An introductory botanical illustration course suitable for complete beginners and those with a little experience. Working with specimens from the garden, create accurate botanical studies with guidance from professional botanical art tutor Leigh Ann Gale.
Leigh Ann will lead you step-by-step through a series of structured exercises including accurate observation, composition, perspective and basic botany. There will also be an opportunity to practise more advanced techniques using watercolour painting, pen and ink and colour pencils.
You will need to provide your own cartridge paper and pencils (2H or H) for drawing, and watercolours and brushes for painting. You will also need some hot-pressed paper for painting however, this may also be purchased from Leigh Ann at a small additional cost (usually 50p – £1 depending on size). You may prefer to bring ink pens and/or coloured pencils with you instead or as well as paints. Please also bring tracing paper if you have it.
Leigh Ann Gale trained at The English Gardening School, Chelsea Physic Garden, and since graduating in 2004 has become a Fellow of the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society and an RHS medallist. Her work is featured in The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, USA and included in many private collections both in the UK and abroad. As well as painting, Leigh Ann now teaches botanical art throughout Sussex, Surrey and south east London.
For more information visit www.la-botanicalart.co.uk
Cost: £160 – to include tea and cake.
Dates: 13, 20 and 27 June, then 11 July 2017
4-session course: TUESDAY AFTERNOONS: 1.30pm – 4.30pm