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Illustrating Spring Leaves

Leaves © Alison Cutts

Saturday 4 & Saturday 11 May, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Course tutor: Dr Alison Cutts
Course length: 2 days
Course structure: 2 indoor sessions, with a short outdoor excursion

“If you can paint one leaf you can paint the world” – John Ruskin (1819-1900).

Leaves are a key identification feature and a critical part of any botanical description: on this short course, learn to observe and draw spring leaves with botanical artist, Dr Alison Cutts.

On the first day, we will begin with a simple leaf to look at the basics of observational drawing and leaf structure. After lunch we will draw a textured leaf and apply pencil shading to make the leaf look more realistic.

On the second day we will take a short walk to look at leaves in situ on the plant. We will set up a specimen to observe the arrangements of the leaves along the stem and how their shapes change in perspective, and then use these observations to plan and execute a small coloured ink drawing of a group of leaves.

No specific knowledge of botany or prior drawing experience is required – this is an introduction and all you need is to be prepared to have a go! All materials and specimens will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own, particularly a hand lens.

Cost: £65 (Concessions £55)

Booking essential. To book, please go to Eventbrite here.