Chasing Watercolour Dreams

28 February - 3 March, 2019



The Visionary Projects is delighted to be hosting the "Chasing Watercolour Dreams" travel workshop with Australian artist Kelogsloops in Los Angeles.

Hieu Nguyen, more commonly known online under the alias ‘kelogsloops,’ is a portrait watercolour artist from Australia. This workshop will focus on learning the fundamentals of watercolour, including application, colour mixing and techniques to ultimately create expressive watercolour portraits from reference and observation. Students will be taught the foundations of watercolour, before exploring advanced watercolour techniques to encourage developing one’s own personal style as well as an understanding of composition.




Workshop Hours: 10am-5pm

Refer to list below regarding art supplies.
We will also have several options for both vegan + vegetarians

Day 1: Thursday, 28 February
WatercoloUr & Personal Technique

10:00am - Personal Intro Discussions & Group Breakfast

Objective: Building the basic foundations and techniques of watercolour to equip all skill ranges with necessary techniques to start painting. Throughout the day, exercises and subject matter will be given to paint. For example, painting a simple cat from using purely wet on wet techniques, and a bird from purely wet on dry, ending with something that uses both wet on wet and wet on dry to show the versatility of watercolour techniques at your disposal.

Wet on Wet Techniques, Wet on Dry Techniques, Discussion: Finding, developing & mastering your style

Day 2: Friday, 1 March
Colour + Skin Mixing

Morning: 10:00am - Breakfast

Objective: Start building upon basic techniques and start developing an understanding of color mixing, color theory and transparency using water. This is to give a way to create the colors at their disposal, and also to be able to start giving an understanding of how layering and glazing works. Main exercises will be to create a color chart, transparency charts, skin mixing charts, and then a basic portrait.

Transparency with Water Dilutions, Color Charts, End of the day discussions

Day 3: Saturday, 2 march
Advanced Techniques

Morning: 10:00am - Breakfast

Objective: Develop and encourage exploration & personalization of techniques and the general painting process - by showing a more in-depth, advanced analysis and practice of the basic techniques. Creating your own personal and powerful style of portraiture. Main exercise of the day will be on layering and glazing, building upon skin layers and how to start creating portraits.

Masking, Layering & Glazing, Negative Painting, Textures

Day 4: sunday, 3 march
Advanced Portraiture

Morning: 10:00am - Breakfast

Objective: How to compose a compelling image and to ultimately execute a portraiture piece from reference or from direct observation. Utilising watercolour techniques learnt to stylise. Later there will be an introduction to mixed media beyond watercolour: considering mediums such as ink, gold leaf, pastel, acrylic etc.

Composition, Mixed Media, Discussions: Making it as an Artist Today / Social Media

Los Angeles


the studio

Los Angeles, CA




  • You may read our complete list of Terms & Policies here.

  • A full refund will be made if for any unexpected reason the workshop is canceled.

  • If you withdraw from the trip after making your initial deposit (in the full or half amount), you will receive a 50% refund of your deposit up until 90 days to the event.

  • You may purchase traveler's insurance in the event of an unexpected circumstance (death in the family, accident, illness) that would require you cancel your trip.