Short Couses

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12–15 February 2018

Beginning with Hellebores

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Suitable for the complete novice, those who lack confidence or need a 'back to basics' refresher

Hellebores can cheer up the gloomiest winter. Capture their unique character by producing a small watercolour study sheet. Using a step-by-step format with demonstrations and individual guidance you will gain insight into how to approach their nodding blooms, emerging buds and dark leathery leaves.

This four-day workshop introduces the basic techniques and materials for creating botanical watercolours. Topics will include accurate drawing, creating form, delicate washes for whites and mixing interesting darks.

Elaine’s ‘no fuss, no fear’ approach creates a relaxed and supportive learning atmosphere, ideal for the first timer.

£600 including VAT and light lunch

9–12 April 2018

Focus on Leafy Character

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Suitable for intermediate painters who wish to bring life to their leaf painting
For many botanical artists, creating realism in leaves may be daunting. Some dread painting leaves so much that they will always compromise compositions by reducing the numbers to be painted.
You can break through this pain barrier and reduce the panic by adopting a more systematic approach.

During this 4 day workshop you will seek out what gives specific leaves their character. Through exercises and demonstrations covering lighting, back to basics colour mixing and portraying reflectivity/texture you can discover to how bring them to life.

Let your leaves reveal their true character. Join me and lose the fear.

£600 including VAT and light lunch

17–20 April 2018

Beginning with Anenomes

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Suitable for the complete novice, those who lack confidence or need a 'back to basics' refresher

Anenomes put on a bold Spring show. Create a small watercolour study sheet to describe their classic bowl-shaped blooms, feathery leaves, jewel like colours and subtle shades of white. Demonstrations and individual guidance will help to build your confidence.

During this 4-day workshop you will learn the basic techniques for creating botanical watercolours. Topics will include accurate drawing, seeing and painting form with washes and choosing and using the best materials.

Elaine’s ‘no fuss, no fear’ approach creates a relaxed and supportive learning atmosphere, ideal for the first timer.

£600 including VAT and light lunch