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. Both days will be held onsite, with a focus on different media. 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 6 weeks in January 2013.
On Saturday, you will learn techniques of stick and ink, coloured pencil and pen stipple and Sunday will focus on watercolours.
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