I teach art workshops at Museum No 1 at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. These are usually weekend workshops and cover the depiction of fruits and flowers in various media – in the last year I have taught both pen and ink and coloured pencil drawing classes. I have also run pop-up workshops in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery to demonstrate watercolour painting.
All of my courses cover observation techniques, basic composition methods and how to produce a drawing of a plant that is to scale, botanically accurate and artistically pleasing. This drawing is then used as the basis of the painting/ coloured pencil/ pen and ink artwork.
See some examples of the wonderful work produced in the workshops by my adult students below. I have also added some pictures from a children’s art workshop that I ran last summer at Gunnersbury Park – the children did absolutely amazing flower portraits with chalk pastels on black paper – big and bold too!