Spithurst Road, Barcombe, East Sussex, BN8 5EB, UK. Tel: 01273 400606
Once you understand flower painting, then you can explore the subject in endless ways and in numerous mediums. However, I feel that the best way to start is using pencil and watercolour.
This 3 day course will cover the basics of painting flowers. We will learn to carefully observe the construction of flowers and leaves so that when painting them they make sense.
We will start by studying the component parts; single leaves, different leaves shapes and simple flower forms. We will then progress to pulling together those elements and painting a picture .
There will be a maximum of 6 students and we will work in the Bradness kitchen so that we can look out onto the garden as we work.
This course is absolutely designed for complete beginners or those who would like to go back to study from the basics upwards.
The days will start with coffee at 9.30am and finish at about 4.30pm each day. You can stay on until 5.30 if you wish.
Although my flower painting background started with Botanical Illustration, I personally have a strong desire to express in more free flowing ways the abundance of flowers and the joy of the garden.
My teaching approach is designed to encourage and inform you in whichever style you wish to explore.
We will work overlooking the Bradness garden, each selecting flowers and foliage from it for our inspiration.
On this course, we will work in pencil, pen, watercolour, gouache and ink. We will spend 3 days luxuriating in the peace of flower painting. The course is designed for complete beginners or those with some experience. We start on worksheets by drawing and painting simple leaves, then leaf stems and then single flowers. After that we progress to painting a picture which you will take home framed and ready to hang.
Paints, brushes, paper and flowers are all included. Also included is a lovely mount and frame. Do not feel under any pressure to finish your painting as these can be taken home but it is a fun and inspiring thing to do to
see your work with a finished presentation.
The days will start at 9.30 and finish at 4.30. For photos from previous courses please click HERE
Previous course photos
All the paintings and worksheets shown are from complete beginners. On day one of the course we practise simple leaves, leaf stems and flowers and after that we start to put them together into a painting.
2018 - 3 day course dates
All courses are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
August 28th, 29th and 30th Full
September 4th, 5th and 6th
October 16th, 17th and 18th
2018 Follow up session dates
Thursday 26th July
Wednesday 22nd August
Thursday 13th September
Tuesday 9th October
2019 - 3 day course dates
March 26th, 27th and 28th
April 23rd, 24th and 25th
May 28th, 29th and 30th
July 9th, 10th and 11th
August 6th, 7th and 8th
September 24th, 25th and 26th
2019 Follow up session dates
Friday July 12th
Thursday August 29th
Friday September 27th
'If you have always wanted to "have a go" or already paint, I can't recommend Emma's flower painting course enough. As a beginner I have completely surprised myself with what I have managed to achieve in 3 days under Emma's knowledgeable and encouraging tutorage. From beginning to end the whole experience has been joyful and definitely one I wish to repeat'. Jane
‘ I had never painted before Emma’s flower painting course – but having been a lifelong art lover and passionate about nature and all things colourful, I attended with some nerves about being no good and somehow failing. However these soon dispelled as I LOVED it from the first few minutes and even took home my first ever framed painting, which was incredibly gratifying.
Emma is a really lovely person - so friendly and relaxed, but at the same time hugely knowledgable; informative and a great teacher (as well as passionate about her art) that I lost all my inhibitions quickly at the start of the course. It was quite the most lovely three days I have spent for a long time – in beautiful surroundings; in a relaxed but productive environment and I learnt a lot. Not to mention the delicious lunches and home- made cake - a really nice group of other people at the same sort of standard as me. I have lost my fear of mixing and playing with colour and just trying anything- I can’t wait to do another course and it has inspired me to continue painting, and that most importantly everyone can produce something with the right help.’
Above and below: Flower paintings by Emma Burnett
Above and below: Flower paintings by Emma Burnett
Through the spring and summer, there will be follow up days for those who have already attended a Flower Painting course with me. We will work in the Bradness garden and I have also arranged that we can visit various beautiful local NGS gardens and work in them for the day so that we can enjoy lovely surroundings, a day out and different flowers and combinations to paint. The days will run from 10am to 4.30pm. You bring your own materials and your own food.
They cost £65 each or £50 if you book 3 or more.
Following the course you may wish to buy your own materials. Always try to buy the best 'artist' not 'student' quality paints. These can be named differently under different makes - just for confusion!
Paint colours. For a basic kind of set, that you can mix most colours from, I would probably recommend the following:-
Azo yellow - cadmium yellow - cadmium red - cobalt blue - cobalt teal (turquoise) - magenta - sap green - burnt umber - brilliant pink - paynes grey.
Inks. The inks we use are J. Herbin
Brushes. The brushes we use on the course are; Pro Arte Renaissance Sable in sizes - 8 - 4 - 1 - 00 and rigger size 4.
Paper. For standard paper that we used on our worksheets try Bockingford 300gm 'not hot pressed'.
For our main picture we used Fabriano Artistico 640gm 'not hot pressed'. It comes in soft white or extra white.
If you have any questions, do get in touch.