The Slow and Mindful Art
study botanical art online with Elaine Searle

Can’t easily attend classes, yet long to study botanical art?

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For several years I have offered a Foundation course in botanical art delivered online. Students have come from Australasia, Europe, India, Japan, North and South America, South Africa, UAE and the UK.

Many have found this a good way to get started. The course does require commitment to some regular practice, but being self-paced is ideal for those who work, or have family, travel or health commitments that rule out classroom based learning.
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  • I thoroughly enjoyed completing Elaine's Foundation Course. Being set at my own pace allowed me to work to my optimum ability, for me this was done at a slower pace.

    I found the videos very clear and informative and could be watched as many times as I needed. The detailed content on each topic along with completing the corresponding exercises really helped prepare me for the assignments.

    The positive constructive feedback Elaine gave encouraged me and enhanced my work by putting into practice her suggestions. The course exceeded my expectations both in enjoyment and the amount of improvement in my existing skills and newly learnt techniques.
    G. Grindley May 2017
Sample one of the course videos
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1-year online foundation course

for beginners or near-beginners

enrol and start at anytime, work at your own pace, take a study break when needed
covers the fundamentals of materials, drawing and watercolour techniques for botanical art
includes nine videos
thirteen self-paced assignments each with written feedback
six personal skype sessions included

NEW for 2018. online short courses

I have been asked many times for shorter online courses, on specific themes. One frequently requested being composition.
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Themes such as Composition, Delicate Whites, Dramatic Darks etc

for intermediate botanical artists

£300 each
available from Jan 2018. Enrol and start anytime
each course has a dedicated video and an assignment
written feedback to assignment
includes 1 Skype session

NEW for 2018. A mentoring service

Rather than more tuition, some seek a 'trusted voice’. The guidance of an experienced botanical artist, working in strictest confidence 1-2-1.

The scope is broad…through mentoring you could set goals, obtain objective feedback, develop a new direction, plan effective marketing or overcome a creative block.
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confidential advice and support

for all levels

£40 p/h
available from Jan 2018
artistic development, goal setting, portfolio reviews, marketing etc
via Skype or email as appropriate
estimates provided in advance