Burren botanical drawing

Textures and colours in plants

Ida Mitrani
Faculty: Ida Mitrani
Dates: 14th-18th  August 2023

This five day workshop is an introduction to the texture and colours found in plants. Inspired by the flora of the Burren habitat, the participants will use drawing tools to represent the geometrical shapes and curves that underlie a plant’s structure.

The course involves a range of drawing and painting exercises using graphite pencils and watercolour paint to accurately capture the texture of the chosen subject. A series of practical demonstrations will include line drawing, measurement of leaves and flower heads, pencil and brush techniques.

There will be an emphasis on sketchbook work including observational drawings and colour chart preparation for accurate depiction of the plants found in the area. Field trips to the Burren will give students the opportunity to photograph and sketch plant specimens for use in further studio work.



Tutor bio
Ida Mitrani is a Turkish born French visual artist living in Ireland since 1997. She received a First Class Honours Masters degree in Art and Process from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2021, a BA in Fine Art in 2003 and a Diploma in Animation in 2002 from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology Dun Laoghaire.
Group exhibitions include Sample-Studios in collaboration with CCAD Drawbridge at MTU and the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, Roscommon Arts Center, Visual Carlow, GOMA Waterford, Lexicon gallery, Temple Bar gallery & Studios, Oonagh Young gallery, Cross gallery and a solo show in NAG in Dublin.

Recent awards include the Arts Council Agility (2022), Dublin Arts Office residential space (2022) and the Arts for Health residency award at Uillinn West Cork Arts Center (2021).
Her work is now part of the Crawford MAAP Graduate Collection, the public collection in the National Library in Dublin, the National Archives of Ireland and the Arts Office in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.
Thank you, Ida, for sharing your passion, talent and enthusiasm for the art of botanical drawing with us and fascinating patterns in plants in a new way. It was an eye-opener. I promise myself to "keep going" and nurture the gift which you have begun to excavate little by little and hopefully meet again soon.
Anne Douglas, May 2019
Thank you, Ida! It was such a wonderful week, I’ve learned so much from you and appreciated your highly skilled and very patient instruction.
John Scott Graf, May 2019