This course is ideal for anyone who would like to explore rich velvet colours in watercolour combined with accurate colour matching and observation. The dominant colours displayed in the anemone flower at this time of year are vibrant violets, scarlets, crimsons and magenta. The course aims to give you the opportunity to explore colour theory and colour matching using the flowers as guides. Drawing and composition will also form part of the course. Group demonstrations will be given as well as individual attention. You will be encouraged to work at your own pace and to create an observational worksheet which will be a valuable reference.
Whilst these flowers have strong colours, they nevertheless have a dancing light quality which requires a delicacy of touch. This will be examined during the course. Using a step by step approach you will be guided on how to achieve an accurate drawing which faithfully represents the flower. Various painting techniques will be demonstrated and you will be given tips on how achieve depth of colour whilst retaining the delicacy needed. Reference will be made to contemporary and historical artists.
By the end of the course you will leave with your personal worksheet with notes and exercises which will be a useful resource for all future work. You will practice various techniques which you will be able to apply to your painting and you will pick up a number of useful tips. You will learn a step by step approach to your painting and leave with a painted study of an anemone flower from which future work can be built upon.
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)
"It was a pleasure to work with Mariella and learn many skills and tips that she had to offer. Mariella is a very experienced and talented botanical artist. She provided many demonstrations and individual advice. Her expertise shone through and was captured by the whole group. We all completed a botanical painting by the end of the weekend to be proud of and Mariella provide positive feedback on all pieces as a group with suggestions of how to improve even more. I liked the positive way she provided feedback which left everyone inspired to continue with their botanical painting."Shirley, 2019
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.