Working at your own pace on your choice of subject/s in a relaxed atmosphere, the course offers an opportunity to learn about and experience different types of coloured pencils and papers, as well as techniques for drawing and mixing/ layering coloured pencils. You will begin to recognise the particular values of different pencil types and paper surfaces, and how to regulate pressure and pencil strokes for particular effects.
There will be individual attention on a rotating basis, as well as a demonstration of techniques and discussions about equipment and troubleshooting. By the end of the course, you should have gained a lot of knowledge from personal experimentation, building the confidence to continue with your study or composition at home if it is not quite completed during the course.
Botanical work is detailed and requires precise observation and drawing to create an accurate three-dimensional depiction. It would be helpful to bring a suitably sized sketchbook for sketching and composition ideas.
The replication of colour is also important, so it will be helpful to bring a small sketchbook (perhaps A5) for testing colour mixes and the practising of techniques for colour build up through layering and blending. This will form the basis of a personal reference book in which techniques and colour work can be continually experimented with and refined to increase confidence and curiosity.
Some thought will be given to the composition and presentation of your subject/s too. Again, further confidence will develop with familiarity and frequent practice.
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)
Susan Christopher-Coulson gained a BA (Hons) in fashion design at Kingston Art School. Whilst working in the London fashion industry, Susan also taught part-time on the Art Foundation Course at Colchester Institute. Susan returned to drawing natural history and botanical subjects. Following the success of her first solo exhibition, botanical work became the focus of her work, which has gained many awards including two RHS gold medals.
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