Monday Watercolour Drop-in

Artists of all experience levels are invited to play with watercolours with an expert available for consultation. Beginning 8 April 2024 (to coincide with the start of our Wonder of Water show), join us on Mondays from 1-3 pm.  For the first 20-30 minutes, Jean Maddison will give an optional mini-lesson. Jean is a Professor Emeritus of Guelph University who moved to Metchosin in 2020. She has a wealth of experience in printmaking and watercolour work, has an extensive CV, a large body of work, and a love of teaching. 

Sessions will be held in the upstairs DIY Studio at the Metchosin Arts and Cultural Centre (4495 Happy Valley Road, Victoria, B.C. V9C 3Z3). The room holds 20 artists, first come, first served, and does have a sink. Unfortunately, this room is not wheelchair accessible. The cost is $10 per session, payable in cash each day(s) you attend. No materials are included. If you are not already equipped, a basic starter kit for your first session might consist of the following supplies (these can be found at Island Blue/ Opus/ Michaels/ etc.). 

  • a watercolour weight (300lb) 8×10 or 11×14 sketchbook or watercolour pad (smooth or rough is personal preference– they have very different end results…try both!) 
  • A basic set of watercolour paints (any quality is okay to start, but higher-end brands may have pigments that do not dull as quickly)
  • A basic set of 2-3 brushes 
  • Small jar or container for washing brushes
  • A small rag or heavy-duty paper towel
  • Pencil (2H)
  • Waterproof ink pen(s)
  • Palate or flat white plate
  • Bring an image that you can copy onto your paper (Jean will show you some techniques for this in the first classes). The subject matter can be any: flora, fauna, landscape, portrait, abstract—it’s up to you!

For additional information, please get in touch with the coordinator, Memet Burnett, at