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Botanical – The Slow and Mindful Art

Elaine Searle, UK master artist and tutor offers botanical watercolour workshops, painting holidays and online courses

Not so fast! Learn to look not merely glance. You will find that slow can be surprisingly liberating. Give yourself permission to try a more mindful art journey – drawing and painting the slow and natural way.

Painting Holidays in Italy

Some spaces still available - all dates
Come to Umbria, Italy for a peaceful and relaxing break. Click through the links below for full details and pricing.
Add two consecutive weeks together and receive 1 night free making a 15 night break. This is ideal for those travelling long haul. Our groups have included guests from USA, Australia and South Africa.
25 May–1 June 2017
‘Flowers and Fruits of Early Summer’
includes an excursion to Assisi
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2–9 June 2017
‘Wild Flower Composition’
includes an excursion to Spoleto
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24–31 August 2017
’Late Summer Study Sheet
Includes an excursion to Spello with lunch in a typical local restaurant
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1–8 September 2017
‘Colours of Autumn’
includes excursion to Montefalco with ‘tasting’ lunch at an award winning vineyard
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  • “What a positive and inspiring experience it was to stay at 'Il Collaccio' for Elaine's painting holiday. She brought out the best in me by sharing her tips and techniques.

    I will never forget the tranquil ambiance in the classroom with the seriously working friendly students from all over the world. It is a learning experience by itself to look at each others work as well. And after a morning of concentration it is so relaxing to walk with new friends to the restaurant for a wonderful lunch.

    The afternoons I spend often walking through the meadows with so many wild flowers and enjoying the gorgeous views on the mountains in the distance. It was the most perfect holiday for me.”
    E.H. The Netherlands

Online Learning

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Aimed at complete beginners or those with very little experience needing to fill gaps in their basic knowledge of drawing and watercolour for botanical art. It is designed to be completed in around 12 months.

This course is totally self-paced with no set hand in deadlines for assignments. The course is presented online in a logical and well structured format supported by videos, exercises and assignments. Written feedback is given to assignments and six personal tutorial discussions via Skype are included.
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This very popular course is currently full. I will be accepting a few more students in July 2017.
Please download a brochure
for more information and contact me well in advance should you be interested in reserving a place. They do fill fast.

Short Courses

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20–22 September 2017

‘First Steps in Botanical Art’
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A beginners course. Suitable for the complete novice, those who lack confidence or need a ‘back to basics’ refresher.

Do you love flowers? Who can resist the cheerful colours and heavy perfume of freesia? Learn to observe, draw and paint cut flowers in this 'step by step' format Three-day workshop. An ideal introduction to the basic materials and techniques for creating botanical watercolours.

Demonstrations and individual guidance will cover the importance of close observation, how to create realistic 3D form, the principles and properties of watercolour, when and how to add detail. The aim will be for you to create a small botanical painting to take home.

Delivered in a relaxed relaxed and supportive learning atmosphere, ideal for the first timer. Lose the fear and get started.

£450 including VAT and light lunch

Enquire or book directly with CSBA

Don’t miss the re-opening of The Garden Museum, London this Spring

A contemporary exhibition comprising watercolours by fifty eminent botanical artists is to be staged alongside a display of ‘The Tradescants’ Orchard’, a seventeenth-century volume of sixty-six watercolours depicting fruit varieties that John Tradescant and his son might have grown in their market garden at Lambeth.

My painting on vellum of Heritage plum variety ‘Kirkes Blue’ will be amongst the works shown.
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