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

  • 15 attendees maximum

  • See each session description for experience level

  • Sessions take place on the Zoom meeting platform

  • Private access to the recorded session for 1 week 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.

*** NEW ZOOM STUDIO SESSIONS *** - STARTING IN JUNE 2021

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Drawing and painting eggs and nests - graphite pencil and watercolour

Thursday 24th June 3.30-5.30pm UK time

£40

Many botanical and natural history artists have their own natural collection.  Sarah will use items from her own collection to demonstrate the structural drawing techniques she uses to portray accuracy, detail and understanding form.  Following on from this she will then introduce you to colour mixing and painting techniques for painting eggs.  Additional learning resources will also be provided such as images you may wish to work from after the session, due to the legislation concerning this subject matter.

Suitable for those with experience of detailed drawing and watercolour painting techniques in botanical and/or natural history art.

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Marvellous moths - pen and ink

Tuesday 20th July 3.30-5.30pm UK time

£40

This session will introduce you to the fundamentals that you need to know for illustrating these fascinating subjects in a detailed and accurate way.  These will include the correct use of mark-making techniques  to create form, texture and pattern.  In addition, we will look at the range of pens suitable for this type of illustration.  Additional learning resources will also be provided such as images you may wish to work from after the session.

Suitable for those who wish to illustrate moths scientifically and are new to using pen and ink as a media, or those who wish to enhance their pen and ink drawing skills.

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This session is fully booked

This session is fully booked

Sketching botanical subjects with a dip-pen - pen and ink

Thursday 5th August 3.30-5.30pm UK time

£40

There are so many types of nibs available to use in dip pens and during this session Sarah will introduce you to the ones she most favours for sketching  botanical subjects.  She will often use a dip pen with no prior pencil drawing and this brings a sense of freedom and escape in her artistic practice whilst still being conscious of portraying subjects in a natural and accurate manner.  Watch Sarah live as she demonstrates this and she will also introduce you to the most suitable inks to use with dip pens as well as paper.

Suitable for those with some experience of drawing botanical subjects.

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Drawing magnified seeds - pen and ink

Tuesday 17th August 3.30-5.30pm  UK time

£40

Seeds come in so many shapes and sizes and this session will be an opportunity to become familiar initially with methods of photography to see and record the magnified detail and the correct use of mark-making techniques in sepia ink,  to create form, texture and pattern.  In addition, we will look at the range of pens suitable for this type of illustration.  Additional learning resources will also be provided such as images you may wish to work from after the session.

Suitable for those with some experience of drawing botanical subjects.

Echinacea flowers in pen and watercolour wash

Friday 20th August & Friday 27th August

3.30-5.30pm UK time

£65

One of Sarah's favourite summer flowers are Echinacea and she has quite a collection in her garden.  Join her as creates a botanical portrait of an Echinacea flower in pen and watercolour wash.

This Zoom Studio Session will be in two parts.

Session 1 - We will investigate the structure of the flowers and the methodical approaches we can take to draw the subject accurately.  Then will come the mark-making when we create the form and bring the flower to life.  The resulting drawing will have an etching style to it and will be perfect for moving onto the next stage.

Session 2 - In this session the application of watercolour will add another dimension to the illustration.  Sarah will discuss the pros and cons of combining watercolour with pen and will demonstrate the most appropriate techniques to use.  

In addition, we will look at the range of pens and paper suitable for this type of illustration. Additional learning resources will also be provided such as images you may wish to work from after the session.

Suitable for those with some experience of drawing botanical subjects.

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.

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

  • Once payment has been made you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours,  with further details of the Zoom Studio Session and its theme.

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