Friday, 23 August 2013

Botanical Art & Natural History Drawing & Painting Courses 2013 - 2014

As the new term is getting ever nearer, I thought that I would give an overview of the courses and workshops that I teach at Peter Symonds College AHED in Winchester.

Starting Monday 30th September 2013 - 10 week course
Time: 15:00 - 17:00

This course is suitable for students that have already attended either part of or all of the first year of the Botanical Art course.  It is also appropriate for those who have some experience in observational drawing and the use of watercolours.

Students do not have to attend the whole year and each term is taught as an individual unit.  Therefore within each term we cover subjects such as: detailed drawing methods, recognising and applying tone, colour-mixing and colour theory, paint application techniques and those techniques that are particular to a specific plant family or species.

For the Autumn term we will be: studying a tree of personal choice and completing studies of its bark, leaves, fruits, seeds etc.  We will also be learning how to draw fungi and lichen, as well as painting autumnal leaves with acrylic inks.


Starting Tuesday 1st October 2013 - 10 week course  BOTANICAL ART: DRAWING & PAINTING TECHNIQUES - Beginners.  Time: 17:15 - 19:15

This course is suitable to those that are new to drawing and painting plants and flowers.  During the first term the emphasis will be on building up our knowledge and skills of observational drawing, accurate depiction of tone, using different shading techniques, understanding the fundamentals of colour-mixing, creating naturalistic greens, how to compose a botanical picture and starting to understand the structure of botanical subjects.

Starting Wednesday 2nd October 2013 - 8 week course

Time:  19:00 - 21:00

This course covers a wide range of subject matter and the main focus is on depicting natural objects in a detailed and accurate manner.  As with the Botanical Art courses we start with observational drawing, depicting tone and build up to applying colour. 

A range of media is also used.  You may start off using pencil, but there is also the opportunity to use pen and ink, as well as mixed media techniques.

Subject matter can be feathers, butterflies and other insects, drawing birds, stones and shells and even antlers and horns !

For further information and to book a place on any of the courses please go to:

There are also Saturday workshops available at Peter Symonds AHED
For a full list, see my website:

1 comment :

  1. Great to hear the new term will be keeping you busy and out of mischief. Ha, ha. x


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