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 West Dean Gardens 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 a good idea of what goes into making a botanical painting and a little insight into the content of a longer course at West Dean College.
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
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 from shop:
Notebook, HB pencil and pencil sharpener, white china palette, watercolour paints, brushes and a selection of papers, etc.
Mariella Baldwin studied botanical illustration at the English Gardening School, London and received an MA in Visual Arts from Sussex University. Her paintings are held in collections both in the UK and USA. She is a painting member of Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society. Her book 'Botanical Painting' was published in 2011.