Introduction to Watercolour for Botanical Subjects

Tutor: Karen Innes


Typically for a max of 10 people.

Full Day

← Back to search

During this one day workshop, Karen will use the medium of watercolour to inspire Students to start to explore the various and extensive techniques that are possible in producing a simple finished piece of botanical art.

Students will learn
– how to use close observation by studying the unique differences in the way that botanical subjects grow
– explore shape, textures, and colours

Demonstrations and examination of painted work examples will assist in turning observations and development of techniques into expressive and creative pieces of artwork.

Please note there is a max £5 material charge payable on the day.

Click on the title below to find a list of what you’ll need to bring with you if anything

What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

Please wear clothes you don't mind getting messy.

Please also bring the following if you have them. However, the outlay for PROFESSIONAL watercolours can be very expensive if you are not sure you will want to take up painting, If you'd prefer not to risk it, only very basic equipment is needed and additional colours and paper can be provided as required, and a £5 materials charge should cover these.

If you do have some materials and wish to avoid the materials charge, please bring the following:

• Any PROFESSIONAL watercolours you have
• Watercolour brushes No 3 and No 5
• Kitchen roll
• Note pad
• Pencil HB and B
• Mixing palette or old white plate for mixing paints on

“Karen is an excellent tutor. She is always very encouraging and listens to what we are trying to achieve or our ideas. It is no easy task to be attentive to all levels of skill and confidence. She always tries to offer us the opportunity to learn something new or support an individuals project. ”

– Yvonne

Related Courses

Charleston-Inspired Painted Treasure Boxes

Charleston-Inspired Painted Treasure Boxes

Fri, 29 Nov 2024

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join artist Sarah Baqai and be inspired by the work of Bloomsbury group to decorate a treasure box using a range of techniques, using Annie Sloan chalk paints. Sarah will introduce the day...


Info & Book

All Levels

5 spaces available

Drawing with Wire

Drawing with Wire

Sat, 28 Sep 2024

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come and join Helaina and make your very own art wirework. Taking inspiration from your own images/objects you will learn techniques for working with wire to create three-dimensional, wall mounted, drawings. You will...


Info & Book

All Levels

1 spaces available

View all painting courses

Your email will be used to communicate ArtisOn news, special offers, new dates etc via our quarterly email newsletter. We will not share this information with any other organisations or use it for any other purpose.