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Botanic Drawing & Painting (Beginners to Intermediate)

This is a course in Botanical Illustration is for the beginner to intermediate Botanical illustrator and continuing students of botanical art and illustration.

What The Course is About:

For beginners, the course will start with basic principles of drawing using graphite pencils. It will be the foundation for when we move on to pen and ink and then to water colour painting. Continuing students will benefit from picking up where we left off last semester. We will cover: 1. The botanical world through line, form and shading 2. Look at the basic forms that makes up plants, bulbs, flowers and seed heads 3. We will explore these forms through the way light and shade wraps the surface and help define them 4. We will look at and practice skills with graphite based pencils to add texture to these shapes and forms in order to better illustrate the specific flower species you will work on. 5. We will cover basic but necessary botany to empower the student to draw with confidence 6. We will also look at layout and composition in the making of an illustration 7. We will also do line drawings and diagrams supporting botanical illustration 8. will progress to pen and ink drawing and where there is interest explore it more fully 9. And finally, we will progress to water colour illustration of botanical subjects

Materials Required:

What to bring to the first session? Graphite pencils(2H, H, HB, B1 & B2 and B4). Traditional pencil + a sharpener OR a Technical drawing pencil. Get the very best you can afford. Quality of material makes a difference. Putty Rubber/Eraser (best is grey coloured Faber Castel Art rubber & standard/plastic rubber) A small soft brush or clean feather (to brush your paper / drawing) to remove impurities. A sketch book for notes and practice and plant studies (A5 or A4 will suffice) Paper for graphite and Pen & Ink: A3 Bristol board - 250g/m2 minimum weight or heavier Other: A magnifying glass – preferably an Adjustable Hands Free goose neck magnifier as used by embroiders OR a watchmaker “Head fitted Magnifier” as used by jewellers, watch makers Prices start at around £5.00 – we will discuss in lesson 1 to allow you to buy for week 2 or 3. Some stores also sell hand held £1.00 magnifiers which is a very accessible and cost effective beginners’ item. NOTE: You can draw without magnification, but you will find finer detail more difficult without and a strain on your eyes and comes with a health and Safety warning Mapac plastic carrying portfolio for your work - say A3 or A2 size. OR suitable alternative.

Previous Experience:

This is a course in Botanical Illustration is for the beginner to intermediate Botanical illustrator and continuing students of botanical art and illustration.

End of course:

What will I achieve? By the end of the course you will: 1. Understand line and shading in drawing. 2. Compose a drawing to illustrate a botanical specimen to desired outcome. 3. Become familiar with graphite as a medium as used in botanical illustration 4. Become familiar with pen and ink as a medium as used in botanical illustration 5. he continuing students can progress to water colours as a medium as used in botanical illustration 6. Can use the course to explore botanical illustration further in their own time

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Starting April 2021

Class Code: 0421-10026

Price: £229.00

Location: Off-Site

Tutor: Jaco Nel

From April 26th, 2021 to July 12th, 2021

Mon 10:00 - 13:00

  • 26 Apr 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00
  • 3 May 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00
  • 10 May 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00
  • 17 May 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00
  • 24 May 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00
  • 7 Jun 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00
  • 14 Jun 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00
  • 21 Jun 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00
  • 28 Jun 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00
  • 5 Jul 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00
  • 12 Jul 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00

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