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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

Come to Umbria, Italy for a peaceful and relaxing break. Click through the links below for full details and pricing.
2016 PRICES HELD for 2017
Add two consecutive weeks together and receive 1 night free. These 15 night holidays are ideal for those travelling long-haul. Many USA guests choose this option.
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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

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2017 Short Courses

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13–16 February 2017

‘Beginning with Fruit’
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Suitable for the complete novice, those who lack confidence or need a ‘back to basics’ refresher.

Fruits are ideal study subjects when learning to create form, mix colours and paint surface textures. This four-day workshop introduces the basic techniques and materials for creating botanical watercolours.

Structured in a step-by-step format, with demonstrations and individual guidance, my ‘no fuss, no fear’ approach creates a relaxed and supportive learning atmosphere, ideal for the first timer.

£450 including VAT and light lunch

Enquire or book directly with CSBA

3–7 April 2017

‘Depth in Detail’
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Suitable for the intermediate level botanical artist who wants to take their work to the next level.

Step a little outside your comfort zone and tackle a ‘spatially layered’ composition. Learn when and how to manipulate colour, contrast and level of detail to enhance focus and depth.

To get the most out of this intensive five-day workshop, it is suggested that each participant brings a specimen and drawings of it. Guidance notes will be issued in advance to help you prepare. Class exercises will also be undertaken to reinforce the basic principles.

£750 including VAT and light lunch

Enquire or book directly with CSBA
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I so enjoyed talking to botanical friends old and new at the ASBA Conference in Pittsburgh and the opening of the Hunt Institute’s 15th International Exhibition.

See you in San Francisco!
The 2017 ASBA conference will be held October 12, 13, 14, at the San Mateo Marriott in conjunction with Filoli and host organization, Northern California Society of Botanical Artists.

Not yet a member of the ASBA? You don’t need to be American to join. Their members represent 45 states in the U.S. and 30 other countries around the world.

Check out their amazing website
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Distance Learning - online

FOUNDATION for beginners

If you want to get started in drawing and painting botanical subjects in watercolour, this could be ideal. Uniquely self-paced, it covers the basics in a logical and well structured format. You are supported whilst you learn with videos, email and Skype.

Sorry this course is full. You may like to consider joining when registration opens again in February 2017 please Download a brochure and contact me
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CERTIFICATE for intermediates

Do you want to take your botanical art to a new level?
This web based Certificate Course is designed for those who have already gained a level of confidence with the techniques of painting botanical art in watercolour.
The course title may seem familiar but do not compare this with other classroom based or online Certificates offered in the USA or UK.
This course is VERY different…developed to make you think about the bigger concepts behind the art. Composition, depth, scale and drama and also perceived problem areas such as painting white on white. Its not about acquiring advanced technical skills with brush and paint. It’s self-paced and you are supported whilst you learn with videos, email and Skype.

I have one place from eight remaining Download a brochure and contact me soon.
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