Presenter: Alfonso Tejada
Join festival favourite and always entertaining plein air maestro Alfonso Tejada for a lively hands-on demo exploring a three-part process of painting watercolour outdoors: the sketch, the values and colour massing. These three parts will be done in a continuous sequence, resulting in three impressions of the same subject: a line drawing (sketch); a conté crayon sketch (created working only with light values) and the third will be an impression of the subject in watercolour. Each step will result in a full-size image and the three steps will help you visualize and create a mental blueprint that can then be used in your final work.
Alfonso Tejada’s extensive background in architecture and urban design connected with his interest in the arts and was fostered in Mexico in the fine art studios of Professor Jesus Gallardo, where he studied drawing, watercolour painting and metal etching. His formative professional years were spent in Guanajuato and San Miguel Allende where he lived, studied and practiced architecture for 14 years.
After moving to Vancouver in 1976, Alfonso taught in the design studios at the School of Architecture at UBC for 5 years. His work in architecture and urban design has allowed him to travel extensively worldwide. These travels have influenced his artistic visions, particularly Italy where he has painted and taught courses in plein air painting in Venice every summer since 1999.