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.
On Saturday, will focus on techniques using graphite and ink. We won't use colour pencils this time. On Sunday we'll spend time with watercolour paints and colour work.
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.
Example art works from Lesley Alexander:
Drawing for Beginners; Portrait Drawing; Children's Book Illustration; Watercolour Painting