The principles of drawing and watercolour painting of plants will be the main focus of this workshop. Simple practical exercises will take the participants through each stage in order to build up to a final, fairly accurate botanical painting. These steps will include pencil drawing of a fruit or flower using shading to create form; colour mixing and matching and various ways of applying watercolour paints; composition; the dissection of a flower and some basic botany; all in preparation for a final botanical drawing. In addition there will be a short illustrated talk on the history of botanical art with the emphasis on Southern African plants. No previous experience in botanical painting is required and students will be given individual attention.
ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Vicki Thomas is a well-known botanical artist and teacher, who regularly teaches a module on scientific illustration to the Honours Illustration students at Stellenbosch University. She has taught classes around South Africa and in the UK. Her own botanical artworks are represented in many prestigious collections locally and abroad, including HRH Prince Charles’s Highgrove Florilegium, a collection of paintings of plants from his garden. Many of Vicki’s paintings have been exhibited in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew, London, and in exhibitions in Japan, the USA, Holland and South Africa. She has been involved with the scientific illustration of plants for botanical journals for many years and has illustrated a book on Plectranthus. She has been working on cliff dwelling plants for a new book. Vicki is a founder member and past Chairperson of the Botanical Artists’ Assoc. of S.A. and is a judge on the Kirstenbosch Biennale exhibition.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
PAINTS Winsor & Newton Artist Watercolours in a tube or Meimeri, or Sennelier (not Cotmans or cheaper less good paints)
(Most of this equipment will be available from the art shop in the Neelsie centre at the University)