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Botanical Art – Spring Flowers in Watercolour

with Sarah Morrish

Sat 9 April
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm


During this workshop Sarah will introduce you to botanical art, its history, how it is still used today in publications, collections and by scientists and botanists.

At this time of year Spring flowers make the perfect subject matter. You will be guided in the techniques used to create a realistic and detailed drawing, that then creates a ‘map’ to which watercolour is applied.  Guidance on the basics of colour theory and colour-mixing will also be given.

The main materials needed will be provided for the duration of the workshop. These include: Drawing and watercolour paper; watercolour palette including all colours required; paintbrushes; mixing dish and waterpots.  Participants will need to bring an H grade of graphite pencil and a plastic eraser. Subject matter will consist of small flowering potted plants, that can be purchased from Sarah on the day, and taken away with you at the end of the workshop.

Sarah has been teaching botanical and natural history art for over 15 years using a variety of media, independently and for a variety of organisations including, RBG Edinburgh, Irish Society of Botanical Artists, the American Society of Botanical Artists, and also conservation organisations.  Much of her teaching, both online and in-person focuses on the importance of drawing alongside thorough observation and investigation of your subject matter, all of which she views as an essential foundation to our working practice as botanical artists.

She is a fellow of the Linnean Society and a painting member of the Chelsea Physic Garden and The Eden Project Florilegium.  Her work has been exhibited in the UK and abroad, and she has undertaken commissions for the Natural History Museum in London and Curtis’s Botanical Magazine.  In 2021 her book ‘Natural History Illustration in Pen and Ink’ was published, and has proved to be extremely popular.

Portfolio: www.natures-details.com

Tuition: www.illustratingnaturesdetails.com

Facebook: @NaturesDetailsArt

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