Explore flowers with mixed media techniques using drawing, painting, collage and printmaking.The courses are intended to expand the art of water-based painting and help to develop alternative ways of presenting and using paintings. It is also an opportunity to explore printmaking techniques. These can be closely related to painting as in the case of monotype prints, or can involve drawing skills as in a drypoint intaglio print. Both techniques can be used for artist's books.
Although based on plants and the natural world, these courses are not botanical painting courses in the traditional sense, nor will they cover large sccale botanical works. They are intended to explore other ways of looking at these subjects and are about painting and not illustration. They are intended as a space to experiment, learn new techniques and have fun. Within this there will be space to develop watercolour techniques including colour mixing, use of colour and tone, brushwork, vibrancy, depth and layout.
The courses are held in a spacious Georgian house near Dartmoor in Devon. The house is on the edge of Dartmoor and there are a great many wood and moorland walks within easy reach. There are en-suite rooms in the house, some with bath and some with shower. The excellent food is all freshly cooked and the produce sourced locally whenever possible. Lunch from thursday to saturday will be at Cafe 65 which is just down the road. They serve delicious home cooked food. The cost of lunch will not be included in the course price.