Painting Autumn Fruits October 19 | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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berriesSpend some quality time capturing the charming detail of seasonal fruits in watercolour. These include rosehips, poppy seedheads, dogwood fruits, hawthorn berries and sunflower seeds. Advice on technique and individual assistance will be offered. With Lucy T. Smith, Botanical Artist.

Lucy T Smith in a freelance Australian botanical artist based in the UK, and for the past 14 years has produced many illustrations and paintings for the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.  She has received numerous awards for her work, including two gold medals from the RHS, the Jill Smythies Award for botanical illustration (Linnean Society of London), and the Margaret Flockton award.   In 2001 she took on the role of botanical artist onboard the Endeavour replica for a BBC documentary about Cook’s voyage to Australia. Lucy also teaches botanical illustration at Kew Gardens and the Chelsea School of Botanical Art.

  • 9.30am           Registration tea & coffee with time to explore the Garden.
  • 10am
    • Drawing and painting in the studio – We will choose subjects from the flowers and fruits provided, sketching some of them.
    • Still-life composition and individual botanical studies will be discussed before work is started.
    • Examples of painting will be shown.
  • 12.45pm         LUNCH (a light lunch will be provided: this will be a savoury Gruyere cheese tart served with a mixed side salad.)
  • 1.45pm            Continue painting with technical guidance if needed
  • 3.30pm           Share, discuss and conclude the day’s work. Refreshments provided (tea and cake)
  • 3.30pm
    • Display and review work
    • Q&A, feedback and clearing away equipment.
  •  4pm                End of session

Materials list:
Basic materials are provided: watercolours / paper / sketch paper / pencils / brushes etc… It is not necessary to buy anything for the course unless you wish to treat yourself to a good sable brush, size 1 or 2, for finishing the painting, e.g. by Da Vinci, Winsor and Newton series 7, Cass or Cornelissen sable brushes. Pro Arte mixed sable are synthetic and also reliable, but used brushes are available if required.
Please note this event takes place in our lecture room up some stairs with no alternative access. We apologise if this causes any inconvenience.

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October 19
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Chelsea Physic Garden
66 Royal Hospital Road
London, SW34HS United Kingdom
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