Learn how to build shape, colour and texture in this six week introduction to botanical watercolours.

The course takes place over six consecutive Saturday mornings and is led by Michelle Evans. Sessions will draw from the two unique gardens at the South London Gallery, the Fox Garden and the Orozco Garden. The course will focus on capturing the feeling of botanicals, rather than details, and enjoying the effects of watercolour to make colourful, expressive paintings.

Each week covers new techniques and practices that build towards an extended painting session in the final class. During the course, participants will also have the opportunity to make paints from natural plant-based materials.

Week 1

Exploring mark making and botanical shapes

Week 2

Building tone, light and dark, warm and cool, mixing colours

Week 3

Observing shapes in nature

Week 4

Exploring composition and introduction to Japanese botanical painting

Week 5

Making paint from plants and planning time for the final session.

Week 6

Guided painting session

You'll take home a colour chart, all your practice sheets, a list of useful resources, and a new painting for your wall.

The session dates are:

Saturday 29 February, 11am - 1:30pm

Saturday 7 March, 11am - 1:30pm

Saturday 14 March, 11am - 1:30pm

Saturday 21 March, 11am - 1:30pm

Saturday 28 March, 11am - 1:30pm

Saturday 4 April, 11am - 1:30pm

This is an introductory course and is open to all ages and abilities. All materials are included.

South London Gallery

65-67 Peckham Road, London, Greater London, SE5 8UH

020 7703 6120

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Opening times

Tue – Sun, 11am – 6pm (Wed, 11am – 9pm). Open until 9pm on the last Friday of each month


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