Flowers from the Garden in Pen and Watercolour with Karen Green
Working directly from seasonal flowers picked from the lovely gardens surrounding the Coach House studio, botanical artist Karen Green will guide you through observational drawing, pen work and watercolour techniques to create a finished illustration that reflects a botanical understanding of your subject, and captures the beauty of the plant.
Karen will ease you into the workshop with some playful drawing exercises. Leading on from this, through a little bit of flower botany exploration, she will guide you and support you to create a detailed observation drawing, using pen work to show shadow through the ‘stippling’ technique.
With one-to-one support, and class demonstrations, you will experiment with watercolour techniques and accurate colour mixing to paint your chosen flower. During the session, you will familiarise yourself with the materials and tools needed for botanical art and the techniques used, slowly build up layers of paint to create luminosity and depth.
- Watercolour paper- hot pressed- x3 A4 sheets
- Set of watercolour paints – half pans or tubes- a basic set is fine, we can work with whatever you have but a suggested range of
colours is: Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Sap Green, Hooker’s Green, Yellow Ochre, Burnt
Umber, Prussian Blue, Payne’s Gray.
- Watercolour brushes with fine points (suggested
sizes 2 or 3 and a 6)
- Small paint palette or white ceramic plate for mixing colours
- 2 x fineliner pens – black- WATERPROOF- size 0.1 and 0.2
- Jam jar or equivalent
- Pencil- HB
- Pencil sharpener
- Putty rubber
- Kitchen towel
- Phone camera or tablet (full charge)
Provided by Cornwall School of Art if required
- Drawing boards
- Water jars
All art materials are available to purchase in the Truro Arts shop, 26 River Street Truro TR1 2SJ, and you will receive a 10% discount on all supplies for the course.
Painting professionally for nearly 20 years, Karen Green has exhibited in solo and shared exhibitions in Bristol, Stroud and Cheltenham. Her studio, just outside Stroud, is opened regularly to visitors with the annual SITE Open Studios Festival. She began teaching seven years ago, across Gloucestershire, including regular workshops at Pegasus Art, for whom she has written several articles on painting botanically. She loves sharing her passion for plants and flowers; how we as humans are interwoven with the natural world, through medicine, folklore, religion and symbolism. Working from the fundamentals of the science and techniques of botanical illustration, Karen is currently exploring the themes of motherhood, fertility and the language of flowers to create her watercolour paintings. Karen’s painting Botanical Womb was used on the front cover of a book by Leo Kalovynas ‘Mother of Zero Children’ exploring the pressure on Greek women to have children. Her artwork featured in November 2020 edition of Period Living magazine.Find Out More
Our courses usually begin at 10am and end at 4:30pm, with a half an hour lunch break at around 1pm. There will also be brief morning and afternoon breaks, with free tea and coffee available in the kitchen area. At Lunch time you can make things nice and easy by pre-ordering a freshly prepared Coach House Lunch. Alternatively, you’re very welcome to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you like.
On sunny days students and tutors are invited to enjoy breaktimes outside in the leafy courtyard or gardens surrounded by birdsong.
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