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Autumn Plants in Watercolour

Fri 27 - Mon 30 Oct 2017

KC Arts c Sarah Morrish (19)

Image: Nicola Hawkins

Explore the rich colours and varied forms of autumnal berries, fruits, seed heads and flowers in this botanical painting workshop.

This course will encourage you to study and appreciate the variety of fruits, berries and plants in autumn and to practise ways of portraying them realistically in graphite and/or watercolour.  We will help you to learn new techniques and embellish your existing skills so that you can further develop your own individual style.

This will be a stimulating, friendly workshop in which you can explore the forms, textures and colours of autumn plants.  We are lucky to be able to collect subject material from the wealth of vegetation around the Centre, but if there is a subject you would particularly like to work on, you are very welcome to bring it with you.  You might make a detailed study of one plant, either as a botanical illustration or as a 'portrait'.  Or you could make a page of smaller comparative studies or even a small arrangement of several plants.

The workshop will provide a great opportunity for you to practise techniques suggested by the subject matter, guided by the tutor. There will be plenty of individual attention and encouragement, and demonstrations as required, to explore ways of portraying the vibrant subjects of the autumn garden or hedgerow.  In the evenings there will be the opportunity for discussions, and to look at the work of other artists working in this field.  If you would like to bring any finished or semi-finished work for discussion please do and if there is a particular challenge you would like to work on during the workshop please let the tutor know.

About the Leader:

Christina Hart-Davies is a well-known botanical artist and illustrator working professionally in this field for over thirty years.  She holds four RHS Gold Medals for her paintings and was a founding member (and Hon Secretary 1985-95) of the Society of Botanical Artists.  She has been closely associated with The Kingcombe Centre since its beginning.  She has held many successful exhibitions and her work is included in collections worldwide, notably in the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation in the USA, the RHS, RBG Kew and the Shirley Sherwood Collection of Contemporary Botanical Art.  She has illustrated many books and contributed illustrations to publications including the major flora guide of Britain and Northern Europe: the Collins Flower Guide, and is currently writing and illustrating a wildflower book and a botanical painting guide. 


£399 pp Residential  -  includes 3 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home-cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition/activities.

£279 pp Non-Residential  -  includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.


The course will start at 4pm on Fridaywith afternoon tea and an introductory walk/talk.  Residents are welcome to arrive from 3pm.

The course will finish at approximately 4pm on Monday with afternoon tea.

What to bring: 

Details on what to bring are provided separately.

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Comments from previous events:

I have had a wonderful few days, so a heartfelt thank you to you all.  The centre was warm and comfortable and the food was delicious.  It is very important when doing something such as botanical painting, which requires intense concentration, that you feel at ease and relaxed in your surroundings and I did feel just that.  Of course the lovely surrounding countryside added to the whole experience.  So thank you to everyone and I hope to come again next year - Angela.

Christina Hart Davies

Christina Hart-Davies

KC Arts c Sarah Morrish (5)

Painting Autumn c Sarah Morrish (17)