Studio Workshops

Inspirational and supportive teaching from one of the leading coloured pencil botanical artists in the UK.

  • Ann’s bright, spacious studio is set in a lovely village in Wiltshire near the medieval market town of Devizes.
  • The studio is equipped with drawing boards, magnifiers, light boxes and a digital microscope plus an over-hand projector and screen for easy viewing of Ann’s demos.
  • The studio looks out onto Ann’s delightful, well stocked, Victorian walled garden with outside seating for lunches.
  • Lunches, coffee, a selection of teas, biscuits and cakes provided. Any special dietary requirements should be noted on the booking form.
  • Workshops run from 10am – 4pm.
  • Seasonal or specific plant material is provided subject to availability and students are encouraged to bring any plant material they would like to work on.

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  • Beginners Two-Day Introduction to Coloured Pencil


    • 11th - 12th July 2017 'Beginners Two-Day Introduction to Coloured Pencil'
      • Learn about the materials and techniques Ann uses in her work
      • Try out the techniques layering, burnishing and underpainting starting with simple subjects such as single fruits, leaves or simple flowers
      • Ann will guide you throughout with demonstrations
      • An opportunity to learn some of her tips and tricks

    Learn about the materials and techniques Ann uses in her vibrant botanical pictures. Learn how to layer and burnish to achieve smooth colour application and with Ann’s guidance, get started with leaves and simple coloured forms such as tomatoes and plums.

  • Two Day Themed Workshops


    (for intermediate students or students who have done the Beginners Two Day Workshop)

    • 24th - 25th May 2017 '‘Bold and Brilliant Big Blooms’'

      Oriental poppies, tall bearded irises, clematis and peonies – create vibrant images of these beautiful, large, early summer flowers.  I will give you guidance on accurate observation, how to create a striking composition and strong colour mixing to give your work the ‘wow’ factor.

    • 24th - 25th October 2017 'Brilliant Berries and Seasonal Seedpods'
      • Create realistic fruits with depth of colour, sheen, shine and bloom
      • Learn how to choose realistic shade colours to create three-dimensional depth
      • Try out underpainting with colour for graphite drawings of seedpods and fir cones
    • 14th - 15th November 2017 'Creative Composition'
      • Put the ‘art’ into your botanical art
      • Learn techniques to make your work stand out from the crowd
      • Study different styles of composition and start to think outside the box!
      • This workshop is about taking you out of your comfort zone and helping you to create eye-catching compositions.
  • One Day Workshops

    £80.00 or 5 for £350.00

    • 14th September 2017
    • 7th November 2017
    • 6th June 2017
    • 16th August 2017
    • Primarily for intermediate students
    • Beginners are also welcome
    • Students work on their own projects or use plant material available at the time

    More information about Ann’s One Day Workshops

01380 724788
Rowde Court Studio, Marsh Lane, Rowde, Wiltshire, SN10 2NW
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