Details for "March 16/17 Zoe Evamy's Watercolour Workshop"


March Workshop 

    "Towards Abstraction in watercolour"

with Zoe Evamy

 Abstraction is not a style - it’s the process of removing superfluous detail, through design and meaningful selection.

“An eye not told what to see, sees more”. 

Joe Evamy-Bugaboo summit

Bugaboo Summit



When/ Where 

 Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17

9:30-4:00(1hour lunch break)

 Dene Croft's Studios, 118 Pemberton Ave. (@West 1st)




BIO Originally from the UK, Zoë studied Fine Art and Illustration in London. Her Arts career took her to Europe, the US and Canada. With a natural flare for colour and movement, Zoë gravitated towards a career in Animation, painting background scenery for classically animated feature films including “Anastasia”. Now a Canadian National living in Squamish, BC, she balances her passion for painting with an ongoing interest in Visual Narrative and as an Instructor at Capilano University, Vancouver. Zoë is represented by Mountain Galleries, Whistler; is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists; teaches workshops/classes and shows her work in Whistler, Squamish and the lower mainland, Vancouver.

TEACHING HISTORY Since 2011, Zoë Evamy has taught workshops and evening classes in Squamish, Whistler and West Vancouver. She is a classically trained artist with over 30 years experience working in animated film and TV as Designer, Background Painter and Art Director. As a Faculty member in IDEA School of Design at Capilano University, she now teaches and mentors 3rd and 4th year Illustrators and teaches Drawing and Photoshop for Illustration at Langara College.

 ART STATEMENT “The expressive nature of watercolour continues to fascinate me and allows me to explore new ideas and themes. It is a way of thinking and problem solving for me. I particularly enjoy a fluid, slightly unpredictable way of using paint and work in a variety of water media. Against a backdrop of ancient Coast Mountains and Temperate Rainforest, I find endless opportunities to study and document the changing landscape around Squamish and the Sea to Sky area. I explore familiar places that have either changed by development, been abandoned or remain untouched by progress; places that are controversial, protected, endangered or that are simply breathtakingly beautiful”. 


Zoe's-Sprit Island


Sprit Island





In this workshop you will learn how to develop a personal visual language and framework from which to dive confidently in and fully engage with the expressiveness of the watercolour medium. Through a series of instructor demonstrations and personal practise, you will experience the various stages of loose watercolour painting, the benefits of surprise elements and restraint in adding just enough definition to capture the viewer’s imagination. 

This workshop is directed to intermediate to advanced painters.  


Whistler Mountain-Zoe Evamy

Whistler Mountain


 Supply List 

* These are the essentials, feel free to bring your own additional supplies of brushes, paints and your favorite mark making implements.- Cheap-o black bristle with wooden handle 

* Black pencil for sketching+ sharpener -Prismacolour

* 2" Cheap-o Bristle brush - Home Depot brush

* 2"soft flat water brush - Silver Black Velvet

* 1" Richeson Professional - Stephen Quiller

* Watercolour brush 1" tapered oval (or equivelant) - Silver Black Velvet

* Watercolour brush size 10 - Escoda versatil

* Watercolour Script brush size 6 - Princeton

* Chinese brush x2(to use with the ink) : Large and medium wash 

* Chinese black ink - Water soluble 

* Black Sharpie -  Regular/ Fine tips

* Sketch book - Canson mixed media - 11”x 14” 

* Watercolour paper : We will be working on a painting 16" x 20" and we'll use the remains of a full sheet for thumbnail sketches. Please arrive with your 16" x 20" sheet stretched and ready to paint on.( I stretch my paper using brown gummed paper tape available at OPUS. I use a lot of water and prefer a flat, tight surface to work on.) - Arches 140 lb 22" x 30" 




Paper Proportions: To divide your full sheet 140lb CP Arches watercolour paper, cut,  and wet stretch the larger area - 22”x18” to accommodate your 16”x20” painting area. 

The remainder can be cut or torn into 6x smaller pieces measuring 6”x7”. These will be used for our black and white abstract exercises in ink.




* White designer's gouache - Winsor + Newton

* Watercolour (artist grade W+N, Holbein or Daniel Smith)

   - Lemon yellow

   - Quinachridone Gold D.Smith

   - Cadmium Red light

   - Alizarin Crimson

   - Opera Rose

   - Pthalo turquoise

   - Ultramarine blue

   - Cobalt blue

   - Bamboo Green (Holbein)

*  Masking tape

Yoghurt pot for water, paper towels, palette - Large

* Plenty of kitchen paper towel

Zoe's-abstract sample

 Abstract sample


  Administrative Notes:

Registration:To sign up for this workshop directly, please scroll down to the bottom of this page. Enrollment and waitlist status is also presented there. You can pay directly on-line by credit card. You will need to make payment within 24 hours of your enrollment or it will be automatically cancelled so if you need assistance in paying, please contact Stephen Cowell,  [Payment by cheque is discouraged as this is unreliable when time is of the essence.] 

This course may fill up quickly.  Do not hesitate to join the WAIT LIST. If it is full, do not be discouraged. Check back later- you may still be able to get in.

For every workshop we have run this year, we have had cancellations because of illness or change of plans.  Often even a wait list of eight names or more is moved up because "life changes things."  However, if you are on the wait list and change your own plans, please do not hold your space in the queue. Please take your name off the wait list and let someone else have a chance.   Be kind to your colleagues and remove your name if you have a change of plans. 



 If you are unable to attend a workshop, refunds are not issued, but you may find another person to take your place. 

Only if the workshop is full and there is a willing replacement on the Waitlist,  can you cancel through Stephen Cowell(, in which case a refund will be issued.   

No Refunds will be issued within 48 hours of the workshop start time.


 NSAG reserves the right to cancel the course within 30 days.

 Our workshops are held regularly at Dene Croft Studios (image below)





Course Cost & Status

  • CAN$180.00
  • CAN$225.00 with Non NSAG Member Workshop Fee
  • CAN$180.00 with NSAG MEMBERS ONLY
Spots Available:
FULL (14 of 14 spots taken)
Waitlist Spots:
14 of 14 spots available
Registration Open Since:
2019-01-17 17:00:00
Registration Closed Since:
2019-03-15 23:59:00
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