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Painting meadow flowers at Preston Montford

Painting meadow flowers at Preston Montford

About the Course

Use the medium of drawing and watercolour to celebrate summer by making a study of the flowers found in a Shropshire meadow. Starting with simple exercises aimed at sharpening observation skills and plant knowledge this course will lead you through basic watercolour techniques with short demonstrations in brush handling and guidance on composition. Learn how to mix the delicate hues of our wild flora from a simple range of colours. Each day will be structured to allow plenty time for developing your own response to the subject. Individual help will be offered where required making this a suitable course for both the beginner and accomplished alike.

The course will be based in the study room where a selection of plants gathered from the meadows will available to work from. For those feeling a little more adventurous there will be ample opportunity to explore the meadows around the centre to search out your own subject.
Saturday evening session will include discussion on approaches you might take in developing your own work.

Course tutor: Kate Houghton
Kate Houghton is a free-lance artist and mural painter. She has a keen interest in the role drawing can play in learning about our native flora. Kate graduated with an M. A. in Fine art from Reading University going on to be awarded a Boise Traveling Scholarship by the Slade School of Art. Fascinated by the growth forms of plants she has made this central to her discipline as an artist. Her foray into the world of Botanical Illustration won a RHS silver medal in 2007 for her collection of themed works on the structures of plants raised though one season. In 2006 Kate was commissioned by Nottingham University to produce a large scale Diptych for their department of Plant Sciences. Solo exhibitions of her paintings include ‘Force of Nature’ Lancaster Environment Centre 2011 and ‘Observations on Common Plants’ University of Oxford Botanic Garden 2013. In 2018 she completed a residency at Ruskin’s home Brantwood with an exhibition of paintings based on the native ferns growing there.

What to Bring
Pencil, HB or B. Sharpener
Couple of medium brushes suggest nos 3 and 6, one small brush no. 0 or 1. Sable are the best investment but the synthetic equivalents are good. Bring any other brushes you have.
140 lb Hot pressed or smooth watercolour paper.
A small cartridge drawing pad is useful
Watercolour paints. Student or artist quality pans or tubes. Small sets of about 8 colours are perfectly adequate and helpful in developing an understanding of colour mixing.
Watercolour mixing palette.
Kitchen towel. *
Drawing board approx 25 x 30 cms*
Masking tape.*
* these items will be available in the classroom
Useful Books (Not Essential)

Botanical Illustration for Beginners – Meriel Thurstan / Rosie Martin
How to draw Plants - Keith West
The Art of Botanical Illustration - Wilfred Blunt and William Stearn
Painting Flowers in Watercolour – Coral G. Guest
Trees – Benjamin Perkins
An Introduction to Drawing Flowers –Margaret Stevens

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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


Field Studies Council, Bishops Wood and Preston Montford
Preston Montford Field Centre
Preston Montford
Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury
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  • Residential
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users

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