Drawing is a foundation skill for almost all natural history art, from a quick field sketch to the most detailed illustration.
About the tutor:
Margaret Saul is a highly experienced botanical artist, illustrator and teacher. Margaret’s interest in nature and art developed in a family of artists and amateur naturalists who delighted in frequent nature rambles and excursions with time to sketch and paint during summer holidays. While staff illustrator for the Queensland Herbarium she produced illustrations for field guides and floras and developed a keen interest in botany and in helping to bring a greater awareness of native plants to the general public. Since 1988 she has enjoyed teaching botanical art and facilitating “the art of seeing” for her many students in Australia and across the USA and as founding director and designer of a comprehensive curriculum for the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration, USA (2004 – 2015). Margaret is represented in private and public collections including The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, USA, the Sherwood collection in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK and in science and art publications. Her botanical portraits are published in four books that document botanical art.
Preferred media: Watercolour supported by coloured pencil.
About the course:
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to drawing with clear explanations of materials and techniques. Students will learn about line, value, mark making and shading and how to put these elements together in preliminary drawings. Using charcoal, graphite and pen and ink, you will look at basic shapes in nature, shadows, perspective and more. If you have always wanted to draw and not had the chance, then this class is for you!
Drawing needs minimal materials, is the easiest medium to carry with you in the field, and helps you to enjoy the natural environment by looking with a purpose.
Suitable for beginners and those wanting to revise their practice and build a solid foundation for their skills. A materials list will be available prior to the start of the class.
Class size is limited to 12 - 13 students.
Note: Hand hygiene and social distancing rules will apply throughout the course. Students are requested to bring their own drinks and snacks. NatureArt Lab reserves the right to reschedule if required at any time.
Dates: 25 February - 1 March 2021 (6 weeks x 3 hour sessions).
Day/Time: Thursday mornings, 9.30am - 12.30pm.
Venue: NatureArt Lab, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith
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