Wildlife or Botanical Illustration Days with Simon Williams: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Penrith and Ullswater

Duration: One day

Price: £75

Run by: Annie Swarbrick
at Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

01768 483984

Greystoke Cycle Cafe
CA11 0UT

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About the Course

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Wildlife or Botanical Illustration Days with Simon Williams SBA using Watercolours and / or Gouache

Botanical and Wildlife illustration is demonstrated on each day - students may choose which they wish to focus on.

A highly accomplished artist and teacher in both botanical and wildlife illustration Simon is now director of the SBA Distance Learning Programme. This course is suitable for all levels

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. Travelling from his Somerset home, Simon is an extremely popular course tutor for the SBA distance learning course.

Botanical or Wildlife Illustration in Watercolours (Gouache optional)
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 practising colour mixing is the best way to progress and be able to look and know instinctively which colours to mix.

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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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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

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