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Summer Plants in Watercolour                                                                             creative

Botanical Painting c Nicola Hawkins (4)

 Image copyright Nicola Hawkins

Paint the abundent flowers and plants of the summer meadows, hedgerows and gardens in this stimulating friendly botanical painting workshop

Taught by Christina Hart-Davies

Mon 15 - Fri 19 Jun 2015

This course will encourage you to study and appreciate the variety of flowers and plants in midsummer 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 summer 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 summer 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.

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 such as Kew Magazine and the RHS New Dictionary of Gardening. From 2003-7 she worked exclusively on illustrations for a 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.  She is a popular and experienced tutor, and enjoys encouraging people to explore the natural world with paint and pencil and to deepen and develop their artistic skills.

£490 pp    includes 4 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition / activities.
Non- Residential:  £350 pp  includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.
The course will start at 4pm on Monday with afternoon tea and an introductory walk/ talk. 
Residents are welcome to arrive from 2pm.
The course will finish at approximately 4pm on Friday with afternoon tea.
What to bring: Details on what to bring are provided separately

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

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