Watercolour Still-Life Painting with Jan Lawnikanis

Event Phone: (07) 3286 5360

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  • Watercolour Still-Life with Jan Lawnikanis
     September 30, 2023 - October 1, 2023
     9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Watercolour Still-Life Painting in the style of Shirley Trevena
After setting up our own still-life in the studio, we will analyse the methods of UK artist Shirley Trevena and emulate her painting approach. https://shirleytrevena.com/ This will give you a greater appreciation for her unique style and introduce some other ways of painting in watercolour. Bring a camera, iPad, tablet or mobile phone to photograph the set-up.


Paints – Bring a range of transparent & opaque professional quality watercolours in your preferred brand. Include a black.

Paper –You will require 300gsm Cold Pressed watercolour paper in Medium or Rough. My recommendation is to buy a watercolour block as the paper is already stretched. ¼ or ½ sheet size is fine. Quality brands are Arches, Saunders Waterford or Fabriano Artistico. Student quality paper just doesn’t work well, so please make sure the paper is 100% Cotton.

Brushes – Bring whatever watercolour brushes you already own, but include at least two ‘rounds’ with a sharp point (one small and one larger), plus a larger ‘mop’ brush for backgrounds. There are so many good brushes on the market I won’t specify any particular brand, but just make sure they are designated watercolour brushes and not acrylic brushes with long handles.

Palette – The large plastic palettes with lots of wells and a lid are my recommendation. Make sure it has a large enough mixing area.

Board –Larger than your paper and something to prop up under one end for working at an angle.

Other Necessities – Drawing equipment (pencils, eraser, ruler etc, plus pen and paper for taking notes), 1 sheet of graphite transfer paper (not carbon paper, some paper for sketching, an old towel or hand towel, tissues, 2 plastic containers for water, and masking tape. A medicine dropper or plastic pipette for squirting small amounts of water would also be handy. Don’t forget a photography device!

Jan will supply some still-life objects and background patterns for this workshop, but you are welcome to bring any favourite objects and/or fabrics for a still-life.

All Art Materials can be purchased from Shore Studio Art Supplies


Venue Phone: (07) 3286 5360

Venue Website:

3 Shore Street East, Cleveland, Queensland, 4163, Australia


Shore Studio is located at:
3 Shore Street East, Cleveland QLD