Botanical Art for Beginners

A comprehensive watercolour course for beginners, focusing on one subject. Explore drawing and painting techniques and processes. Learn about tone, composition, colour mixing and matching and working in layers to create a realistic three-dimensional painting. Bring your own subject and ensure you have a materials list from WEA. All skill levels. Individual tuition and class demonstrations.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Materials and Techniques. Comprehensive class demonstrations of both graphite pencil and watercolour painting techniques
  • Botanical Art Process. Learn the processes necessary to complete a botanical art painting.
  • Master Drawing. Understand the importance of a full tonal master drawing, showing highlights and shadows.
  • Colour Study. This is a significant process and is the ‘practice’ with colour and technique before the final painting
  • Class and Individual Demonstrations.
  • Class Appraisal: Completed work to be appraised by tutor

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of the steps and processes involved in botanical art
  2. Use tonal values and contrasts to create form and solidity in a subject
  3. Learn how to match and mix watercolour paints
  4. Choose various components in the subject to create a colour study
  5. Use various watercolour painting techniques to show highlights and shadows and achieve various intensity of colours

MATERIAL LISTS

It is advisable to bring various subjects you would like to learn to draw and paint botanically. You will be drawing and painting the same subject for the 4 days of tuition.

  • Smooth drawing paper. Several sheets of A4 and A3 size, or from a sketch pad. The size of the paper will be determined by the size of the subject.
  • Drawing Pencils: HB and 2B. If you have other grades, these can be used as well.
  • HB and 2B pure graphite pencils (Optional)
  • Paper stump (or torchon). Available at art shops.
  • Clutch or propelling pencil 0.5mm HB (Optional)
  • Staedtler white eraser, or other good quality white plastic eraser
  • Grey kneadable eraser
  • Small Stanley knife, art scalpel or single edge safety scraper blades (for sharpening pencils)
  • Very fine grade sandpaper for sharpening graphite in pencils to a very sharp point
  • Large soft brush to remove erasings
  • Paper towels or tissues
  • Magic Cellotape or masking tape
  • Baking paper (to protect work) or tracing paper
  • Magnifying glass, hand held (magnificiation x3)
  • Ruler

Watercolour Materials Winsor & Newton brand Artists’ Quality watercolour paints recommended. 5ml tubes. The Winsor colours are more transparent and less expensive. The cadmium colours are stronger, richer in colour and semi-transparent. Both are lightfast and permanent. *Try to use the Preferred colours as these will achieve the best result.

  • Cadmium Lemon (Alternative: Bismuth Yellow)
  • Cadmium Yellow (Alternative: New Gamboge)
  • Cadmium Red (Alternative: Winsor Red)
  • Permanent Rose
  • French Ultramarine (Alternative: Winsor Blue (Red Shade))
  • Cerulean Blue (Alternative: Winsor Blue (Green Shade))
  • Burnt Umber

Other materials

  • Brushes - Round Sable: Sizes 0, 3, 5. Check the point of brush. Do not purchase Designer or Rigger brushes which have very long hairs. Brushes should be Kolinsky Sable. Brands include: Winsor & Newton ‘Artists’ Water Colour Sable – Round’, Art Basic Series 300R, Rekab Pure Kolinsky Sable, Raphael 8404, Art Spectrum X72. Different shops carry various brands. Sable brushes usually have black or dark blue handles. The prices vary for different qualities of sable. Nylon or synthetic: These are used for mixing, not painting with. Brands include: Golden Nylon and Golden Sable (synthetic). Size 3 or 4 for mixing. Nylon brushes usually have red handles.
  • Paper - Arches 300 gsm hot pressed (smooth), 56 x 76 cm sheet (can be cut into various sizes)
  • Arches A4 Watercolour pad, hot pressed 300 gsm (optional). If you prefer to work with a pad, it is less expensive to purchase an A3 pad and have it cut into halves (Officeworks will do this).
  • Container/vase to hold plant specimen or florist oasis
  • 2x Water Containers (jars) or large plastic containers
  • Preferably ceramic palette (for mixing colours)
  • Clean cotton rag, paper towels or tissues
  • Smaller piece of watercolour paper, for recording colours, experimenting with colour mixes and to ensure brush is loaded correctly with paint. (Small Arches 300gsm hot pressed watercolour pads are convenient).

IMPORTANT: Please arrive to the first class with all the relevant materials. A lack of materials is not just a handicap to you but to the ability to teach. Materials cost is not included in a course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any course materials. We therefore suggest you purchase your materials closer to the time of the course commencing.

ART SUPPLY STOCKISTS

  • The Art Scene, UNSW Art & Design Campus, Greens Rd Paddington NSW. Ph: 8815 1569
  • The Art Scene, West Ryde, Ph: 9807 6900 (incl. online shop)
  • Bondi Road Art Supplies 179 Bondi Road Bondi. Ph: 9387 3746. (Closed Fridays and Sundays)
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 93 York Street Sydney, Ph: 02 9299 4151. Also at North Sydney, St Leonards, Chatswood, Caringbah, Parramatta & more.

Enquire at your art shop for a Student’s Discount with your WEA course receipt.

$307 Limited / $276

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