Learn traditional botanical watercolour painting techniques, using a step-by-step approach to capture buds as they begin to bloom. Make accurate observations and interpretations, with strong composition.
Bursting buds make for an excellent botanical subject to study in April when there is an exuberance of plant material. This weekend course will help you develop your practice in accurate observation and watercolour techniques. The gardens at West Dean provide a diverse choice of subjects to paint including flower and leaf buds.
The emphasis will be on traditional botanical watercolour painting techniques, and Mariella provides a practical step-by-step approach to the subject. Watercolour techniques will be demonstrated together with exercises and tips as you discover how to get the best results from the medium. Accurate observation and drawing will be encouraged with guidance on how to develop faithful interpretations of your subject. You will also learn about composition and botanical painting through discussion and references to contemporary and historical styles.
By the end of the course you will have study sheets together with course notes to help you complete your painting. These studies will be useful references for future work after the course, supporting your ongoing skills in botanical painting.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
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.