What makes a good composition and how can we create stand-out, eye-catching images? Your tutor will demonstrate and use exercises to help you to develop a sense of your own style and give you a framework within which to compose your work. You will look at classical and contemporary botanical illustration and then move outside of your comfort zone to push the boundaries and get you thinking outside of the box. This course is suitable for intermediate to advanced students of botanical art in any medium but your tutor specialises in coloured pencil.
On the first evening, your tutor will give a short presentation to illustrate some of the theories behind good composition and the different styles of botanical art over time.
This workshop is for exploring ideas and ways to create strong contemporary images and help you attract an audience to your pictures. You will leave with lots of sketched designs, some handouts on the theories illustrated plus the beginnings of a more finished piece which you will be able to finish at home with the knowledge gained on this course.
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 until 9pm, 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)
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.
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