This course puts emphasis on drawing and painting botanical sketches and studies. For this, we will use pens of various types and sizes and wet-in-wet watercolour washes. The resulting work can be kept as finished colour studies or can be used as references for more elaborate paintings. This technique is also very useful if you like to work in the field.
During the course, you will develop your skills in wet-in-wet watercolour techniques, learn about composition, botanical drawing, tone and shadows, planning a painting, colours and colour mixing. You will also learn how to combine the accuracy of a pen line with the looseness of wet-in-wet washes, and how to paint colour sketches for future reference. You will start working on cartridge paper, drawing and painting ink and wash studies, As the course progresses, you will have the choice between continuing working on studies or moving on to work on heavy watercolour paper, producing finished ink and watercolour pieces. You will work on your paintings, supported by demonstrations of techniques and materials advice from your tutor, individual tutorials and group review.
By the end of the course, you will:
- Understand the different characteristics of working studies and finished pieces.
- Gain theoretical knowledge as well as practice.
- Be able to apply the skills learned to produce better paintings.
- Improve the identification of colours and be able to reproduce them.
- Produce several finished colour sketches.
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)
"Everything was absolutely well planned, including cafe, reception atmosphere and, of course, the excellent instruction by Sandrine. I would say the professional teaching by her was the best part of my experience at West Dean."Virginia, August 2020
Sandrine Maugy is a member of the Society of Floral Painters and the Society of Botanical Artists. She writes articles for Artists & Illustrators and her book Colours of Nature was published in 2013.