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Botanical illustration: developing your skills at Flatford Mill

Botanical illustration: developing your skills at Flatford Mill

Duration: 8 days

Price: £675

Book with: Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill

Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt
Suffolk
CO7 6UL
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Course Start Dates

Sunday 26th July 2020

About the Course

This unique and historic course is for those with some previous experience in botanical illustration. During this week you will learn more advanced techniques as demonstrated by Lesley on a group and individual basis. This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced learners. However, as most of the tuition is on a one to one basis, beginners are welcome to attend as long as they have a basic knowledge of watercolour painting. All learners attending will benefit from the opportunity to share ideas and gain inspiration from more experienced artists and to practice and refine new skills.

Course tutor: Lesley Smith
Lesley Smith has been teaching in adult education for over 25 years, and is a qualified Pergamano tutor. She runs several very popular courses throughout the year at Flatford and elsewhere.

What to Bring
Watercolour paints:
Please avoid Daler Rowney Aquafine paints as they are hard to work with.

The following are essential colours for flower and plant illustration (artist quality is preferred):

Permanent rose ,Windsor violet

Scarlet Lake, Indigo, Light red

Quinacridone magenta, Cobalt blue, Ultramarine

Cadmium yellow, Lemon yellow, Yellow ochre

Burnt sienna, Burnt umber, Cadmium red,

Raw sienna, Aureolin yellow (essential for mixing good greens)

Cobalt violet, Raw umber

Brushes: You will need to bring one good paint brush size 4 and one small brush size 1 or 2 (sable if possible) If you cannot afford sable then buy a brush that points well and has as much sable content as possible. I use a size 4 Da Vinci brush series 10 (or 11) available from Jacksons catalogues or Art Van Go in Stevenage, both have websites you can buy from. I am also using Billy Showells (size 2 brush) and an eradicator, both available from her website.
Paper: Good paper makes a good painting, you can buy large sheets of good quality watercolour paper from most art shops, one sheet can be cut into 4, or bring any paper you are happy working on if you have painted before. I use Saunders Waterford 140lb Not surface paper. Some students prefer hot press paper. Bring whatever you are most happy painting on. However Bockingford is not suitable for this course as it is extremely hard to work on. I will bring some sheets of paper for sale if you are unsure.
White palettes
Water jars as the ones at the Centre are sometimes quite well used
Cotton rag or kitchen roll
A putty rubber
An H, HB or an F pencil and a sharpener
Blu-tack
Tall, sturdy containers for holding flowers while you paint, ie for lilies, gladioli etc; some oasis wrapped in cling film is useful for hanging plants
You may also require a magnifying glass as it is essential that you have good eyesight for this course.
Some flowers will be provided but if you have any flowers in your garden that you would like to paint or you think someone else would like to paint then please bring them along.
Most of the above items can be purchased online from Ken Bromley, or Jacksons.

Please note that the Centre shop does not stock art materials.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Expert tuition
Free Wi-Fi
Full board accommodation
Hot and cold drinks
In course transport
Personal and travel insurance



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  • Residential
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Wheelchair friendly

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