Summer Workshops

Botanical art - CANCELLED

Jane Stark

Faculty: Jane Stark

Dates: 14th – 18th May 2018


This workshop is designed for those who have some experience in the basics of botanical art and flower painting and would like to further develop their skills through an intensive five days of drawing and painting. Emphasis is on individual tuition and allowing students to work at their own pace and level of experience. Handouts on relevant topics will be available each day. Participants will begin by doing a series of sketches of a chosen plant and its component parts, making careful observation of important characteristics. A stereoscopic microscope will be available for examining details. Using colored pencils or watercolor, color charts relevant to the chosen plant will be added to the study page. There will also be a chance to practice various techniques to be employed in the final painting. An accurate drawing of the plant will then be developed, using the information gathered on the study page, with thought being given to composition, light and shade, color balance, inclusion of important identifying characteristics, etc. This drawing will form the basis for a finished painting on watercolor paper.

Tutor bio
After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada and working for several years in commercial art studios in Canada and the US, Jane Stark moved to Ireland, where she spent over 30 years working as a natural history illustrator and book designer. In 2004, she wrote and published, with her husband, a popular field guide, Connemara Wild Flowers. An early interest in painting highly detailed miniatures, combined with her knowledge and love of all forms of plantlife, led Jane to specialise in botanical art. In addition to painting both wild and cultivated plants, she curates the annual Claregalway Botanical Art Expo at Claregalway Castle, is a founding member and (until March 2018) Chairperson of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists. She runs botanical painting courses and workshops in Co. Galway. Her work has won awards at the Botanical and Floral Art in Bloom Exhibition and hangs in collections in Ireland, Canada, the USA and the Netherlands.

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