ONLINE WORKSHOPS - Workshops for organisations
During the ongoing health crisis many of us are confined to our homes and immediate local areas.
As artists we may be used to working on our own at times, but if we belong to a group that regularly meets we can miss the companionship and opportunity to draw and paint together.
Although not a replacement, taking part in an online workshop with members from your group can help fill the gap of not meeting in person, provide a positive way to bring your members together and also nurture your group as a whole.
Why not join Sarah in her home studio?
2 formats of workshops are available delivered through Zoom Meetings or a private Facebook group with live demo sessions.
1 day workshop option ~ Zoom Meetings Platform
(Available from late November 2020)
x2 live demo sessions, 2 hours each
Dual camera view - tutor and work area
Supporting learning resources/handouts shared via email and/or Dropbox
Time set aside for question and answer sessions
Access to recorded demo sessions after event has finished
12 attendees maximum
Individual feedback after event - optional extra
Bespoke themes available - optional extra
Extended workshop option ~ Private group via Facebook
The tuition group becomes your virtual classroom just for your organisation members
x2 live demo sessions, 2.5 hours each, each a week apart
Time set aside for question and answer sessions
Access to live demo session videos once finished
Membership of group for 7-9 days
Learning resources - PDFs, links to additional videos, image files organised into subject units within group
Individual feedback provided within group between each live session
15 attendees maximum
Bespoke theme included
Botanical Dissections & Portraying Internal Plant Structures ~ Practical dissection with drawing
(Any time of year - extended workshop option only)
Sarah will guide you through the dissection process using the live demo sessions and covering several plant species/varieties as well as woody specimens. You will then learn more about the measuring and portrayal processes. Within the group there will further learning resources available for the duration of the extended workshop, such as links to other video tutorials, image folders, PDF digital downloads.
Illustrating Hidden Features of Trees & Shrubs ~ Botanical investigation with drawing
(February, March, April - 1 day workshop option only)
There are many features of trees and shrubs that remain hidden and are not always portrayed in botanical illustrations/paintings. Through investigation using the live demo session, Sarah will guide you in discovering features such as internal pith structure, lenticels, bundle scars, leaf scars and explore the internal structure of buds too. We will then move on to methods of collecting reference material and the drawing process of the features we have discovered.
Illustrating Stems, Attachments & Defences ~ Drawing & Watercolour
(March, April, May - 1 day workshop option only)
In some cases stems can be one of the most challenging features to portray in botanical art and illustration. This workshop will explore the many forms of stems and their associated attachments, some of which act as defences. During the live demos we will look at some of these and take a methodical approach in drawing their structure and portraying their form and colour in graphite pencil and watercolour.
Twigs & Buds in Pen & Ink
(February, March, April - available for both workshop options)
Sarah is well known for her illustrations of twigs and buds, particularly during the months of late winter and early spring. During the live demos we will look at the twigs and buds of a variety of tree and shrub species and identify their specific features. We will then move onto illustrating the specimens in pen and ink using technical drawing pens or fine line pens. becoming familiar with and using the most suitable mark-making techniques to portray form, texture and pattern. If you choose the extended workshop option within the group there will further learning resources available for the duration of the workshop, such as links to other video tutorials, image folders, PDF digital downloads.
Illustrating Pods & Caspules ~ Drawing & Watercolour
(Any time of year - available for both workshop options)
Many botanical artists keep a collection of dried plant specimens and especially those that keep their shape and form. Botanical pods and capsules are inspirational subjects at any time of year with varying shapes, textures and colours , internally and externally. During the live demos we will explore structured drawing techniques, such as using contour lines to understand form. We will then follow with watercolour techniques that we can use to depict how the light interacts with the subject, varying surface textures, transparency of plant tissue and finer details. If you choose the extended workshop option within the group there will further learning resources available for the duration of the workshop, such as links to other video tutorials, image folders, PDF digital downloads.
Your questions answered
How often are the workshops available?
Sarah only teaches 1 extended workshop option per month, with more flexibility for the 1 day workshop option.
How do I arrange a workshop?
Contact Sarah to discuss proposed theme, structure of workshop, number of participants, proposed dates and costs. A Tuition Agreement will be issued once details are confirmed.
How do member's book onto the workshop?
Your organisation workshop co-ordinator will deal with all bookings and associated admin for the workshop.
What information do you issue to our members?
PDF documents including workshop information and materials sheets will be provided and sent to your workshop co-ordinator to distribute to all members.
How do members join the workshop?
Joining instructions for the workshop format of your choice will be sent 3-4 days before each workshop for you to distribute to your members that will be attending the workshop.
Do the members need to be signed up to Zoom Meetings or Facebook?
All of those members wishing to attend your chosen online workshop, will either have to be registered with Facebook, or be able to download the Zoom Meeting app onto their device. No payment is required to access either platform.
What technical support will be available?
All workshop attendees will need to ensure that they have a reliable internet connection to view the live demo sessions and to have access to all learning resources. Full responsibility for this lies with your members.
No detailed technical support can be given in relation to using Facebook, so it would be beneficial if members are familiar with how to access a group, and to post and respond to comments and images.
To access Zoom Meetings members will need to have a web cam installed on their computer if they wish to be seen during the workshop and a microphone if they wish to be heard. (A lot of computers now have both already installed).
Viewing the live demo sessions on both platforms is best through a desktop or laptop computer, although a tablet computer will be satisfactory.
If you would like to discuss booking an online workshop with Sarah, please use the form below
Online Workshop Feedback
'I thought the course and materials were very well organized, and beautifully presented'.
'The workshop spoke to the "scientist" in me! I am a long way from understanding it, but it was a lovely introduction for me'!
'I’ll always prefer in-person. But how wonderful to be able to take your workshop from my home'!
'It is much easier to see what you, the instructor, is doing via the camera and video'.