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Private Workshop: The Ballet Dancer with Carole Massey

Paint a ballet dancer live, with Carole Massey, filming live on 15th Sept '20.

Water Soluble Pencils are simple to use and offer the control and familiarity of a pencil, with the fluidity of watercolour; they are very portable and light, require no palette, and use far less water than watercolours. Painting this delightful subject of a single ballet dancer, Carole will show you how to mix flesh tones and shadows, tackle the drape and flow of clothing as well as giving you lots of tips and techniques for using this exciting and versatile medium. This workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Once aired, you can watch the video of the live session by clicking the unlocked video below - or watch for free via our Patreon platform if you are at the applicable level. You can also unlock it below by purchasing it on the artists shop here:

See video, reference picture, materials required and paintings received below.

Reference Picture:

Workshop Video (watch on Patreon or purchase here)

(If you have paid to unlock the video but still can't see it showing, please contact us)



In preparation, please do an outline drawing of the dancer using a light brown Water Soluble Pencil e.g. terracotta or sanguine. See my example.


Watercolour paper – Bockingford 140lb, 300 gsm, semi rough; alternatively a good quality cartridge paper with a slight “tooth” to the surface ( i.e. not smooth)

Size approx. 16” x 12” or 40 x 30cm, taped or stretched onto a board.


Watercolour brushes Nos 10 or 12 and 6 round, synthetic or synthetic/sable mix


A range of artist quality WSPs, e.g. Derwent Inktense, Caran d’Ache Supracolour Soft or Daler Rowney “Albrecht Durer” etc.

Colours to include lemon yellow & yellow ochre, cadmium red and crimson, Ultramarine or cobalt blue, indigo, terracotta or burnt sienna, dark brown and black.


Masking fluid and suitable applicator – a pen or a small stick

A water pot, some kitchen roll, a pencil sharpener and an eraser (not kneadable)

A piece of paper (preferably the same as your working surface) to try out the colours

Masking tape or clips to secure your work and reference to a drawing board or pad

Optional; I’ll have a hairdryer handy in case I need it.


If you do not have any Water Soluble Pencils, you can use watercolours and a 2B or 3B graphite pencil for the initial sketch.


Paintings sent in to us:



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