About the Course
Spend four days at Flatford Mill, learning the art of botanical illustration from artist and tutor Janie Pirie.
Discover the wonderful world of coloured pencils and learn how to create rich and colourful drawings of all things botanical - flowers, fruit and vegetables - all without adding water to the painting! This course is for all levels of ability and is designed to show the simplicity and the effectiveness of using wax and oil based coloured pencils (not watercolour pencils) to create beautiful botanical drawings. During the course we will dedicate time to the actual drawing of the chosen subject, the composition of the picture and the basics of using coloured pencils. This will include: - Proportions - How to make the subject 'interesting' - Using coloured pencils correctly - Learning how to blend colours - How to create different textures and surface areas - How to make the subject look 'real'. We will also look at paper types and the way the pencils behave on them, together with other 'aids' useful to the coloured pencil artist.
Janie Pirie is one of the leading coloured pencil artists in the UK. She is member of the Society of Botanical Artists and has been awarded their Gold Medal for her work.
Bring a friend! If you are attending a course at Flatford Mill at the sole occupancy price, we are offering a special rate for a friend or partner not enrolled on the course to also stay at £50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast. Please get in touch directly to book this offer.
Flatford Mill lies at the heart of the Dedham Vale, on the banks of the River Stour near the Suffolk-Essex border. The Centre buildings, particularly the Mill and Willy Lott’s House, are instantly recognisable since they feature in many paintings by John Constable. The rich mosaic of lowland landscapes, wildlife habitats and places of historic interest are all reflected in our extensive programme of courses.
The Centre is located between Colchester and Ipswich and is about 10 miles from each, approximately 2 miles from the A12.
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What's included in the price?
The fee also includes accommodation in your own room. Please enquire about the fees for shared room occupancy as well as non-residential rates (tuition only).
Up to 9 hours of tuition a day
Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day
Use of resources including library, workrooms, studios and the Centre grounds.
If you would like accommodation, full board accommodation includes a cooked breakfast, picnic lunch, home made cakes and an evening meal.
Please check the course brochure on our website for more details of what you should bring.
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