Paint ornamental gourds, edible vegetables and beautiful fruit.
Learn how to render these subjects in a botanical style, using
wet-in-wet washes and dry brush techniques.
The West Dean extensive walled gardens and orchards provide a large harvest at this time of year, from ornamental gourds to edible vegetables and beautiful fruit.
The aims of the course are to:
- Improve your skills in watercolour techniques
- Increase your confidence in botanical painting
- Develop your knowledge and understanding of colours and colour-mixing theory
- Enable you to use light and dark to paint 3D looking subjects
- Show you how to use blemishes and other features to make the fruits and vegetables look realistic and to give them personality
On the first evening Sandrine will introduce the subject, helping you to select what you will paint. Together you will look at materials and start sketching your first subject.
Sandrine will teach you techniques in sketching, wet-in-wet watercolour painting, dry brush painting, colour-mixing, composition, tone and shadows, planning a painting and keeping a sketchbook, and creating volume. Sandrine will support you with demonstrations and lectures on the techniques as well as one to one support.
During the course you will become more familiar with the watercolour painting process; gain theoretical knowledge as well as practice; be able to paint better looking fruit and vegetables; improve your identification of colours and be able to reproduce them, and produce one or several finished paintings. There will also be a session on Harmonic Shadows, a method by which local colours are used to create shadow colours in harmony with the subject.
At the end of the course you will take home some sketches and at least one finished 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)
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.