ZOOM STUDIO SESSIONS - from Sarah's home studio

Why not join Sarah in her home studio for themed tuition sessions in botanical and natural history art?  

  • Each session lasts 2 hours and covers a set theme

  • Various media ~ watercolour ~ gouache ~ pen & ink ~ graphite pencil

  • 'Live' demonstration time, presentations & other learning resources included

  • Question & answer times during each session

  • Dual camera view - tutor & work area

  • See session description for experience level

  • Sessions take place on the Zoom meeting platform

  • Private access to the recording after the session

Each session is carefully created to support you in your learning according to your skill level and give you the opportunity to focus on learning time just for you. 

There will be clear aims and objectives given at the beginning of each session; guidance on the use of specific materials and equipment that are applicable to the theme and media; demonstration of techniques;  a window onto the natural world helping you to connect to the subject matter and understand more about it to inform the development of your artwork; but most of all to have fun alongside others with a mutual interest.

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  • Payment is via the payment button for your chosen session using a Paypal account or your debit/credit card.

  • Once payment has been made you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours,  with further details of the Zoom Studio Session and its theme.

The email address that is linked to your Paypal account is the one that will be used for all communication regarding session joining instructions.  If you wish these to be sent to an alternative email address please let Sarah know.  Please also ensure you check your spam/junk email folders if you have not received confirmation of booking or joining instructions.  Thank you.

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NEW for SUMMER 2022

DISCOVER, DISSECT & DRAW

2hr Zoom Studio Sessions

· Join me for 2 hrs as I guide you through the dissection, identification of features and drawing of specific plants

· Get up close to plants and flowers through my digital microscope live

· Improve botany skills

· Learn how to dissect plants and what equipment to use

· Learn how to record features through accurate observation, measuring and drawing techniques

· You will also have access to additional learning resources.  PDF: Intro to microscopy for botanical artists  VIDEO: What's in my dissection kit

· Access a recording of the session after it has taken place

· Suitable for all skill levels 

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Wildflowers   ***THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL***

Thursday 16th June    3.30-5.30 pm UK time

£40

I will be using wildflower species that I have grown in my own garden.  These may include Corncockle, Cornflower, Corn Marigold, Greater knapweed, Meadow clary, Sneezewort, Red campion, Meadow buttercup, Crow garlic.  Flowering will be dependant on growing and weather conditions.

Please follow guidelines and regulations in the area where you live in regard to the picking and collecting of wildflowers.

Saracenias 

Thursday 30th June    3.30-5.30 pm UK time

£40

From my collection of carnivorous plants we will be exploring and dissecting a couple of different varieties of Saracenias.  They are fascinating plants, from their flowers through to their pitchers and have evolved some amazing features and strategies to attract and trap their prey.

​Garden Flowers 

Thursday 14th July    3.30-5.30 pm UK time

£40

In my small garden I grow an array of plants and flowers, so this session will focus on Roses, Echinacea (if they are in bloom) and Foxgloves.  All flowers with their own distinctive characteristics that make them appealing to so many people and plant lovers.

​Cacti 

Thursday 11th August    3.30-5.30 pm UK time

£40

In my studio I am surrounded by a small collection of cacti and succulents and we will be using a small cacti specimen to dissect and reveal the inner structure, and also come to understand how they are renowned for their ability to hoard water.  We will also look at the function and structure of their spines.

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Other useful information

  • You will need access to a computer and a good internet connection

  • You will need to download the Zoom Meetings platform which is free and be responsible for any technical issues that may occur. Sarah can not take responsibility for these or provide support in this area.

  • Each session is usually a 'stand-alone' session and this is not a structured course where individual feedback is provided after each session.

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Drawing Magnificent Owls   ***THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL***

£150

This 3 part course will introduce you to the amazing world of owls, through the eyes of a naturalist and artist.  You will become familiar with facts and features about owls that will support your learning, through to the drawing process using both graphite pencil and pen and ink.

Each 2 hour session will be delivered through a live Zoom Studio Session where I will focus on teaching specific subject areas along with techniques that you will then be able to incorporate into your own drawings and illustrations.  There will also be suggested exercises for you to complete between sessions.

There will be also be tutor support in between sessions using a private Google Classroom, just for course attendees.  Here, you can ask for advice, interact with the rest of the group,  share artwork in progress and access additional learning resources, which will include:  image library, PDF digital downloads, videos, links, suggested books and literature and session recordings.  This is an essential component of the course and you will need a Google account to access Google Classroom to gain the full range of benefits.

Session 1

  • How owls have been depicted in natural history art through the years

  • Owl essentials - facts and features, becoming familiar with the physical characteristics

  • Recognising varying bird shapes and postures according to behaviours whilst drawing them

  • Positioning and drawing stages and techniques of essential features such as eyes and facial disc (if present), feet and talons, bill.

Session 2

  • Observing and drawing plumage, becoming familiar with feather layout

  • How to draw plumage according to contours of bird and creating form

  • Drawing challenging feather areas such as: under-tail coverts, tail feathers, small facial and head feathers

  • Graphite pencil drawing techniques focusing on depiction and development of form, texture and pattern/colour differences

  • Using additional tools and techniques to create texture and form - embossing tools

 

Session 3

  • Pen and ink drawing techniques focusing on depiction and development of form, texture and pattern/colour differences

  • Using fine line pens independently and combining colours

  • Using dip pens for detailed drawing and also more gestural sketching

  • Tips for working in the field

  • Composition options and addition of other objects such as perches

***THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL***

To book your place please use the payment button below the following pictures. 

  • Payment is via the payment button for your chosen session using a Paypal account or your debit/credit card.

  • Once payment has been made you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours,  with further details of the Zoom Studio Session and its theme.

The email address that is linked to your Paypal account is the one that will be used for all communication regarding session joining instructions.  If you wish these to be sent to an alternative email address please let Sarah know.  Please also ensure you check your spam/junk email folders if you have not received confirmation of booking or joining instructions.  Thank you.

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