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Painting Holidays
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Visit one of England's most unspoilt regions.
Just 12 places are available on this very special NON-RESIDENTIAL botanical painting holiday.

We shall draw and paint stone fruit such as plums and gages from local orchards. Two half day excursions will be included as will all lunches and a welcome dinner. Accommodation to suit most budgets can be arranged.

2015 Umbria Painting Holiday
Week 1 Fri 22nd May - Fri 29th May 2015
Week 2 Fri 29th May - Fri 5th June 2015

This year both our 2014 dates were filled by the end of January. I hate having to turn people away. Avoid disappointment, register your interest for our 2015 holiday course and be the first to receive full details when they become available later this year.
Remember each week is independent but you can also book a two week holiday at a small discount. The subject matter covered each week will be different.

Courses in London

I have been invited by Helen Allen, Principal of Chelsea School of Botanical Art to teach on the 2014 Short Course programme. The school is based at Chelsea Physic Garden.

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July 14-18
From Good to Great!
A 5-Day workshop for intermediates
who have mastered the basic techniques and would like to move their work confidently to a new level.  Learn how to make your botanical art 'lift off the paper'. This broad-based workshop will cover the interdependent roles that finesse with composition, tonal value, colour, texture and detail play in enhancing the perception of form and depth in a botanical painting.

September 1-3
Lose the Fear and Get Started
A 3-Day workshop for beginners
Watercolour painting of botanical subjects may seem complex and daunting. This supportive and well structured workshop will introduce you to the basics. Using a simple subject, demonstrations and painting exercises you will learn the best way to get started. Be careful...even the most nervous novice can get hooked!

September 4
Tablet Computers – the Artists Friend or Foe?
A 1 day seminar suitable for all levels
We will look objectively at the role of the iPad or similar devices as a tool for the botanical artist. Covering the plusses and common pitfalls we will examine the various support roles that the digital device can play – from photography to reference and give an overview of the most interesting apps available.
NEW for 2014 Supported Distance Learning
This unique, self-paced distance learning course already has students enrolled from UK, Europe, USA, Africa and Australia. It is currently being revised and updated.
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When re-launched later this year it will feature:
• e-learning via secure website delivery system
• more videos, updated content and interactive elements
• 1-2-1 Coaching/support via webcam and SKYPE
• an option to expand your study towards gaining a Diploma

Those already enrolled will receive an upgrade to the revised course at no extra charge
The Skype 'S' is a trade markof Skype and Elaine Searle is not affiliated, sponsored, authorised or otherwise associated by/with the Skype group of companies.”

About Me
I am a botanical artist and tutor living in North Norfolk in the East of England. Since graduating in 2004 from a Diploma in Botanical Painting (distinction) I have divided my time between teaching and painting. I am a member of The American Society of Botanical Artists and a supporting member of The Dutch Society of Botanical Artists.
What do I offer?
  • Commissioned art
  • Group and 1-2-1 tuition - all levels
  • Distance learning tuition
  • Painting holidays
  • Workshops