Helen Shafer Garcia : WaterColor -Strata Botanica- Saturday June 17, 2017 (FULL)

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Helen Schafer Garcia  is a well known international watercolor artist, instructor and professional illustrator who will be in Calgary on June 17 and 18 teaching two fun workshops at my home studio in watercolor techniques and book arts. You can see more of her lovely work at

www.helenshafergarcia.com  and   www.agavelatte.blogspot.com

For questions regarding supplies : henstudio@cox.net

STRATA BOTANICA : Saturday, June 17, 2017 – 9.00 am to 4.30 pm  ( FULL)

Imagine a world of layered abstracted botanical shapes on paper. This workshop is a perfect way to spend the day discovering ways to create with monotypes, resist tools, water-soluble pencils, and transparent and opaque watercolors on paper.  Based on biomorphic shape making, this process will allow you to discover ways to define the space around abstracted botanical shapes with deep values and colors.  Pattern and texture will be the main ingredients for our compositions. We’ll start with the process with monotype printmaking to build up a foundation of textures and images.  Watercolors will be glazed on top, adding luminosity and brilliant color. Part of the beauty of this technique is revealing some of the underlining imagery in selected spots.

Helen will bring botanical references, printmaking tools, extra brushes and other tools to use while we work. acrylics, water-soluble pencils, texture materials, matt medium, gesso, and gouache.

Student Supply list- Please Bring :

Your Lunch and Indoor Shoes

1 sheet arches hot pressed 140 lb watercolor paper cut in 2 – each piece will be 22” x 15”

1 or more round watercolor brushes: #14 or #12

½ inch or larger flat acrylic brush

 Watercolors: pan or personal palette (a Prang set will work or tube watercolors set in a palette) I prefer Daniel Smith and Holbein professional watercolors.

#2b pencil

Cost is $ 150.00 CAD

Where: NW Calgary Studio ( I will email you the address once you have registered)

All Skill levels welcome.

Registration is now open.  To reserve your seat you will be required to mail Elitia a postdated cheque for May 15, 2017 to reserve your seat.   Unfortunately, no refunds on cancellation after June 1, 2017 – a credit will be applied to future workshops at my home studio.

To reserve your seat and check on availability please send Elitia an email at harts@shaw.ca