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Botanical illustration

Botanical illustration


All courses are suspended at this time and revised details will be published shortly

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Botanical illustration – two day practical course

Course Leader – Bridget Gillespie

Tuesday and Wednesday  19th and 20th May

Tuesday and Wednesday 23rd and  24th June

Tuesday and Wednesday July 21st and 22nd July

Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd August

Tuesday and Wednesday 15th and 16th September

All courses run from 10am to 4pm

Botanical illustration is the art of depicting plant forms accurately, to capture their particular characteristics and to aid identification. Helmsley Walled Garden is rich in plant material for subjects to use. The course will include demonstration and individual tuition covering drawing techniques, composition and colour mixing. Anyone wishing to attend a series of courses to improve their skills and confidence are most welcome.

We will be working in watercolour. Please feel free to bring your own selection, but you may find the following list useful as plant depiction often needs colours not always found in standard sets. ‘Artists Colours’ are usually better quality and try to avoid ready-made greens as it is much better to mix your own.

BLUES:         Ultramarine, Cobalt, Cerulean, Indigo (artist’s quality as it is blue not grey)

YELLOWS:    Aureolin, Winsor, Lemon, Cadmium, Yellow Ochre

REDS:          Scarlet Lake, Quinacridone Red, Cadmium Red

PINKS:          Permanent Rose

BROWNS:     Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber

PAPER:        Up to A2, good quality i.e. 140lb Hot Pressed or Not surface. Sketch and tracing paper

BOARD:        A2 maximum

BRUSHES:    A selection of sizes from 1 to 7 with good points, sable if possible

PENCILS:      A selection from 2H to 2B

SUNDRY:      Sharpener, eraser/putty rubber, water pot, kitchen towel, magnifying glass, masking tape

Delicious snacks and lunches may be purchased from the Vine House Café. The Orchid House is heated and ventilated but come prepared with layers. You may wish to bring a cushion for added comfort.

Deposit:   A non-returnable deposit of £15 is requested on booking. Balance due on attendance

Maximum number of ten people per course

Cost per participant per course £95

To book contact Bridget through her Facebook page or email her at bridget.gillespie@btinternet.com