Using found objects from the garden we will create exquisite studies in detail as a record for posterity.  Bring garden finds, berries, feathers, snail shells, seed cases and curled leaves.  We will look at techniques including painting in detail, textures, shadows and placement.  Individual guidance and demonstrations.  Suitable for the near beginner to those who enjoy botanical painting in watercolour.
Residential and non-residential participants welcome.
What to bring
There will be plant material for you to use during the workshop, some of which you will be able to take and finish off at home and some of which might need to be left at the end of the workshop.   I suggest that if there are particular things you want to include in your work that you try and bring them along.  
Remembering that we will be working in detail please bring along your finest brushes.  These should be sable or synthetic 'rounds' ideally sizes 0 to 3 - or thereabouts (different brands do vary).  Please also bring hot pressed paper.  Recently some people have been into art shops which have sold them whatever they seem to have in stock.  If you are in any doubt at all about paper then do not buy it.  There is a limited supply of hot pressed paper for sale at cost.  Below is my suggested equipment list.
The tutor has a small quantity of brushes and paints for loan on the course, so don’t worry if you don’t have much – you will still be able to paint on the day!
There are art shops still in existence, locally to Cambridge there is Tindalls, which also has a comprehensive website.


You will need hot pressed paper.  Cold pressed or NOT works well too if you prefer using this.  We suggest Fabriano, Arches or Saunders Waterford paper.  There is a limited amount of hot pressed Fabriano artistico for sale to use at the class so don’t panic if you cannot get hold of any. 
Also consider bringing some cartridge paper for sketching and layouts
Tracing paper.


HB, 2B and 2H (or at least an HB)


A good sharpener that will give your pencils a good point


A softish eraser, or kneadable putty rubber


Or a pair of school compasses for accurate measured drawings


Artist quality water colour paints (usually half pans or tubes, but bring what you have).  The following colours can be useful: French ultramarine, cobalt blue, permanent sap green, aureolin, lemon yellow, permanent mauve, Winsor violet, scarlet lake, permanent rose.  (These colours are Winsor and Newton.)  Otherwise bring what you have.  The quality of your paints will affect your work, so if you have had poster paints since school days and that was a while ago, you may wish to buy some new paints!
[For other colours the tutor has a wide selection in tubes that can be used on the course]


Good quality brushes are critical for this art form, but can be very expensive.  Da Vinci maestro series 10 are good quality and less expensive than W&N brushes.  Winsor and Newton series 7 sable brushes, in 0, 1, 2, 3.  (Or bring what you have).  Otherwise look for equivalents to the Winsor and Newton brushes. If you cannot run to sable then a synthetic sable mix or synthetic will be fine – do check that the brush has a good point before you buy though.  The type of brush you need is a ‘round’ and check that the hairs come to a good point before you buy.


Ideally a china palette or a white plate or tile

Kitchen roll

This is great for helping to control the water on your brush, or for mopping spills!

Plant material

We will supply some plant material but please bring anything you especially want to do


Anything else that helps get you in the creative spirit!


Hassop Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire
£549 residential £299 non-residential
5 - 7 November 2018
Gael Sellwood
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