Botanical Art

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Botanical Art: a journey in graphite and watercolour

PILOT WEEK 2:  March 26/27/28

Enter a serene and informal learning environment with an accent on enjoyment while grounding in techniques to build confidence in the water colour medium.

To produce technically accurate and beautiful botanical and floral art, we start with basic observation of plants and line drawings to understand the subject, flow, and structure of the plant or flower and plan your composition.

We then develop a good background utilising graphite to render three-dimensional tonal values and highlights.

Finally we move into water colour, learning about differences in water colour paper, colour mixing, washing, glazing and dry brush techniques.

Throughout, we cover principles of composition, perspective, vanishing points, curves, and shadows, and wrap up with finishing and checking the final art piece.

About the Facilitator

Prior to escaping to the quiet of the country in 2010, Geoffrey lived in Johannesburg where he studied fashion design and pattern making. He and his partner ran a successful function coordinating company and, later in Swellendam, the positively reviewed shop and restaurant Pennantwing. Geoffrey now produces botanical art in water colour, which is sold in SA and around the world.

Geoffrey is interested in a more technical and precise approach to art than wet loose techniques. His journey started with his first formal class with Lorraine Sicé in Swellendam, during a year of solid grounding in line drawing, form, perspective and composition. This was when he fell in love with water colour. After growing and experimenting alone, he chose to focus his direction on Botanical Art. He advanced his skills and gained confidence as he attended courses with some of the best in the field: Vicki Thomas, who is internationally known and exhibited; Willie Schlechter; and Gillian Condy, one of the most amazingly technically perfect artists. Geoffrey has embodied Gillian’s technical advice on being true to the scale and form of the subject matter with the least amount of effort, and achieving the most amazing glazing techniques with phenomenal effects.


What to bring:
Own watercolour paints (Windsor & Newton basic Cotmans range is recommended)
Paint brushes
Eraser, ruler, pencils (2H, HB, 4H, 6B, 4B)
A3 sketchpad (just plain paper)
Tracing paper
Materials can be ordered and pre-arranged through local art shop.


COURSE TIMES: The course will start promptly at 14h00, and the first workshop/module will end at 17h00. There will be a break with coffee provided.
Each day, participants should gather at the designated venue at 8h30 for coffee. Courses start promptly at 09h00. Please bring your own lunch.
The courses will end at 17h00 each day except the last, when they end at 12.30.
Participants are requested to complete and submit a Course Evaluation Questionnaire at the completion of the course.
Contact the Registration Office on 076 503 3503 for help….



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