Pushing the Boundaries, Improving Composition.

12th August 2017 @ 10:00 am – 13th August 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Nature in Art
Nature in Art
01452 731422

Art Courseann-swan
with Ann Swan 10am – 5pm
Maximum Participants: 12

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.

Course Cost
Members: £84
Non-members: £110
Course Suitability: Beginners – Advanced

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
  • Eraser
  • Blender Pen
  • Ruler
  • 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



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