In this three hour beginners workshop, we will start from scratch everything you need to know about getting started with watercolors and some easy warm ups. We will then explore how to paint loose watercolor desserts of different kinds! My approach to teaching watercolors is to keep the practice playful, creative, and stress free. It is my greatest hope that you can leave this workshop not only inspired to paint more flowers but also feel comfortable in the future to turn to watercolors as a place to play and relax. Let's explore the magic behind a stress-free watercolour practice together!
I am fascinated with understanding the therapeutic relationship between art creation and the mind. After attaining my B.Sc. in Neuroscience and Psychology from McMaster University, I continued forward to my Masters under the Department of Medicine in Psychiatry. Here I was hit with a wave of challenges that left me in much pain. Serendipitously I turned to the watercolor palette on my desk with the intention to alleviate some of that pain. Little did I know this would be the marriage of psychology and art in my life. Stemming from philosophies of mindfulness and art therapy, my watercolor painting and videography practice became a powerful yet un-invasive modality for healing. My own experiences with this have led me to a reinvigoration of art and purpose in my life. It is my greatest hope that my art practice can lead to the inspiration, transformation, and healing of others.
My philosophy for painting is process focused rather than the results. I see the paint brush as a tool for self expression and the paints as living breathing entities that give the process of art creation life. I think of form, colours, and gestures, as a pathway to communicate from our subconscious what can not be expressed through words. It is in this space that I believe we can begin important, often hard, dialogues with ourselves and others. It is through this space that I believe we can bring about healing.
You can find more about Coco Bee at www.cocobeeart.com or IG/FB/Youtube @cocobeeart
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