Early spring bulbs are charming plants for study and this will be a perfect time to spend a few days immersed in botanical painting, with an emphasis on depicting a white flower on white paper. Under the guidance of the tutor, you will pick up various techniques to develop a good sense of form and colour. You will create an accurate three-dimensional painting that looks as if it could be plucked from the page.
This course aims to help you gain confidence in the application of watercolour, together with accurate observational skills. During the course, the tutor will illustrate various theories for you to follow to understand and practise ideas; in particular painting white flowers. Advice and tips will be given to simplify the drawing process, as accurate observation is essential to botanical painting.
The object of the course is to achieve an accurate detailed drawing from which the painting will be made. The focus on painting will be layering colours to build up tonal values to describe the form, creating a three-dimensional plant. Additionally and equally important, will be attention to colour mixing and theory, including aerial perspective. The tutor will demonstrate various wet-in-wet and dry brush techniques for you to work out the ways to develop a personal style.
By the end of the course, you will leave with a series of course exercises and notes to accompany the painting, which will be useful for further painting projects. You will leave with a greater understanding of accurate rendition and colour theory. With reference to botanical paintings, both contemporary and historical, you will be equipped with inspirational ideas to progress your own 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)
Mariella Baldwin studied botanical illustration at the English Gardening School, London and received an MA in Visual Arts from Sussex University. Her paintings are held in collections both in the UK and USA. She is a painting member of Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society. Her book 'Botanical Painting' was published in 2011.
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