Immerse yourself in the tips and tricks of botanical painting with coloured pencils. You will study a variety of techniques that will help you make your colours leap off the page, and to amaze with fine detail. You will also learn the importance of planning, when and in what order to underpaint, blend, use resist or emboss.
On the first evening Ann will give a short presentation to illustrate some of the techniques, textures and fine details you will be tackling during the course with some updates about new materials and a short discussion about student expectations. You need to have a basic knowledge of working with coloured pencil or to have attended one of Ann's beginner courses.
Using some of her colour mixing templates you will learn how to mix clean colours with convincing shadows and how to plan your approach to your work to avoid accidents. Ann will demonstrate some of her many tricks and tips for creating realistic textures for bloom, velvety petals, strong highlights, surface patterns, hairy stems and furry leaves.
This workshop is for having a go and trying out all these techniques which when mastered will add depth, realism and interest to your finished colour pencil work and certainly help you attract an audience to your pictures. You will leave with a page or two of studies, some colour templates and lots of notes plus the start of a finished project which you will be able to complete at home with the knowledge you have acquired.
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)
"Learning new art techniques in a wonderful setting and with a very friendly group of people. We also had a very experienced and talented teacher in Ann Swan who demonstrated the art techniques and helped us all to achieve great results in our own work."Vivien, 2019
Ann is one of this country's leading botanical artists and teachers working primarily in coloured pencil and graphite. She has been awarded four RHS Gold Medals and her work is in the prestigious Shirley Sherwood Collection and the RHS Lindley Library. Ann is an enthusiastic and nurturing teacher with over twenty five years' experience and now teaches around the world. Her book 'Botanical Painting with Colour Pencils' is a leader in the field.