Mixed and other media

Floribunda – expressive mixed media painting with Emily Ball

Ref: S4D09910

Suitable for all

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About this course

Take a fresh look at depicting the beauty, form and richness of flora in your work. Experiment with materials and mark-making, and learn expressive approaches to painting through practical exercises and illustrated talks.

Course Description

The full length of the Orangery at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation will be filled with buckets and pots of plants and flowers gathered from West Dean Gardens. It will be a visual feast, a flower painting extravaganza.

This subject is perfect to inspire you to be more expressive and to indulge your enjoyment of colour, texture, form and paint. The aim of this course is to help you make paintings that go beyond traditional flower painting, to encourage you to be bold, experimental and courageous.

Your tutor will provide guided painting and drawing exercises designed to help you become more expressive with your marks and materials. You will learn how to select and assemble information from the subject to make a personal response. The tutor will help you explore mark-making to make a rich visual language and help you to become more confident with handling paint and mediums to create different surfaces and sensations. By developing these skills it will be possible to celebrate in paint, the beautiful sculptural, tactile, vibrancy and abundance of the flowers on display. You will make numerous studies to help develop your work and should go home with two or three finished paintings.


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.

Daily timetable

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.

Last day

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)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Lots of rags
  • Suitable clothing for painting

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Oil and acrylic paint
  • Chalk pastels, oil pastels and oil sticks
  • Scene painter’s charcoal and fixative
  • Pencils, rubbers, masking tape, bull dog clips
  • Brushes – a varied selection of different size brushes from large decorating to delicate sable rigger brushes
  • Linseed oil, Zest-it (odourless alternative to white spirit or turpentine)
  • Palette knives and a large palette
  • Canvases and paper


Emily Ball

Emily Ball trained at Exeter and Surrey Universities and is director and tutor of Emily Ball at Seawhite Studio. Her book Painting and Drawing People - A Fresh Approach was published in 2009.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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