Jennifer’s flyingcolours offers a broad range of customized art instruction. From school workshops to children’s birthday parties to adult events to art therapy sessions, participants – including those with no previous experience – enjoy working with professional materials as they are guided by detailed, hands-on instruction from a patient, kind teacher. A flyingcolours workshop always results in beautiful paintings and a great sense of accomplishment.
Flyingcolours programs cover a wide range of topics and techniques, including the watercolour medium and materials, including pigments; working with acrylics; composition and the painting method; and specific techniques including how to hold a brush, loading a brush with paint, how water and paint interact and more.
The watercolour medium’s free-flowing nature allows for a completely open, creative process. People experience the magic of making art and seeing their painting unfold before their eyes.
Jennifer Nicol is a professional artist, mother, and active community volunteer. Art is both her vocation and passion as she has developed a number of unique programs to share her love of art across the Ottawa area. An accomplished watercolour artist, she shares her love of painting with people of all ages, but has a particular gift for teaching children.
Jennifer loves teaching watercolour in particular because it is such a flexible medium and offers budding artists of all ages the chance to experience the joy of making beautiful paintings and learning more about the creative process. With each workshop that she leads, all participants gain a wonderful sense of accomplishment and feel extremely proud when they see their completed works of art.
Jennifer is eager to hear from you to find out how she can help make your artistic dreams a reality.
Jennifer Nicol shares her creative talents with her engaging and inspiring workshops where everyone leaves feeling their own talents have been unleashed. A Flying Colours workshop is an ideal team building activity that encourages participants to share in each other’s creative processes.
Mary Taggart | Editor & Publisher of Ottawa At Home magazine
I recently had the opportunity to create a beautiful watercolour depicting our family skating on the Canal with Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier in the background. While my level of talent is still in question, I can truly appreciate now the fun our children have working with Jennifer in her Flying Colours seminars at school and birthday parties. I now believe the saying ‘masterpieces are possible for everyone’! Thank you for a great evening of fun.
Recently, Jennifer Nicol facilitated a workshop for our Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation fundraiser. It was a pleasure to work with Jennifer; her interest, dedication, creativity and leadership abilities were exemplary. Our sold-out evening was a huge success. I would highly recommend Jennifer and the professional services she offers through Jennifer's Flying Colours.
For the past few years we’ve presented our hockey coaches with an original watercolour painting of their team. Jennifer is able to capture the essence of the team and every child in her painting making this a unique end of year gift to thank coaches for their contribution throughout the season. They are truly touched by such a personalized gift.
Kim Pilon | WEHL Team Manager
The concepts behind Jennifer’s adult workshops are simple and effective. You enjoy wine and appetizers and walk away at the end with a framed piece of art. She is enthusiastic and makes everyone feel comfortable, including people that have never picked up a paint brush before.
Lorna Sierolawski | Canadian Museum of Nature
I have had the great pleasure of knowing Jennifer Nicol since 2007 when Candlelighters launched the Smiling Siblings Watercolour Workshops, a program for siblings of children with cancer. This program is a wonderful example of Candlelighters’ success at reaching into the community and truly making a difference in the lives of children impacted by cancer, thanks to Jennifer’s Flying Colours.
Jocelyn Lamont | Executive Director, Candlelighters Ottawa.
I have taken several of Jennifer’s workshops over the years and I have enjoyed them immensely. Jennifer always makes them a lot of fun and her step-by-step instruction makes it incredibly easy to create a beautiful piece of art even when you think you have no artistic ability! It's always a great night out and lots of fun.
I worked with Jennifer on a community art project. Her creativity, passion and hard work were critical to our project's success. She is a skilled artist as well as a talented organizer and also brings her warmth and humour to any project.
Our book club hosted a paint night with Jennifer’s Flying Colours and it was both fun and a huge success. I was amazed at what beautiful paintings we all produced in a short time and loved the confidence that Jennifer inspired in us. I’ve continued to paint thanks to the lessons I learned in the workshop and it is now a treasured hobby.
For the past two years, Jennifer has graciously volunteered her time to work in my kindergarten classroom. My 4 and 5 year old students enjoyed making beautiful fish and butterfly paintings and were excited to learn how to use real art tools. They were able to follow Jennifer's accessible and thoughtful directions to create glorious works which they were so proud to share with their families.
Please contact me today to let me know in which services you are interested and I will reply as soon as I can with details on my processes and pricing. If you prefer, I am glad to arrange a short meeting to discuss how I can help you. Please give me a minimum of 24 hours to reply to your inquiry and thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I look forward to the possibility of creating something beautiful together.