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Brush with Nature - Illustrating the Natural World                               creative

SMorrish Feather painting

 Image copyright Sarah Morrish

Explore drawing and painting techniques of natural history illustration, in the studio and out in the field.

Taught by Sarah Morrish

Wed 5 - Fri 7 Aug 2015

This course will explore the techniques used to draw and paint natural objects using graphite pencil and watercolour paint, creating study sheets of the subjects we find.  There will be the opportunity to work in the field and to pick up useful tips for working plein air. In addition the use of other media will be explored, such as gouache and colour pencil, especially how to use them to depict texture and pattern.   We will also be looking at the variety and types of sketchbooks available.   Subject matter will be varied - from butterflies, antlers and horns to feathers, stones and shells.

Indeed, you are encouraged to forage for material to inspire your work.  You will be guided in the art of natural history illustration including techniques of observation, drawing to scale, colour mixing and application of paint.  By the end of the course each student will have completed a painting to take home having learnt during the week what to look for in terms of composition, form and botanical accuracy.  The guidance and motivation you will receive on the course will equip you with the skills to develop in the future. 

This course is ideal for people wanting to keep a seasonal / nature sketchbook, or for those that would like to draw botanical features as part of their notes for vegetation surveys.  All levels of experience are welcome and our small class size will ensure individual tuition.  If you have any finished or semi-finished work you would like to bring please do so. It would be helpful to see how you are progressing and where Sarah can be of most help.
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Sarah’s fascination and passion of illustrating the natural world stems from childhood and combined with her previous work in the field of conservation, her artwork depicts natural forms in a variety of media.  Watercolour is the predominant medium she uses, but her detailed work is also portrayed using other media, such as acrylics, graphite pencil and lino-cuts.  She holds the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Certificate in Botanical Illustration and has been a full exhibiting member of the Society of Floral Painters since 2000. Sarah received a Certificate of Botanical Merit (CBM) from the Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition in 2014 for her painting of Echinacea purpurea, which was judged by Dr Brent Elliott, Historian of the RHS who compared her painting to those of Arthur Harry Church.  In 2015 two of her feather illustrations are being published in a book by Katherine Tyrrell titled 'Sketching 365'.
£280 pp    includes 2 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition / activities.
Non- Residential: 
£199 pp  includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.
The course will start at 1pm on Wednesday with lunch and an introductory talk. 
The course will finish at approximately 4pm on Friday with afternoon tea.
What to bring: A full list of suggested art materials and equipment will be sent separately.
Why not immerse yourself in a longer break by booking this course with our “Printmaking Weekend Workshop” (Fri 7 ­    
Sun 9 Aug) with Sarah Morrish

    Download the Information Sheet - oinfo2r if you require further information call the Booking Office 01300 320684.

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