This course introduces an unusual but effective mix of media. Tutor Helen Hanson was a professional etcher and has developed a style of working in ink and dry coloured pencil which creates a similar look. Unlike pen and wash, her method is not water-based, nor does it involve “colouring in”. Instead, the two media are integrated as you work, bringing the landscape to life with layers of rich colour, mark-making in ink and the use of easy to learn creative techniques.

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A long-time member of the Society of Botanical Artists, Helen’s work has always used plants in context. Taking the spring woodland with its carpet of flowers and tree forms as inspiration, we’ll create a fresh, vibrant landscape. This is slow art, but the process is very therapeutic and absorbing. You will have time to do one or two small images depending on your pace. There will be demonstrations and one-to-one help, with encouragement to work in your own style using your chosen images or nature itself. There are no rules, so your work may surprise you with its individuality!

About the Tutor

Helen Hanson is a Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists, winner of the President’s Award and a former Council Member of the Society of Women Artists. She was for many years a successful printmaker, exhibiting her landscape etchings in galleries and exhibitions throughout Britain. Always inspired by the natural world, she now concentrates on ink and coloured pencil landscape and botanical coloured pencil works and enjoys tutoring adults locally and at residential venues in the UK.

Helen Hanson spring woodland

Example Timetable

Check-in is between 1400-1800, if you are arriving after 1800 please advise us, so we can ensure you are advised of access codes, room key location, and room location. You will meet the tutor at dinner, and you will have your first session after dinner.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Picnic Lunch

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Artist quality coloured pencils (preferably non-watercolour, although these can be used dry) -Faber Castell Polychromos, Derwent Artistor Procolour, Caran D’Ache Pablo or similar.
  • A4 Bristol board (Strathmore Series 300 smooth is recommended). This will be available for purchase from tutor by the sheet.
  • An HB penci land ruler
  • A good pencil sharpener with a very sharp blade (M & R round brass sharpener is highly recommended)
  • Erasers -putty and plastic
  • Waterproof Indian ink pens Faber Castell Pitt artist pens (SX, S, F, M) or Staedtler pigment liner pens (0.5, 0.3, 0.1 and ultra fine 0.05)
  • A small sketch pad or cartridge paper for any preliminary drawings

About Flatford Mill

We have four buildings that are used for visitor accommodation. Whilst most rooms are either en-suite or have a dedicated bathroom, there are somerooms in The Mill that share showers and toilets at the end of the hall. If this is
unsuitable for you please make the office staff aware upon booking or as soon as possible. Please be aware that you are visiting a Field Centre that caters in the main for school parties; the accommodation is basic and dormitory style, but warm and comfortable.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Mon 03, April 2023 19:00 - Wed 05, April 2023 16:00

    East of England
    £197 - £312
    Helen Hanson