MASTERCLASS - FRESH, LOOSE AND LIVELY – Extending Watercolor Techniques with John Lovett - July 2016


Watercolour is a wonderful, responsive medium and John Lovett traveled all the way from Australia to take his students through an adventure in its immediacy and added new exciting elements by introducing ink, pastel, charcoal, gesso and gouache to produce a rich vibrant result suited to a great variety of subjects.

Students learned techniques that allowed them to work loosely and intuitively, responding to what was happening within the painting, rather than sticking rigidly to a predetermined plan.

John guided them through his approach to watercolor, then encourage his students to expand on that with a variety of exciting techniques that blended with and extended the traditional approach to watercolour painting that definitely took people out of their comfort zone but resulted in some amazing work!

Students learned to :

  • Work on the painting as a balanced whole rather than a collection of separate parts
  • Related different techniques to different subjects
  • Keep control and balanced subtlety with accidental looseness.

He provided a variety of painting subjects and did two demos each day. that were completed in stages and then guided individuals with their finished work so that they truly learned how to maximize and elaborate on his techniques.  The students worked hard, but had a lot of fun and produced some very exciting paintings in a medium known for it's challenges.


JOHN LOVETT is a prominent Australian artist, and has been painting professionally since 1979. He is a regular contributor to International Artist Magazine and Australian Artist Magazine. He is the author of two books including “Watercolor For The Fun Of It”, and a two-hour instructional DVD called “Splashing Paint”. He conducts workshops internationally and his informal, passionate approach has won a huge following. He has had over 35 solo shows and has taken part in many group shows.

See more of John's work on his website at