Thanks for adding:

Proceed to Checkout

Continue browsing


Embracing the Unknown in Acrylics | Donald J Waters OAM

Embracing  the Unknown in Acrylics | Donald J Waters OAM

Due to popular demand, Donald James Waters OAM is back again for a weekend workshop!

The primary aims of this workshop are to learn to work with spontaneity, gain further artistic independence, the application of creative writing and to use your reference material as reference only.
The workshop will begin working with charcoal, developing line and tonal values. We will then focus on the progression of our initial technique through the contamination of the charcoal using acrylic paint to complete a tonal painting. DJW will teach you how to effectively seal the charcoal artwork to allow layers of coloured glaze to be applied over the abstracted black and white in order to explore implied mood through the application of a range of colours. We will then continue with this artwork as a foundation to insert additional layers of content using any reference but painting predominately from your imagination.

Our second major work will be working in abstract expressionism using and understanding the power of colour and stroke.
The combination of these various techniques will be applied together to create your major piece on canvas. At all times throughout the workshop we will be discussing composition and balance whilst also working with spontaneity to give your paintings an exciting freedom, movement and emotion.
Donald aims at all times is to work with the individual and develop their idealism.

What will I learn?

Day One: Working with Charcoal on canvas developing line and tonal values. We will be moving on with contamination of the Charcoal with white acrylic paint, completing a tonal painting. I will then teach you how to seal the charcoal allowing us to then move with layers of glaze over abstract black and white.

Day Two: We will work with the emotion of colour and incorporate content and / or imagination on both – time pending we will then create a new work over an old piece incorporating the old colour and content.

Who is this workshop suitable for?

Donald is very patient, accommodating and encouraging to all skill levels from absolute beginner to advanced.
Be thoroughly entertained, gain a wealth of knowledge, new skills and techniques for your own unique paintings.

What do I need to bring?

Please click below on link for materials list:


What will be provided?

Tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own cup)
a friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
connection to the Brisbane Painting Classes art community

About tutor

Donald James Waters OAM is an established Australian artist with an illustrious career spanning over three decades. While best described as a contemporary artist, Donald’s artwork transcends many genres to create a truly unique yet ever-evolving and eclectic style.
Donald has relaxed the confines of his initial beginnings in botanical art now using stylised strokes, overemphasised characters and bold blocks of colour to shift his primary focus to that of a storyteller rather than a technically correct traditional artist.
Donald’s career has taken his art to every corner of the globe, and his distinctive style has made its way into the catalogues of many private and corporate collectors alike, including that of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s art collection.
More recently Donald has concentrated his efforts closer to home completing several commissioned government art projects and participating in community programs within Queensland. In 2016, Donald was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the community and the Arts and also recognised as Gold Coast Citizen of the Year.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.