 2001, included a Loponen watercolour. Since 1976, numerous private, international collections hold works that carry a vibration of life, quiet power, haunting mists and spirit energies of Canada’s northland. In 2016, Loponen was flown to Vancouver and introduced to the Royal couple, the Prime Minister and Sophie, to talk about her watercolour gifted to the Immigrant Service Society of BC for the opening of their new building in June 2016. The title of the watercolour is “Where Dreams Begin.” I have been instructing workshops in the Yukon communities and its school since 1985....students and adults.

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