Bermuda scenes: View of Tobacco Bay by James Toogood. *Photo supplied
Bermuda scenes: View of Tobacco Bay by James Toogood. *Photo supplied

FRIDAY, APR. 27: Expert watercolourist James Toogood is returning to the island to host a special retrospective exhibition from May 4 to 30 at Masterworks.

The artist will also be holding a series of workshops in watercolour techniques as well as a slideshow and seminar at the museum.

Toogood has a long history with Masterworks taking part in the Artists Up Front Street in the early 90s and then as a resident in 2002. His current show is called Now and Then and includes a body of work inspired by the island.

The workshops are aimed at anyone wanting to enrich their skills in watercolour painting. Landscapes will be the primary focus and there will be topics including design and composition, achieving a feeling of light and creating the illusion of space and depth. The workshops take place on May 19 and 20, 26 and/or 27 from 10am to 4pm.

A variety of materials will be discussed, including paper, brushes and pigments. Each workshop will begin with a demonstration on Saturday morning. You will be encouraged to explore your own personal artistic style. All participants will have the opportunity for individual instruction. While landscape will be the primary focus, discussions of other subjects are welcome. The workshops are designed to be taken together or individually. Pricing is $160 per weekend workshop for a member, and $180 for a non-member. Call 299-4000 to book or do so online under Education / Adult Workshops. Toogood will also be hosting an introductory slideshow and discussion on Thursday, May 10. Doors open at 5:30pm for a 6pm start. The price is $10 for members or $15 for non-members and includes soup and sandwiches.