Burren botanical drawing

Textures and colours in plants

Ida Mitrani
Faculty: Ida Mitrani
Dates: 12th-16th  August 2024

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 artist and art facilitator 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 Cork in 2021.

She has taken part in several group exhibitions including Droichead Arts Centre, Roscommon Arts Centre, Visual Carlow, GOMA Waterford, Lexicon Gallery, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Oonagh Young Gallery, Cross Gallery and a solo show in NAG in Dublin.

Awards include the Arts Council Agility Award, Dublin Arts Office residential space, and the Arts for Health residency award at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre.
Her work is now part of public collections such as the HSE, the Crawford MAAP Graduate Collection, 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