Wonderful Ways with Watercolour for Botanical Subjects (6 x 3 hour afternoon sessions)

Tutor: Karen Innes

All Levels

Typically for a max of 8 people.

Half Day

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This is a series of six 3 hour afternoon sessions.

Dates: 17, 24, 31 Mar, 07, 28 Apr + 05 May

Join artist Karen Innes to explore the wonderful world of painting plants and flowers over 6 weeks. Learn how to express and paint their beautiful shapes, fabulous details and colours, creatively using watercolour techniques to produce a piece of finished art work. During this series of half days you will:

– Gain a brief historical insight into botanical painting
– Learn how to observe closely and investigate botanical subjects
– Learn how to lay out a piece of subject matter for impact
– Learn techniques used in watercolour and gouache painting
– Use specific techniques such as mixing greens and use of tonal values

Explore the processes of selecting your subject, drawing up and layout of a design for your piece, practice and develop your painting techniques as you work to complete your botanical artwork. You will begin to observe plant materials and use pencil drawing to understand the way that plants grow and identify their unique textures, shapes, and linear qualities and patterning. You will have practice in using water colour, setting up a work sheet. The focus will be on each individual’s development – building on skills in order to produce a finished piece of art work. You will review the previous week’s outcomes before moving on to the use of composition to create an exciting finished piece of artwork. Karen will be on hand to advise and give guidance and feedback throughout.

Please note there is a £5 material charge.

Click on the title below to find a list of what you’ll need to bring with you if anything.
***Please note that tuition and refreshments only are included in the cost of this workshop and not lunch***

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.

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-session break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. All refreshments are included.

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.

What you’ll need to bring with you

There will be some materials and equipment available to borrow.
However participants should bring their own core materials as follows.

• X3 magnifying glass (easily obtained from a optician or ordered online)
• Pencils HB and 2B
• Putty rubber
• Sketch book
• Paint brushes (preferably sable) sizes 5, 3, 1.
• The following colours of Artists Quality Watercolour Paints used:

Transparent Yellow
New Gamboge
Burnt Sienna
French Ultra Marine
Cobalt Blue
Windsor Blue Green Shade
Windsor Red
Quinacridone Magenta
Permanent Rose
Burnt Umber

If you would like to purchase any of this at cost from Karen on the day, please let us know.

Please feel free to bring botanical plant material that appeals to you.

Please note there is a small charge of £5 to cover papers and other supplies used during the course, where the type and quality selected are really important.

“The opportunity to relax and explore watercolours with friends. That everything about the structure of the day is designed to be low stress, comfortable, and welcoming.”

– Jan

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