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‘An Introduction to Botanical Art’ with RHS Gold Medalist Ros Franklin FLS in the beautiful surroundings of Dormy House.

Come and explore the methods used in this traditional art form.
You will be shown how to draw accurately, and how to create three-dimensional form using continuous gradational tone in graphite.
You will also be introduced to the use of watercolours to depict your chosen subject in colour, taking away enough knowledge to complete your work at home, if necessary.

Suitable for beginners, and those with experience.

Ros Franklin has been teaching botanical art since 2008 through workshops at her studio in Hampshire and also at the Eden Project, Cornwall; for the RHS at Rosemoor in Devon; and for Field Breaks in Derbyshire. She has also taught on the SBA residential course, in Wales; at The Mall Galleries, London; and has hosted workshops around the UK for various Botanical Art Societies including Bath, Gloucester and SWSBA.

She has exhibited internationally and was made a Fellow Member of the Society of Botanical Artists in November 2018.

We are delighted that Ros is able to join us for what promises to be a very special day at a wonderful location. A wander around the grounds may provide you with just the inspiration you need!

The workshop is hosted and kindly sponsored by Dormy House Hotel in the stunning Back Garden light and airy room with access to the kitchen gardens.

Tickets £85 to include a light lunch and refreshments.
Limited to 12 participants

Tickets go on sale to the general public through the website at 10am on Friday 9th April and to Benefactors of the festival 1 week earlier at 10am on Good Friday

Materials List:
Drawing board and rest. Approx A3 size, and rigid, and kitchen roll as a rest.
2H and HB good graphite pencils
White plastic rubber
Pair of dividers – with two metal points
Ruler 12”
Cartridge paper – very smooth surface

White china mixing palettes for paints (an old white plate will do)
Magnifying glass, on stand or hand held, if you have one (can be useful)
Kitchen roll (for mopping up)
X2 jam jars for water
Brushes. One synthetic one for mixing.  At least 2  good quality sable brushes (either Miniatures or Round brushes)- check the points if you can. I recommend that you invest in the best sable that you can afford. For example:

Da Vinci Maestro Kolinski sable- series 10 or 11

Raphael 8404 (with orange tips to handle) are very good

Windsor and Newton Series 7 miniatures

Windsor and Newton Series 7 (non miniatures)

Size 2 plus Size 1 is a good starting brush.

Watercolour paper will be available at £3.00 per sheet (12×16″): this is 100% cotton, 140lb/300gsm, Hot Press.

Cartridge paper and tracing paper will be supplied for use

Watercolour Paints. NB. Always use Artist/Professional Quality NOT student quality.

I will bring plenty of paints to share around and will have small sets of paints to borrow or purchase on the day, but If you already have artist/professional quality watercolours paints bring them all with you. See list sent to all participants.



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