An Approach to Botanical Illustration - Drawing and Basic Watercolour Techniques - 5 day residential


Duration: 5 days

Price: £520

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About the Course

Introductory course to botanical illustration based at Slapton Ley Field Centre, run by the Field Studies Council.

This 5 day residential art course offers you the opportunity to try out some of the many techniques which are used in this fascinating and absorbing artform. The study of plants can be both therapeutic and relaxing as it can be challenging. Its skill base is many and varied, ranging from observational drawing practices, colour mixing using a limited primary palette, various watercolour techniques including the elusive wet-into-wet washes, botanical style through to the cornerstone of botanical illustration - tonal gradation and finishing for life-like 3D plant paintings. Study the stages of painting which go to make up examples of plant portrayals in detail. This course is for beginners and improvers as it can be extremely advantageous for those with little or no experience to work alongside painters with some expertise. The sharing of skills and knowledge is greatly encouraged and can be beneficial to all concerned.

Rosie Martin holds an RHS Gold medal and has taught courses at the Eden Project Cornwall, Dartington Hall, Devon, and at venues in San Francisco, Canada and Switzerland. She is co-author/principal illustrator of four bestselling books on botanical and natural history illustration, she exhibits worldwide and is an experienced teacher in many art-based subjects.

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What's included in the price?

The fee includes accommodation in your own room and all your meals.

Please enquire about the fees for shared room occupancy as well as non-residential rates (tuition only).

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 29th July 2018

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