A Summer Garden - Colour and Composition

A Summer Garden - Colour and Composition


Be prepared to free up and let go! Capture the freshness, vivacity and colour of flowers in the garden with a variety of acrylic techniques. We will initially be looking at shape and form, starting with bold shapes and colour.

We will then explore mark-making, pattern and layering to capture the impression of a tangle of flowers & foliage. Along with selective use of collage to introduce a contrast of texture and definition, drawn marks can be added as a foil to the looseness of painting – this is definitely not a botanical painting class!

Lots of step-by-step demos & individual help.... a basic knowledge of acrylics is useful.

What to bring:

A packed lunch

Heavy watercolour paper or canvas board

Heavy cartridge paper or pad for initial studies and exercises

Clipboard or drawing board and bulldog clips if working on loose paper – we will be sketching & painting outside if the weather allows.

In case of bad weather please also bring other references to work from – photos/sketches of gardens/allotments / parks etc (ideally with a structure of some sort…. fence/trellis / shed/canes etc)

Drawing pencil, rubber, sharpener

Posca pens if you have any (or similar paint markers) – don’t buy specially

Oil pastels or artists crayons such as Neocolour - whatever you have (don’t buy specially)

Acrylic paints – primaries plus any others you have – if buying specially just buy primary colours and white… magenta or permanent rose is also useful for pink flowers

If you have a small watercolour set you may like to bring it for initial outdoor studies

Mixing palette with a large flat area (plates are fine), range of brushes (whatever you have – including some large ones and fine ones)

Kitchen roll, water pot, scissors

Acrylic matt medium (the gel sort – Pebeo make a good but cheap one)

Old clothes/apron

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Included on the day:

Any other materials not specified for students to bring

Expert tuition

1 to 1 guidance

Detailed demonstrations

A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and delicious cakes

And of course, you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you would like to share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them, so you can share this on social media and tag us.

Terms - Fee is payable on booking. If having booked, you can no longer attend, we are unable to offer a refund or transfer you to another workshop. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us using the contact page on the Micklems Farm website. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid.

Level: Beginner and up

Number of students: 10


Madeleine Murray at Micklems Farm Creative Workshops

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Micklems Farmhouse
Knowl Hill
RG10 9YD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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