Drawing and Painting Moths and Butterflies in Watercolour and Gouache at Slapton Ley



This course is suitable for all levels of experience, including those new to drawing and painting. Structured teaching, plus demonstrations, group and individual tuition will enable you to explore the marvellous world of Lepidoptera, using pencil, watercolour and gouache. We will be working with set and pinned specimens and the workshop will be supplemented by support from enthusiastic and knowledgeable Field Studies Council staff and volunteers. There will be a strong emphasis on supportive encouragement, making new friends and immersing yourself in the intriguing world of moths and butterflies. Weather conditions (and staff availability) permitting, we may be able to set up moth traps one evening, with a review (and release) the following morning. About the Tutor: Dawn Wright Dawn Wright studied Botanical Illustration for 3 years at Leicester College and has been teaching botanical art and natural history for a number of years, including at Nottingham Trent University and Wildlife Trusts. She is a Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists and a member of several UK and international botanical art societies. Dawn enjoys introducing students to drawing and painting the natural world and is enthusiastic about raising the profile of this genre. She holds a small collection of (predominantly) British moths and butterflies, and enjoys recreating the colours and delicate textures. What to Bring. - Watercolour Paints Artists’ quality preferred, recommend Winsor & Newton as can be purchased easily from high street stores or on-line art retailers such as Jackson’s, Ken Bromley, SAA, Cass Art. Transparent Yellow Indian Yellow Transparent Orange Permanent Alizarin Crimson or Permanent Carmine Permanent Rose Quinacridone Red Winsor Violet Dioxazine Winsor Blue Red Shade or Pthalo (Pthalocyanine) Blue Red Shade Winsor Blue Green Shade Or Pthalo (Pthalocyanine) Blue Green Shade Burnt Umber White Gouache - Brushes I use sable ‘pointed round’ brushes. My favourite brand is Raphael Series 8408. These can be purchased from Jackson’s Art or Hobby Heaven (Avoid purchasing these fromGreat Art as there have been delays recently with deliveries) Sizes 4, 2 and 0. I use 2 brushes of the same size at the same time, one to hold water and one to hold paint – by doing this I am not diluting my paint. Whether you choose sable, sable/synthetic or synthetic, your brushes should go into a lovely sharp point. Please do not bring rigger brushes. A small synthetic ‘flat’ brush is useful for sharpening edges - Paper Good quality, hot press paper, white, minimum weight 140lb (300gsm). Paper can be bought by single sheet or in pads or gummed blocks. A couple of full sheets would be sufficient as they can be cut down to fit your final composition. The paper should be kept flat, not rolled. Please do not bring ‘rough’ paper, as fine detail is not achievable I use Arches Hot Pressed and Fluid 100, both 140lbs An alternative would be Daler Rowney The Langton Prestige smooth paper, or your preferred paper which you enjoy working on. - Other Equipment Sketchbook: smooth, white paper. I can recommend Daler Rowney Ebony Spiral sketchbook. Min size A4, White palettes or white plates – ceramic Pencils – 2H, HB Cotton rag/kitchen roll Kneadable/putty rubber AND a plastic eraser Tracing paper Hand-held magnifying lens, if you have one Travel lamp/daylight lamp – bring with you if you have one, but don’t buy specifically for this course Craft knife A piece of fine grade sand paper Notebook – for all the tips and knowledge you’re going to acquire About Slapton Ley Please be aware that you are visiting a Field Centre that caters in the main for school parties; the accommodation is basic and dormitory style, but warm and comfortable. The price is for sole occupancy accommodation. Shared accommodation and non-resident prices are available.

What's included in the price?

Free Wi-Fi Full Board Accommodation Hot and Cold Drinks Picnic Lunch Full board accommodation and picnic lunch are for resident bookings only.


4 days (5:01pm to 3:01pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Residential
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Public transport
  • UK Holiday
  • Intermediate level
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Slapton Ley Field Centre, Sands Road, Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2QP