Botanic Drawing & Painting (Intermediate / Advanced)

Working from plants and flowers and other natural organic forms you will be the discipline of careful observational drawing and painting.

What The Course is About:

Botanical drawing and painting as a creative art form and a means of recording the botanical world in a scientifically accurate way. Working from real live plants to illustrate leaves, flowers, fruit and nuts, roots and root structures such as Rhizomes, corms, bulbs and other natural organic forms. You will be introduced to a discipline of careful observational drawing and painting.

Materials Required:

A notebook that can double up as a sketchbook. A5 to A4 in size and with a very smooth heavy-duty paper is best, but bring what you have and we will discuss. Only buy if you need to once you have discussed it with the tutor. Drawing paper: For a direct learning experience, plate finish Bristol Board 250gsm to 280gsm is best. A less durable and cheaper paper but with a very similar surface finish is bleed proof Layout paper 40 gsm to 70 gsm. A4 to A3 in pad size. It is not good enough for final art work but it offers a very good inexpensive smooth surface paper for practice and for a direct learning experience. Basic Artist quality (bonded) Graphite Pencils: H4, H2, H, F, HB, B2 are the only pencils you will need to start off with and possibly for the first 10 weeks. You may need to expand to a broader range during the course depending on your rate of skill acquisition OR at a later stage, but that is different for each individual. NB: Bring what you have and we will try it out and then identify what each of you need to buy extra to tap into a direct learning experience offered in this course. If you have to buy, please consider Derwent OR Faber Castel Artist Quality pencils or equivalent quality brands such as (but not limited to) Caran d'ache and STAEDTLER Mars Lumograph graphite pencils. A good quality and very sharp pencil sharpener. A kneadable eraser, (Faber Castel is best but by no means the only one out there) Continuing students may choose to work in Pen and Ink in which case in addition to the above, they will also need to acquire fine liner pens 0.05, 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 in tip size. Recommended starter sets: Staedtler 4 Pigment Liner OR Sakura Pigma Micron Fineliners. Water Colour paper for those intending to work in Water Colour. Hot Pressed 300gsm paper is best. Minimum A3 size or nearest equivalent. Lighter weight smooth (HP) paper can be used if it is in pre-stretched pad format or individual papers pre-stretched and affixed to a stable board. We will not stretch paper in class.

NOTE: Choose the best possible 100% Cotton paper and the whitest possible paper available for your budget. Paper graded NOT is in fact cold pressed and still has some surface texture and you may find this much more challenging to paint on. Light weight tracing paper will come in handy at all stages of your work. NOTE: You can draw/paint without magnification, but you will find finer detail more difficult without it and you will find drawing without it a strain on your eyes (Health warning). I recommend a good quality magnifier (x 6 to X 10 magnification as a base minimum but not restricted to this). It can be hand held, on a stand or as a table fixed gooseneck magnifier, but you will find that it reduces strain on your eyes and makes details that much more visible and drawable. Mapac plastic carrying portfolio for your work of A3 or A2 size OR suitable alternative.

Previous Experience:

The course is aimed those with previous experience in botanical drawing and painting.

End of course:

By the end of the course, you will (with practice) have: • Developed skills in line drawing and shading to express form and texture. • Composed a drawing to illustrate a botanical specimen to desired outcome. • Completed a piece of Botanical Illustration art work to a high standard • Become familiar with graphite, and/or pen & ink and/or watercolour as medium as used in botanical illustration. • Can use the course to explore botanical illustration further in their own time or proceed to formalised courses in botanical and scientific illustration.

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Starting April 2024

Class Code: 0424-12164

Price: £263.00

Location: On-Site

Tutor: Jaco Nel

From April 29th, 2024 to July 15th, 2024

Mon 14:00 - 17:00

  • 29 Apr 2024 - 14:00 to 17:00
  • 13 May 2024 - 14:00 to 17:00
  • 20 May 2024 - 14:00 to 17:00
  • 3 Jun 2024 - 14:00 to 17:00
  • 10 Jun 2024 - 14:00 to 17:00
  • 17 Jun 2024 - 14:00 to 17:00
  • 24 Jun 2024 - 14:00 to 17:00
  • 1 Jul 2024 - 14:00 to 17:00
  • 8 Jul 2024 - 14:00 to 17:00
  • 15 Jul 2024 - 14:00 to 17:00