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Cambridge University Botanic Garden Courses & Events Programme

Basketry Courses 2017

Willow Bike Baskets

Making Willow Baskets (suitable for beginners)

£130.00

Description

Tutor: Debbie Hall
Date: Wednesday 15/11/17 to Thursday 16/11/17
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Price: £130

Learn how to make your own round, stake and strand basket, using willow in a range of rich colours on this two-day workshop. Led by local basket maker and willow grower Debbie Hall, the workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers. The two-days allow plenty of time to really absorb techniques properly without rushing, and to produce a lovely, shopper-type basket with rod border and wrapped handle.

For those who have previous experience making a round basket there will be an opportunity to extend your skills with different side weaves and borders, and those with even more experience may wish to complete a basket project of their choice.

Note: The Botanic Garden closes at 4pm in November so participants will not have access to the Garden when this course finishes.
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Botanical Art & Illustration Courses 2017

Illustrating insects

Illustrating Insects from the Zoology Museum

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Ian Loe
Date: Tuesday 28/11/17 to Thursday 30/11/17
Time: 10am – 4pm
Price: £165

Using specimens from the University Museum of Zoology and the Garden’s collections, you will be introduced to the fascinating, beautiful and sometimes bizarre world of insects. Although European examples will be included, the emphasis will be on the exotic; from Giant Atlas Moths to brightly-coloured metallic beetles. Teaching will include a variety of observational and drawing techniques, using pencil, pen and watercolour. Emphasis will be on individual tuition and artists of all ability are welcome. The course will include a brief talk about the insect collection by Ed Turner, Curator of Insects at the Museum of Zoology.
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Illustrating Harvest

Illustrating Autumn's Harvest in Coloured Pencil

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Janie Pirie
Date: Tuesday 31/10/17 to Thursday 02/11/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £165

Join RHS Gold Medal winning coloured pencil artist Janie Pirie on this three-day course focusing on the wonderful varieties of autumn fruits available at this time of year. Subjects will include apples and pears as well as a variety of other interesting material.

These are relatively easy subjects to draw allowing plenty of time to spend colouring your work whilst learning about layering, shading and illustrating blemishes to make the objects look truly three-dimensional. You will also have the opportunity to illustrate the inside of your chosen subject to create a piece of work that will be truly botanical. Janie will share her knowledge and experience with you to help you create a lovely study of autumn fruits. Group demonstrations and individual tuition will be given throughout the day.

This course is suitable for all abilities.
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Pencil Illustration

Coloured Pencil Illustration for Beginners

£60.00

Description

Tutor: Janie Pirie
Date: Friday 03/11/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £60

This is a constructive and detailed one-day course for those new to coloured pencil illustration led by award winning RHS Gold medal artist Janie Pirie. During the day you will be guided through the many aspects of correctly illustrating botanical subjects. Emphasis will be on the techniques required to use coloured pencils to create amazingly rich and colourful pieces of work. Janie will help you simplify your approach to drawing, master techniques to help you get the best out of your pencils, choose the correct colours and work on layering. Group demonstrations and individual tuition will be given throughout the day. The course is aimed at beginners.

Note: The Botanic Garden closes at 4pm in November so participants will not have access to the Garden when this course finishes.
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Botanical Drawing

Botanical Drawing for Absolute Beginners

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Penny Price
Date: Tuesday 07/11/17 to Thursday 09/11/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £165

This course will guide you through how to record a plant botanically on paper so that the observer finds out how the plant grows. You will look at examples of botanical illustrations, both historical and contemporary. Composition on the page is also important. Accurate drawing and measuring in pencil, simple dissections and composition on the final page will all be looked at. Initial work will be done in pencil and then transferred onto watercolour paper to either be worked up in pen and ink or in watercolour. Instruction will be given in both methods.

Note: The Botanic Garden closes at 4pm in November so participants will not have access to the Garden when this course finishes.
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Creative Workshops 2017

Paper cutting

Paper cutting workshop

£65.00

Description

Tutor: Vanessa Stone
Date: Wednesday 22/11/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £65

Vanessa Stone is a cut paper artist who makes clean lined, detail layered collages by cutting into a single piece of paper and “drawing” with a scalpel. During this one day workshop she will introduce you to the main techniques of paper cutting using craft knives and fine quality drawing papers. You will begin by making small practice samples and then create a beautiful larger finished piece of your own design, drawing inspiration form the beautiful plants in the Botanic Garden’s collection. Vanessa will be on hand to give one-to-one guidance throughout the day and teach you the central skills of making compositions from plants and natural forms that will be developed into collage.

Note: The Botanic Garden closes at 4pm in November so participants will not have access to the Garden when this course finishes.
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