This practical course introduces you to the art of botanical painting in watercolour. You will learn about approaches to accurate observational drawing, together with some of the basic watercolour mixing and application techniques that are employed in botanical painting.
The tutor will demonstrate a few techniques and give simple tips and advice to help you develop your understanding and skills in this art form. Exercises studying a small botanical specimen taken from the gardens at West Dean will help you apply and practise your skills.
At the end of the day, you will leave with a worksheet of notes and exercises, together with a simple botanical painting, which can be used for future reference. The course aims to give you a good idea of what goes into making a botanical painting, with a little insight into the content of a longer course at West Dean.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
- All the materials and tools will be supplied for the course, including:
- Fabriano hot pressed or Arches watercolour paper 300 gms, 1 x A3 sheet
- Watercolour paint: French Ultramarine, Permanent Rose, Winsor Yellow (one tube of each shared by the group)
- 1 size 3 miniature paintbrush (this can be taken home with you at the end of the course)
- 1 x A4 sheet tracing paper
- 2 x A4 sheets cartridge paper
- 1 putty rubber
What students need to bring
- White china saucer
- A notebook, HB pencil and pencil sharpener
- A camera/phone to record information (if you wish)
- Please wear suitable clothing for this practical day.
Available to buy
- Available from shop:
- A good variety of art materials including notebooks, HB pencils, pencil sharpeners, white china palettes, watercolour paints, brushes and a selection of papers, etc
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.