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Observing Structural Details

with Vicki Thomas

18th – 20th November 2019

Two places are still available on this course.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to be taught by one of the world’s best contemporary botanical artists here in London.

Saturday 9th November, 2019

Botanical artwork that looks alive is surprisingly dependent on the artist’s understanding of how the plant feeds itself.  This three-day workshop will concentrate on how to avoid common structural errors and to look at the various ways of drawing and painting the often-overlooked small details with the object of improving vivacity in artwork.

Similar to our anatomy, the plant’s unseen internal vascular system allows the sap to flow from the roots to all parts of the plant, creating and strengthening its architecture along the way and determining the way the plant holds its leaves and flowers. 

For example, the parts where stems divide, how the leaves grow from the nodes, the direction and shape of thorns, the shape of the pedicel as it joins the calyx can all be important and unique structural indicators of the plant depicted.  

Vicki has work published in many scientific journals, including Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and Flowering Plants of South Africa. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery and the Hunt Institute, and also form part of the Highgrove and Transylvanian Florilegia.  She teaches botanical art at the Universities of Cape Town (Summer school) and Stellenbosch (Hons. Illustration), in South Africa.

This course is suitable for intermediate to advanced level botanical artists.

Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 3.45pm, £450 including a light lunch

Three Dimensional Effect

Beverly Allen

2nd – 4th December 2019

Working with an interesting and appropriate subject, this three-day workshop will offer an insight into Beverly’s approach to creating a three dimensional effect in a painting. It will focus on close observation of the subtle changes of colour in light and shade which can enhance the form.

Discussion of techniques of mixing and layering of colours will be accompanied by demonstrations of appropriate watercolour techniques from initial washes through to dry brush ‘finishing’ and individual attention. 

There will be an emphasis on the finer details that bring a botanical painting to life.

Beverly has been exhibiting in Australia and internationally since 1999. Her work is held in the Shirley Sherwood Collection and the Isaac and Alisa Sutton Collection, and at the Hunt Institute, Kew Gardens Library, the Lindley Library, the Highgrove and Transylvanian Florilegia and at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney where she is co-founder and president of their Florilegium Society.  

Beverly has taught workshops at the RBG Sydney and internationally since 2004. She holds Gold Medals from the RHS and the New York Botanic Gardens and the ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award in 2016.

This course is suitable for intermediate to advanced level botanical artists.

Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 3.45pm, £450 including a light lunch

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