The 2-day course will focus on botanical painting, giving you the opportunity to work with alternative mediums such as gouache or acryl gouache. Taking the course in watercolour is also available if you would prefer to stick to a familiar medium.
Throughout this course you will be guided in colour mixing, botanical accuracy and the most important skills to gaining three dimensional forms to botanical studies.
This course is open to all levels but a precise rather than loose style of painting will be required.
Materials List A full materials list can be supplied to you, please ask at the Shop or email:
Artist’s Profile Simon is one of the country’s leading botanical artists and Course Director for the Society of Botanical Artists Distance Learning Diploma Course. He is listed in the 35th Edition of Who’s Who in Art.
Through his business, SW Illustrations, Simon has worked for some of the largest
advertisement branding agencies such as JDO Brand Design and Innovation, Tangible Advertising Agency and freelance for magazines, publishers and wildlife art agencies/studios.
Scraperboard is a method of creating a tonal picture by scratching through a layer of black Indian ink to reveal a white chalk layer beneath. In some ways it is similar to drawing, except the white is scratched from the black.
We will explore the techniques that can be used to make marks and scratch out detail.
We will also cover different types of scraperboard and scratchboard, including how to make your own and the different ways board can be coloured after scratching.
Materials List Materials will be provided by the tutor for a fee of £5.
Artist’s Profile Jackie is a self-taught artist, and believes that she inherited her artistic talent from her
grandparents, both of whom were freelance illustrators. She became an artist in 1984 and began portraying animals in pastels.
She started teaching in 2001 and exhibits
regularly with the Feline Art Society. She has won awards for her scraperboard work.
A rare opportunity to see a selection of original paintings and sculptures by members of The Society of Animal Artists (SAA) produced exclusively for this exhibition. Based in the USA, the SAA has members around the world who represent the best of today’s wildlife artists. CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS
To complement this display, another gallery will be primarily dedicated to larger works by SAA members taken from the Nature in Art permanent and loan collections.
Come and meet some wonderful birds of prey in the grounds of Nature in Art. Find out about their amazing lives, watch artists draw and paint them and have a go yourself
A great opportunity for the whole family! No extra admission charge but a donation to Walk with Hawks would be appreciated. No need to book – just come! Walk with Hawks
Strong composition is essential to creating memorable works of art; this is particularly so in botanical art, good composition can lift a work from the mundane to the sublime. In this masterclass Ann will explain the elements that go towards making a balanced and harmonious composition looking at different styles both classical and contemporary. With exercises and techniques to get you thinking ‘outside the box’, Ann will help you towards developing your own particular style.
This workshop is suitable for students working in any medium but Ann’s expertise is working with coloured pencils.
Materials List Items can be ordered in advance from Ann on her website or she will be bringing equipment with her that can be purchased from the studio at very reasonable prices.
- A3 sketch book
- Layout paper
- Graphite Pencils HB, 2B
- Hot Pressed (smooth) watercolour paper 300gms/140lb
- A selection of coloured pencils for applying colour to your designs
If working in coloured pencil there is a list of recommended pencils on Ann’s website
- Rembrandt Lyra Splender Blender Pencil
- Blender Pen
- Pencil Sharpener with a spiral core (Ann sells the Rapesco 64 version)
Please bring any other equipment you like to use plus something to rest your work as there are no drawing boards supplied.
Artist’s Profile Ann is one of this country’s leading botanical artists working primarily in coloured pencil and graphite with four RHS Gold Medals to her name. Her drawings take many hours of intense observation and are imbued with a strong sense of design. Taking her inspiration from our rich and diverse plant life her work is constantly evolving as she tests out new materials and ideas and experiments with different techniques. With her latest work, a series of ‘Larger than Life’ plant portraits, she makes us look with fresh eyes at the familiar.
She is an enthusiastic and nurturing teacher and has run workshops at Nature in Art for many years. Her book ‘Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils’ is still a best seller in its field and she has recently published a ‘Creative Colour Mixing Workbook’ an easy to follow guide for students of coloured pencil.
In 2016 she was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at the UKCPS Annual Exhibition