Botanical Art for Beginners

Next start date 20th January 2020. Cost £400

Two places available on this course - new videos available. 

Do you want to learn to paint botanicals but don't know where to start?

Perhaps you've a complete beginner or have done a few basic tutorials ands need some exercises with tutor feedback? Do you want  to work at a pace that suits you? If so this new course could be the course for you.

Is this Course Right for You?

​This course assumes no knowledge whatsoever, the simple aim is to to get you painting and to build your confidence by providing tutor support and constructive feedback! It also aims to demystify some of the 'rules' surrounding botanical art.

What is Covered in this Course?

  • You will learn the basics in understanding and using materials and the work environment

  • Fundamentals of drawing: how to measure and about perspective

  • How to transfer a drawing

  • Lighting and set up

  • Understanding the tonal values 

  • Learn the watercolour techniques, wet-in-wet, washes, glazes, dry brush and detail

  • Colour mixing: with a limited palette and identifying the colours in a subject

  • Maintaining highlights, about form shadows

  • Texture and detail

  • Troubleshooting: such as, ragged edges, over painting, how to avoid flat heavy paint  and repairing mistakes etc.

 

Course Materials and Assignments

The Course has 6 tutor assessed assignments delivered as PDF worksheets with videos. There are over 30 videos on different subjects and topics to assist your learning. I personally edit student work digitally to show where changes can be made as part of the feedback.

Course Parts are as Follows:

  • Introduction with watercolour techniques

  • Part 1. Fruit

  • Part 2. Flowers

  • Part 3. Leaves

  • Part 4. Vegetables

  • Part 5. Mixed Composition

  • Part 6. Botanical Illustration 

Feedback

You will receive a written personal critique. Turn-a-round time is approximate 3 - 4 weeks unless you submit very late, in which case work will still be assessed but my take longer.

Your work will be digitally edited and annotated to show you where and how you can make improvements.​

How much time will you need to spend per week on this course?

Around 5-6 hours per week will allow you to complete this course but the more time that you can dedicate the better

 

What materials will you need for this course?

Download a suggested materials list here. These are fairly standard materials and more advice will be provided in advance of the course start date.

What happens after registration?

Passwords and introductory information will be emailed to registered students 2 weeks to10 days before the course start date. You will also be sent a registration form.

The course will take approximately 10 - 12 months to complete and you will have access to materials for up to 2 years.

To Register:

  • Click the Paypal button, you will be redirected to Paypal, the account is in the name Picturehouse. You will have the option of paying via a Paypal account or by credit /debit card.

  • If someone else paid for you, could also send me an email to confirm who is taking the course.

  • If you wish to pay in 2 installments this must be complete before the course start date you will need to send and email request to do so.

email: info@botanicalart-online.com

Please read the Terms & Conditions before registering for a course

 

Once registered you will receive an email confirmation of your place, within 24 hours. You will be contacted 1- 2 weeks before the start date with log in details. Places are limited so book early!

Six tutor assessed assignments, based on a range of readily available subjects. Just choose 2 per assignment. A simple 4 step approach is used for most subjects

Examples of Materials

Screen capture from Part 1 Fruit

Watch a free extract from a course video

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