Katharine Dickinson – Artist


Watercolour Painting – New Classes

Night Time Compositions

The Harvest Moon: Drawing for ‘A Pastoral Scene’ c.1831-2 Samuel Palmer 1805-1881

Moonlight as Muse

This short series is inspired by the mystery of the Moon as Muse in landscape painting.
Explore colour palettes for a nighttime scene.
Study master artist paintings on the theme of moonlight, as well as photographs of night scenes.
Develop watercolour mixing skills for a nighttime palette by investigating colour contrast and intensity.
Supplies include: Toned Blue Mixed Media Pad, watercolour paints, masking fluid or Gum arabic, white gouache paint

A detailed description and supply list available on registration

Dates: November 19th, 26th, and December 2nd
Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM 
Three consecutive Fridays of two hour classes

Email for more information and supply list: Katharine


Illustrating Funghi and Study of Trees

Botanical Drawing and Painting

Home grown garlic from Manitoba was the subject of this expressive botanical drawing

Creating Atmosphere in Watercolour Painting

Inspiration from J.M.W. Turner

LIVE! Drawing and painting classes resume! En Plein Air – Queen Elizabeth Park – More Information “Classes”


Botanical Drawing Fruit & Vegetables

This series will cover some fundamental botanical illustration methods to create an accurate study using pencil techniques. Study the subject from different angles finding the best view. Some shading will be added to an accurate drawing to add three dimensions to complete an artwork.
Dates: September 20th, 27th and October 4th
Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM 
Three consecutive Tuesdays of two hour classes
Email to sign up


Garden Studio – Tuesdays

Expressive Drawing and Painting Botanicals
Dry and wet media

In this three-class series we will create a collection of botanical impressions. Experiment with your art supplies. Combining dry and wet media to capture the essence and nature of a subject via line, shape, form and colour. Working from live subjects, photographic reference and historical master artworks for guidance and inspiration.
Live video demonstrations with step-by-step instruction on observational drawing and expressive mark-making.
Date: June 8th, 15th and 22nd 2021
Time; 10:00AM-12:00PM
Cost: $99
Three consecutive Tuesdays of two hour classes
Video recordings available via this website for the month

Email to sign up

Garden Studio – Fridays

Summer Landscape Painting
Drawing and Watercolour

Step-by-step drawing and painting techniques for landscape composition
Explore the elements of art in landscape painting studying classic master artworks

Date: June 4th, 11th and 18th 2021
Time; 10:00AM-12:00PM
Cost: $99
Three consecutive Fridays of two hour classes
Video recordings available via this website for the month

Email to sign up


May 8-16 Vancouver Bird Celebration runs from May 8-16 and features events such as panel discussions, webinars, talks, exhibitions, and lectures showcasing the diversity of bird species who visit this region.

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Drawing Birds

In collaboration with VanDusen Botanical Gardens and Bloedel Conservatory

April 2021

Garden Studio – Friday

Garden Studio

Practical Colour Study – Watercolour mixing GREEN

Mixing watercolour to capture the tints, tones and shades of GREEN in nature.
Strategies to identify hue, value and saturation of plant colour for practical use in botanical and landscape watercolour studies.

Date: April 30th May 7th and 21st 2021
Time; 10:00AM-12:00PM
Three consecutive Fridays of two hour classes
Video recordings available via this website for the month

Email to sign up

Garden Studio – Tuesday

Garden Studio

Drawing and Watercolour

Step-by-step drawing techniques to capture the beauty of flowers.
Strategies to capture accurate petal placement, proportions and foreshortening of flower shapes at different angles.
Matching flower colours mixing primary watercolours

Date: April 27th May 4th and 11th 2021
Time; 10:00AM-12:00PM
Three consecutive Tuesdays of two hour classes
Video recordings available via this website for the month

Email to sign up

VanDusen Botanical Gardens – Courses

Online Botanical Illustration class in collaboration with VanDusen Botanical Gardens Wednesdays April 7th, 14th and 21st 11:00AM – 1:00PM PT

March 2021

Drawing Birds

VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Katharine Dickinson
Online drawing birds class in collaboration with VanDusen Botanical Gardens Tuesday March 9th and 16th March 6:00PM – 8:00PM PT

February 2021

Gestural drawing, watercolour, Katharine Dickinson

Drawing and Painting Trees for Landscape


Date: February 12th, 19th and 26th 2021

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PMT

Online via Zoom – email to register

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Continuing Studies classes start this month

Introduction to Digital Illustration – Photoshop

Online 21/02/10 – 21/03/31 Time 6:30 – 9:30

In this course, students will expand their illustration practice through the essential skill of digital illustration with Adobe Creative Cloud’s Photoshop.

Introduction to Watercolour Painting

Online 21/02/25 – 21/04/15 Time 6:30 – 9:30

This course introduces you to the essential techniques of painting with watercolour. 

January 2021

Low Key Watercolour Winter Landscape

Friday’s 15th, 22nd and 30th

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PMT

Learn basic drawing and painting techniques by observing directly from nature, taking photographs and looking at master artwork examples.

Online via Zoom – email to register

Sketching Landscapes inspired by master artworks. Study composition, low-key winter colour themes for atmospheric perspective using a variety of brush strokes and mark-making techniques.

Happy New Year 2021

Watching the sun set on 2020

Gift Voucher 2021

Art Class at Garden Studio

Gift Voucher

Treat yourself or buy a gift certificate for your family or friend
Watercolour Class – Online – Garden Studio
Cost $99 – A series of three classes of 2hr sessions

Contact Katharine info@dickinsonart.ca

2020 Sunset 2021 Sunrise

Watercolour Land and Skyscapes

December 2020

Friday 18th Wednesday 23rd and Wednesday 30th

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PMT

Online via Zoom

Prepared and facilitated by Katharine Dickinson

Inspired by master artworks this three-part series of Landscape painting will have an emphasis on sky exploring sunrise and sunset scenes

Private family classes available: Contact Katharine info@dickinsonart.ca


VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Beavertail Prickly Pear

Naturalist Journal

Improve your drawing skills for journaling, teaching, or pure enjoyment in this 3-part series. Beginners welcome. Lose your inner critic and shift your creative process in this VanDusen course classic, now offered online via live video demonstrations and presentations. Katharine will teach you how to record nature through illustration. Learn how to create the illusion of depth, and draw accurate observational drawings looking at plants from different aspects.

November 18th, 25th and December 4th Wednesdays at 11.00AM – 1:00PM

Garden Studio – Online Class

Watercolour painting on paper. Katharine Dickinson
Trout Lake Park

Fridays, Nov 20th, 27th and Dec 2nd
10.00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
For details and to register contact Katharine info@dickinsonart.ca
Working from instructor examples or your own photographs and sketches of local landscape, follow  a step-by-step  process, demonstrations to inspire creativity, using elements and principals of art to build a well crafted watercolour scene

VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Illustrating Funghi

October 31 2020 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join Katharine to illustrate fungi up close in this autumn workshop. Students will use a combination of watercolours for colour matching, blend the subtle colour variations with wet-on-wet followed by dry brush techniques, adding coloured pencil to create surface texture effects. Some experience with drawing and watercolour is recommended, lots of instructor guidance and step-by-step demonstrations.

Online Classes: Sample Video Clips

En Plein Air Landscape

A weekend hike to Brandywine Meadows and Mountain. A spectacular hike in the alpine, near Squamish B.C.. I stopped to paint a quick sketch of the meadows, I could see small masses of glacial ice on top of the mountain. The sky was a deep blue reflected in the bubbling creeks surrounded by wild flowers. This little sketch tries to capture some of the scale of peaks beside the trees that vanish into the base of the mountain ascent.

Observational drawing techniques

Summer 2020

The Shadbolt Centre for Arts opened up to small art classes this summer. This August painting class has been the first in-classroom series I have taught since March, because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Shadbolt Centre for Arts staff did an amazing job of ensuring a safe workplace for student clients and teaching staff during the week.

Summer Watercolours has been a wonderful week drawing and painting in the sunshine. Following covid-19 safety protocol our class of six students ran smoothly. We had a lots of space in the classroom and spent most of the day painting outdoors in the beautiful environment of Deer Lake, Century Gardens and Burnaby Village Museum.

Deer Lake – Summer Watercolours

August 2020

Drawing Nature

Botanical Sketches

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