Love plants? Have a favourite you want to sketch? This workshop is an introduction to plant illustrations and is ideal for anyone interested in drawing and painting the botanical world. The course is held onsite at Selwyn Community Education both day. Bring your own materials. More information below course dates.
After a brief look at the history and contemporary development of botanical illustration, some basic plant anatomy will be explored. Flower structures and leaf shapes will be examined with the 'naked eye' as well as under a microscope. Exercises on observational drawing will be set, encouraging you to experiment with a range of drawing tools, such as pencils, ink, pens and water colours. Sandra Morris studied botanical and wildlife illustration at Newcastle University, NSW, Australia and was visiting artist at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manurewa for six weeks in January 2013.
On Saturday, will focus on the techniques of stick and ink and coloured pencil. On Sunday we'll spend time with watercolour paints and take some time around the school grounds drawing from real life.
Botanists, students, anyone keen on gardening, artists looking for a new form of expression.
A materials list will be sent upon enrolment and will include the following:
Bring a water bottle and a packed lunch each day.
Image from June 2016 Botanical Painting course:
Drawing for Beginners; Portrait Drawing; Children's Book Illustration; Watercolour Painting