2017 SHORT COURSES
Depth in Detail – Elaine Searle
3 – 7 April 2017
Step a little outside your comfort zone and tackle a ‘spatially layered’ composition. Learn when and how to manipulate colour, contrast and level of detail to enhance focus and depth.
To get the most out of this intensive five-day workshop, it is suggested that each participant brings a specimen and drawings of it. Guidance notes will be issued in advance to help you prepare. Class exercises will also be undertaken to reinforce the basic principles.
£750 including VAT and light lunch
Japanese Ink Painting and Watercolour – Early Summer Flowers with Talia LeHavi
13 – 15 June 2017
Using Japanese brushes and ink on paper, students will experience the appeal of seemingly ‘effortless’ minimalistic strokes to suggest the beauty found in early summer flowers.
Talia will introduce tools and materials, history and technique through demonstrations and will work with each student to reflect the magic in nature by means of this ancient tradition.
£360 including light lunch, VAT and usage of quality tools and materials
First steps in Botanical Art – Elaine Searle
20 – 22 September 2017
Do you love flowers? Who can resist the cheerful colours and heavy perfume of freesia? Learn to observe, draw and paint cut flowers in this ‘step by step’ format 3-day workshop. An ideal introduction to the basic materials and techniques for creating botanical watercolours.
Demonstrations and individual guidance will cover the importance of close observation, how to create realistic 3D form, the principles and properties of watercolour, when and how to add detail. The aim will be for you to create a small botanical painting to take home.
Elaine’s relaxed and nurturing teaching style creates a relaxed and supportive learning atmosphere, ideal for the first timer. Lose the fear and get started.
£450 including VAT and light lunch
PREVIOUS SHORT COURSES
NB the courses below have been offered previously and are no longer applicable
Beginning with Fruit – Elaine Searle
Suitable for the complete novice, those who lack confidence or need a ‘back to basics’ refresher.
Fruits are ideal study subjects when learning to create form, mix colours and paint surface textures. This four-day workshop introduces the basic techniques and materials for creating botanical watercolours.
Structured in a step-by-step format, with demonstrations and individual guidance, Elaine’s ‘no fuss, no fear’ approach creates a relaxed and supportive learning atmosphere, ideal for the first timer.
Coloured Pencil Workshop: Summer Blossoms – Josephine Edwards
Suitable for beginners in coloured pencil as well as the more experienced
This 3-day workshop will introduce you to the delicate approach of using this exciting but readily controllable medium.
Josephine Edwards, a venerable and long-standing artist of the prestigious Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium, will instruct you on the fundamentals of coloured pencil techniques. Through demonstrations and individual tuition you will explore texture and colour to produce a series of summer flower cameos, leaves or seed heads.
Workshop: Complex Blooms and Deep Colours – Gael Sellwood
For the near beginner or more experienced artist
Two challenging subjects for the botanical painter are complex, multi-petal blooms and obtaining deep, rich colours. This workshop tackles both, with opportunities to develop new skills or refine existing ones.
Through group discussion, individual tuition, demonstrations and examples of work, Gael will help you attain a higher level in watercolour using sumptuous summer flowers as our subjects.
Beginning with Bulbs – Elaine Searle
Suitable for the complete novice, those who lack confidence or need a ‘back to basics’ refresher
Spring flowering bulbs explode with colour to pierce the winter gloom. Join this 4-day beginner’s workshop and Elaine will demonstrate and guide you through all the basic techniques of botanical painting.
Elaine’s ‘no fuss, no fear’ approach creates a relaxed and supportive learning atmosphere, ideal for the first timer.
Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink – Lucy T Smith
For intermediate and experienced artists. Limited to 12 participants.
Creating botanical studies in pen and ink can be both exacting and rewarding. Having produced hundreds of pen and ink botanical illustrations for publication, Lucy Smith knows full well the potential and pitfalls of the pen and ink technique. On this course you will study the techniques of pen and ink with an emphasis on good drawing, seeing in tone, and developing your pen handling skills. Discover which technique best suits your style and bring your botanical subject to life with graceful lines, attention to detail and subtle shading.
‘First Steps’ Nature Table – Elaine Searle
Don’t be daunted! Join Elaine Searle to explore the colours and textures of autumn on a ‘First Steps’ basis. Using leaves, seedpods and other autumn treasures, Elaine will demonstrate the basic watercolour techniques used in Botanical Art and guide you through painting exercises toward your first ’Nature Table’ study sheet.
Masterclass: Colour with Rosie Sanders
Few botanical artists can command the complexity, sensual depth and transparency of colour in their paintings, as does Rosie Sanders. This exclusive and new CSBA 3-day master-class will guide experienced painters into an exploration of red, blue, white and yellow.
Rosie will share some of her (often non-conventional) techniques of colour preparation and application, taking us well out of our comfort zone in order to reach a new level of strength and confidence to our work.
For intermediate and experienced artists. Limited to 12 participants.
From good to great! – Elaine Searle
A 5-day workshop for intermediate botanical painters who have mastered the basic techniques and would like to move their work confidently to a new level.
Learn how to make your botanical art ‘lift off the paper’. This broad-based workshop will cover the interdependent roles that finesse with composition, tonal value, colour, texture and detail play in enhancing the perception of form and depth in a botanical painting.
Lose the fear and get started – Elaine Searle
Watercolour painting of botanical subjects may seem complex and daunting. This supportive and well structured workshop will introduce you to the basics. Using a simple subject, demonstrations and painting exercises you will learn the best way to get started. Be careful… even the most nervous novice can become hooked!
Tablet Computers – the artist’s friend or foe? – Elaine Searle
This 1 day seminar looks objectively at the role of the iPad or similar devices as a tool for the botanical artist. Looking at the plusses and common pitfalls we will examine the various support roles that the digital device can play – from photography to reference and give an overview of the most interesting apps available.
Beginning with Spring – Elaine Searle
Leave winter behind with this 4-day beginners workshop in botanical painting – our subject will be fresh spring flowers. Elaine will demonstrate and guide you through all the basic techniques and her ‘no fuss, no fear’ approach creates a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.
Drawing to Think: Drawn to See – Sarah Simblet
Four intensive days of experimental drawing with artist Sarah Simblet. This course explores diverse ways of thinking about, seeing and understanding plants.
Practical sessions will include the use of pen and ink, large scale brush work, charcoal, building paper models and drawing plants from memory, imagination and from life, while daily illustrated talks will look at the meaning and making of a rich selection of historical and contemporary fine art and botanical drawings. Sarah will also show a portfolio of her drawings made for ‘Botany for the Artist’ and ‘The New Sylva’.
Masterclass: Roses with Christabel King
All artists aim to master the art of drawing and painting roses and this course provides the ideal opportunity for painters with some experience and the competent. The wide variety of types of roses offer drawing and painting subjects to suit all tastes, from the wild species through garden hybrids to the highly bred perfection of florists’ hybrid tea roses. Working on techniques at all stages of a painting, with demonstrations by Christabel, from the designing stage and preliminary sketches you will work towards a finely finished result.