Using nature (seedpods, cones, rocks, bark and other winter seasonal items) you will be looking at how to portray subjects accurately, using watercolour techniques to capture the textures and detail in your chosen subjects.
This course will help you improve your watercolour skills and painting accuracy, encouraging you to look closely at your subject in order to to portray it in as much detail as possible. You will learn how to use a variety of watercolour techniques to create textures and how to mix colours from a limited palette.You will learn how and when to use wet in wet, wet on dry and dry brush techniques. You will use measuring and an understanding of negative space to create a balanced composition. We will look at different mark-making to create texture. Sketchbook studies will be used to develop drawing skills and to gather information about your subjects. There will be tutor demonstrations and one to one tuition.
By the end of the course you will produce a small completed composition or a series of small detailed studies. You will have developed your knowledge of the various watercolour techniques and colour mixing and you will understand how to build a painting from start to finish.
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)
Amber trained at the University of Creative Arts in Canterbury. She then went on to specialise in watercolour and coloured pencil in botanical art. Amber currently works on private commissions and teaches botanical and watercolour classes. Her work is highly detailed with a contemporary style. She is a Fellow Member of the Society of Botanical Artists, exhibits regularly in London and Germany, and has sold work to private collections in the UK, Germany, France and China.