Start Botanical Art 2023

SUMMARY: Budding Botanical Artist? Or maybe you would like to be?
With all-new content, this course explores the naturally varied and exciting subject of plants. Learn how to draw and paint plants, cacti and grass. Discover new techniques to print and paint with leaves. Practise painting summer fruits and study the style of renowned artist Georgia O’keefe. It’s big, bold and beautiful.
Type: Adult Education
Level: Beginners & Improvers
Dates: 27th June – 18th July 2023
Time: Tuesdays 4-6PM
Duration: 4 weeks
Fee:  £78.00
Concessions: £60
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Find Us

My dedicated Art Studio is located at 66 Bayswater Road, directly opposite Mather Road.
To get to the studio go through the side gate and follow the path. If in doubt ring the doorbell and I will come to guide you.

If driving, take a right at Baynards Hill Primary School, then an immediate left onto the slip-road. There are usually parking bays available.
If using public transport catch the number 8 bus from Oxford City Center, or the N8 from Risinghurst.

Lesson 1: Easy-Peasy Plants, Grass & Cacti

Date: 27/06/23

10 mins - Warm-up
10 mins - All About Grasses (presentation) 

15 mins - Drawing grass exercise

10 mins - All About Cacti (presentation)

15 mins - Drawing Cacti Exercise

45 mins - Soft Pastel Colourful Cacti inspired by Jenny Willigrod

Materials: HB Pencil, fine line pen, soft pastels

Lesson 2: Make like a Tree & Leaf

Date: 04/07/23

  • 10 mins - Warm-up

  • 10 mins - Leaf printing - wax

  • 10 mins - monoprint
    20 mins - Leaf printing - acrylic on black

  • 1 hour - Negative Leaf Watercolour Painting

Materials: Pencil and Watercolours, gouache, wax

Lesson 3: Summer Fruits

Date: 11/07/23

  • 10 mins – Warm-up

  • 10 mins - Fabulous Fruits (presentation)

  • 5 mins - Lemon on a Lightbox
    20 mins - Creating Circular Cross-sections 

1 hour - Painting a Strawberry Step-by-Step

Materials:  Pencil and Watercolours

Lesson 4: Georgia O’Keefe - Macro Flowers

Date: 18/07/23

  • 10 mins - Warm-up

  • 10 mins - Who is Georgia O’Keefe? (Presentation) 

  • 15 mins - Macro Flower Photography

  • 15 mins - Drawing Flowers from Photos (including composition)
    1 hour - Painting in the style of Georgia O’Keefe

Materials: Soft Pastels, Coloured Pencils and Watercolours

Recommended Materials

Graphite pencils, coloured pencils and Watercolours. I recommend:

I have all these materials available to loan, but recommend having your own so you can practise at home.

Recommended reading

  • The Watercolour A-Z of Trees & Foliage by Adelene Fletcher

  • Drawing Flowers by Margaret Stevens

  • Painting Flowers & Plants by Janet Whittle

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