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Artists brave the downpour to perfect their watercolours

February 10th, 2019

A very wet Friday was spent braving the elements, working ‘en plein aire’ around the streets of Bristol with the fantastic watercolourist Peter Cronin (described by one of the students as “the nicest, and best, artist I have met”.)

With torrential rain all day Pupils took shelter to see some of Da Vinci’s original drawings before developing their initial pencil studies by adding 2 washes of colour. Peter made this technique look remarkably easy, transforming, and bringing images to life with a minimal amount of ‘ tinkering’.

Boys benefitted from some top tips regarding ‘artistic license’ and Peter stressed the importance of regularly drawing from life with a focus on shape, edges and tone. Finally there was pizza and some amazing street-art before heading back to school armed with images and ideas to explore further.

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