Botanical Painting for Beginners

9 TUTOR: Kate Bennett

This introduction to botanical painting for absolute beginners will help develop your understanding, observation and study of plants, flowers and fruit. Starting with drawing exercises, techniques and colour theory, you will then pursue your own approach and style to create personal and individual work, while always focussing on the detail and intricate study of the subject. You will be encouraged to be a little adventurous and flexible, which will help you to portray as much information about the subject matter as possible. All tools and materials will be supplied, together with a selection of plants, flowers and fruit to study.

3 Full Day
Full day course

Course Notes

During the course of the week you will be taught a variety of drawing exercises, which will encourage you to develop your own personal style and way of working. Much of the initial work will be sketchbook based looking at plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Though most materials are provided - students are asked to bring any relevant media such as images of interest or any past work.

Monday - Drawing and loosening up, linking the eye to the hand. Working with a limited colour palette.

Tuesday - Drawing with accuracy and speed, looking at form and shape, creating tones, sketching and painting.

Wednesday - Drawing and painting texture - understanding scale and balancing your paper.

Thursday & Friday - Expanding and stretching your knowledge and understanding through individual work. Working towards your final piece/pieces.

Course Tutor

Kate Bennett

Kate Bennett

About Kate

Kate has always maintained an interest in botanical painting. Having completed a degree in Textile Design at Winchester School of Art, Kate then became a textile designer working in London for Colefax & Fowler and then in New York for 10 years. Kate returned to Art School in 2001 where she completed a further degree in Visual Art and has now come full circle to pursue her love of Botanical Painting where she now lives and teaches in a small Hampshire village.

Kate believes that if you can write then you can draw particularly with guidance, practice and patient encouragement.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 11 Jul - 15 Jul

WK 2 18 Jul - 22 Jul

WK 3 25 Jul - 29 Jul

WK 4 1 Aug - 5 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM