Workshops & Courses
Tindalls – Cambridge
Illustrating Apples & Pears using Coloured Pencils
A 1-day workshop for anyone wishing to create a beautiful piece of artwork using Coloured Pencils. Your tutor will bring along the fruit, and you will be supplied with paper and pencils if you don’t have your own. This is an opportunity to learn all the tricks of the trade to illustrate a simple subject and make it amazingly realistic and three-dimensional.
Tindalls – Colchester
Drawing Cyclamen – Step-by-Step Coloured Pencils
This workshop will suit beginners as well as the more experienced coloured pencil artists. You will be given the outline of the image and Janie will show you how to colour it, one stage at a time. You will learn about gradations of colour, especially on the pretty pink flowers, as well as coping with the beautiful patches of greens on the leaves. All materials supplied.
Elm Farm Studios, Nr. Colchester
If you have ever wanted to have a go at creating one of those fabulously decorative illuminated letters found at the start of ornate books then this is your chance. You will be given a template to trace (to save time), or you can bring your own, before colouring it with beautiful bright colours. Then Janie will show you how to use gesso and gold or silver leaf to gild and burnish your piece of artwork. The results are amazing.
For this workshop you will need an outline of an illuminated letter, coloured pencils and two or three paint brushes. A very fine one plus two larger ones will suffice. These are to paint on the gesso before the gold or silver leaf is applied. (If you Google ‘Illuminated Letter Templates’ you will find a whole host of web pages that you can download for free. Janie will bring some with her too.
Flatford Mill FSC, Dedham, Colchester
13th - 15th March
Portrait Painting Using Coloured Pencils
Using coloured pencils this course is for students who wish to draw a portrait from a photograph. It could be a grandchild, a partner, or just a face you find interesting and inspiring. Janie will show you how to copy your photo and colour it to bring it to life on your paper. She will show you how to create skin tones of all shades, how to make eyes sparkle and how to tackle drawing hair. She will also show you how to achieve fine details like eyebrows, eyelashes and blemishes. Your subject can be old or young – as long as you find it interesting. Bring a good quality photograph and ensure your subject is large enough for you to see all the details. An A4 size or larger is best. Crop your photo if necessary as you don’t want to waste the paper with loads of background.
Linnean Society, Piccadilly, London
Illustrating Natural History subjects.
Tindalls - Ipswich
Painting and Drawing Redcurrants – Step-by-Step Watercolour & Coloured Pencils combined
Redcurrants are like glistening red jewels and, set against the bright green leaves make a lovely botanical illustration. Combining watercolour with coloured pencils, everyone, whatever your knowledge of these two mediums, should be able to complete this pretty fruit study in one day. The image and all other materials will be provided..
Cambridge University Botanic Gardens
21st - 23rd April
A Plant Study – Coloured Pencils & Graphite
This 3-day course will give you the opportunity to study a single plant of your choice in every detail. You will be asked to draw it, colour it using coloured pencils and then dissect it to make detailed drawings of the inside as well as all the parts. This may consist of stamens, pistil, petals, calyx, leaves and leaf nodes etc. You will finish the course with a complete botanical illustration of your plant. Your tutor will guide you on good composition as well as show you how to scale your work by using a scale bar.
Flatford Mill FSC
29th - 31st May
Botanical Illustration Using Coloured Pencils
This course, for all levels of experience, is designed to show the simplicity and effectiveness of using wax and oil-based coloured pencils (not watercolour pencils) to create beautiful botanical drawings of flowers, fruit and vegetables, all without adding water to the painting!
This exciting course is for those who may not have a previous knowledge of coloured pencils but who are interested in botanical art and wish to explore the wonderful world of coloured pencil drawing. Whilst no previous knowledge of coloured pencil use is necessary, basic drawing skills of plants would be beneficial.
Good quality coloured pencils are ideally suited to botanical art. Far superior to the ‘crayons’ we used at school, modern coloured pencils designed for professionals enable the user to create the most intricate and vibrant illustrations.
The course will begin by covering the basic techniques so that beginners can become acquainted with the pencils. Composition and observation of plant materials will also be covered at the beginning of the course.
Subject matter for this course will not be confined to just flowers as leaves, fruit and vegetables also offer the most exciting of challenges and will teach students a variety of approaches to their chosen subjects. Students may bring their own plant material if they wish.
Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria
14th - 19th June
Treasures of the Summer Garden
The early summer garden is full of the most amazing subjects. Using the very forgiving medium of coloured pencil, be guided through an exciting and relaxing few days of creativity. Draw your subject to show it at its best, choose the right colours, learn tricks of the trade to create a beautiful botanical illustration to be proud of. Demos and individual tuition throughout from your RHS gold medal award-winning tutor.
Cambridge University Botanic Gardens
16th & 17th September
Illustrating Seasonal Fruits using Coloured Pencils
With so many beautiful fruits around at this time of the year they make an ideal subject for the botanical artist. Juicy plums, pears, quince, apples, crab apples and even raspberries are all available in September. If they are still attached to the bough or twig, and with some leaves, then even better as these ‘extras’ add so much interest to a piece of botanical illustration, as well as giving the subject some ‘anchorage’.
You will be shown how to make your work look three-dimensional and ‘pickable’ off the page as well as how to tackle gloss, shine and bloom, hairs, defects and bark. All aspects of coloured pencil work will be covered including smooth gradations of colour, clean, sharp edges, shadows and fine detail and, of course, how to rectify mistakes!
Mick Lakin’s Art Studio, Peak District
26th & 27th September
Portraits from Photographs using Pastels and Coloured Pencils.
Using pastels and coloured pencils this course is for students who wish to draw a portrait from a photograph. It could be a grandchild, a partner, or just a face you find interesting and inspiring. Janie will show you how to copy your photo and colour it to bring it to life on your paper. She will show you how to create skin tones of all shades, how to make eyes sparkle and how to tackle drawing hair. She will also show you how to achieve fine details like eyebrows, eyelashes and blemishes. Your subject can be old or young – as long as you find it interesting.
Private one-to-one or group tuition
If you would like private tuition at any time throughout the year in the UK please email Janie at email@example.com
Demonstrations/Tuition to Groups and Art Clubs
The exact title/choice of topic can be discussed.
£200.00 for a full day (10.00am - 4.00pm)
£125.00 for a half-day or evening. (3 hours)
Travel is charged at 45p per mile.
For bookings and further information please phone 01473 311970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org