NatureArt Lab

INTRODUCTION TO BOTANICAL ART, 22 July - 26 August 2020, Beginners - Intermediate

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Demystify the use of watercolours for your botanical art and take an illustration from your imagination to reality!

About the tutor: 

Christopher Meadham graduated from the National School of Art, Darlinghurst, Sydney, majoring in Illustration. He worked as a graphic designer in advertising, television, audio visual and animation in Australia and Canada. His teaching experience includes NSW TAFE, Qld. and NSW Adult Education Canberra University and The Canberra School of Art.

The camera, landscape photography, the inclusion of drawing and watercolour
pigments in the image became central of his work practice. Watercolour has long been a medium of choice in illustration because of its amazing diversity in application.

Chris attended the Art in the Garden with Friends exhibition in 2015 which began his interest in botanical art. Chris aims to bring the spontaneity of lively watercolour and a compositional whole of image approach to the more traditional forms of botanical art. He has exhibited widely, with works held in a number of private collections and was commissioned to illustrate the south granite wall of the Magna Carta Monument, Parks, Canberra.

About the course: 

The watercolour medium and drawing can be the most rewarding experience in the creation of illustrative art. This simple, timeless medium can hold many challenges and delights and a basic understanding can help you take control. Understanding colour, pigment structures, water behaviour, having brush control and an eye for form will give great confidence to push the boundaries and shape your visual idea. Plants make wonderful subjects, they don’t talk back and every piece of knowledge we learn and observe can be woven into the illustration. Chris will initially take you step-by-step through a series of introductory skill sets including rules for drawing, observation skills, knowledge about your tools. You will gradually develop your skills to the point of completing your own botanical work based on your choice of botanical specimens. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Build confidence in your work practice
  • Improve drawing and observation skills - form, composition, approach
  • Demystify and exploit the power of the watercolour medium
  • Push boundaries in identifying own style
  • Take an illustration from imagination to reality
  • Enjoy yourself

This course is suitable for beginners to intermediate level students. A materials list will be available prior to the start of the course.

Please Note: This course will be offered with an online format to ensure the safety of our tutors and all participants, with step-by-step guidance, demonstrations and guided instruction on homework exercises each week. In addition to the detailed tutorials, you will receive weekly handouts with exercises for completion. Tutors will provide personalised feedback on all homework completed during the course. 

Dates: 22 July - 26 August 2020

Times: Wednesday mornings 9.30am - 12.00noon (with a break 10.30 -11.00am), 

Venue: Online Interactive Group Tutorials

  • Via Zoom Online Tutorial: once you have registered for this tutorial, you will receive an email with details on how to join, and the materials list. 

Please contact us if you have any questions at: info@natureartlab.com.au