This workshop series, hosted by noted artist, Willie Schlechter, will span over three days, exploring various techniques and mediums used in traditional botanical illustration. The course will focus on the accurate drawing of plant material, the application of tonal values and the mixing and layering of watercolor paint in order to achieve a realistic depiction of the subject matter. The three workshops naturally progress into the next, although they are not dependent upon the previous.
Botanical illustration requires the artist to work methodically, which makes it a very teachable genre. Using only a few primary colors, the artist is able to create very detailed and accurate paintings through a process of carefully adding numerous layers of transparent colors and adding detail with a dry brush.
NB: This is the second of a series of three workshops. Book on this page to attend the second workshop only. If you want to attend all three workshops for a discount, please book here. To book individual workshop pages (Day One, Day Three) add each to your cart before checking out and making payment.
30th of April: Shades of Grey- Working with Neutral Tints in Watercolor.
The second workshop will focus on the monochromatic watercolor painting of plant material. The participant will be guided through different stages of watercolor painting in order to achieve a final, monochromatic painting of the subject. These steps will include an outline drawing of the subject; mixing neutral tints with the three primary colors; various techniques of applying watercolor; adding texture and detail to the final painting with dry brush.
Beginners with some experience in drawing are welcome.
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Location: Oranjezicht City Farm, 87 Upper Orange Street, Oranjezicht.
Materials are not included in the costs. However, Willie can provide paper and paint at the workshops on request for an additional cost of R100pp payable in cash to Willie for those who would prefer not to buy materials.
Please bring own lunch and refreshments. There is an Ou Meul Restaurant opposite the road if you would like to grab something at lunch/tea time.
N.B. Regret no refunds or date changes
Instructor: Willie Schlechter matriculated from the Lady Grey Arts Academy in 2000 and proceeded to further his studies at the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch. In 2004 he received a BA (Fine Art) degree and subsequently an MPhil VA (Illustration) degree in 2008. At this time, he started teaching Visual Art and Design at Stellenberg High School in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. Willie has worked mainly in watercolour within the genre of botanical art, and has received awards at various events, including the Kirstenbosch Botanical biennale, World Orchid Conference, and Botalia, Painted Flora, Lucca. Willie is currently teaching Visual Art at the PJ Olivier Art Centre in Stellenbosch.