Working at your own pace in a relaxed atmosphere, this course offers an opportunity to learn about and experience drawing with different types of coloured pencils and papers. Techniques for drawing, mixing and layering colour will also be explored. You will begin to recognise the particular values of different pencil types and paper surfaces, as well as how to regulate pressure and pencil strokes for particular effects.
Botanical work is detailed and requires precise observation and drawing to create an accurate depiction that appears three-dimensional. The accurate replication of colour is also important. It would be helpful to have a small sketchbook (perhaps A5) dedicated to testing colour mixes and practicing techniques for colour build up through layering and blending. This will form the basis of a personal reference book for techniques and colour work which can be continually experimented in to refine ideas and increase confidence and curiosity.
You will be given guidance on composition and presentation, with individual attention as needed as well as demonstrations of techniques and discussions about equipment and troubleshooting.
By the end of the course, you will have expanded your knowledge of colour application, technique and pencil use, from experimentation and practical application. You will have developed your confidence to continue with your study or composition at home.
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)
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.