About the Course
Simon travels up once every year from his Dorset studio to take this class. Students may attend for any, either or all of the 1, 2 or 3 days he will be here and can choose whether they wish to paint a Wildilfe or Botanical illustration. He will demonstrate and teach in each subject each day as required. You will be painting and receive instruction in the illustrative use of watercolours and also gouache if required. This course may not be suitable for complete beginners in watercolours. You should have had a few hours of working with watercolours before the course. Simon can lend you all equipment and materials for which there may be a small fee to cover the paper etc (maybe £5) and use of brushes.
A highly accomplished professional artist and teacher in both botanical and wildlife illustration. He is also currently director of the SBA Distance Learning Programme.
DRAWING your subject If the actual drawing of a wildlife subject is a worry - you'll be glad to know that many students trace the outlines of wildlife subjects. They can then concentrate on applying paint correctly. This course is about all aspects of correct painting techniques, not learning to draw.
Those who've been with Simon before often book several days and work on their preferred subject throughout (wildlife or botanical). Simon is relaxed and flexible and this is not a problem; he will demonstrate both on each day as required.
If you try . . . Botanical Illustration
Using live plant material you may bring or choose from the Cycle Cafe gardens, this Botanical course will ensure you learn the various methods of using Watercolours - at times with gouache- in illustrating a subject successfully. Gouache can be used to build up a more opaque finish and does allow you to be able to work light colour or white highlights over the top of darker ones if needs be. The subject matter in many cases dictates which technique is most appropriate, and Simon will explain all he knows in this field..
You will learn to look and observe details, mix colour and master application techniques. Whichever your chosen medium you will learn to use a dry brush technique to render detail and texture to your botanical painting. Colour swatches are also important and you will make colour notes etc to keep as future reference. Doing a swatch and practicing colour mixing is the best way to progress and be able to look and know instinctively which colours to mix.
If you try .. Wildlife Illustration . .
During Wildlife Illustration the group will be working from photographic reference therefore please bring any pictures you might be interested in painting birds or animals. Simon himself brings much materials as well as insects and a variety of other real specimens - butterflies insects feathers etc
Students can sign up for one, two or three days - different demonstrations will be covered in each day.
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What's included in the price?
Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside in the Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).
Our days are considered real treats - many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.
We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 from our friendly family run Cycle Cafe Tea Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.
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