How to Paint an Apple

How to Paint an Apple

Botanical Art Classes

Workshops and Personal Tuition

Black and white drawings

Hazel is happy to arrange personal tuition with individuals or small groups at any stage of Botanical Art experience. You may prefer a personal 1-1 morning class on a fixed hourly rate, or the fixed minimum daily rate can be split between a group of 4 or more students. Monthly workshops here at Guilton House will commence once again in spring 2018. Please ask for more information. See Hazel’s Landscape magazine feature on how to convey the form of an apple (read page 1 here, and page 2 here), and read her discussion on teaching inspiring and creative Botanical Art at ArtplantaeToday Read the interview.

Skills for Botanical Art
Botanical painting requires great skill and attention to detail. A successful botanical water-colourist must combine accurate observation, meticulous brushwork and clever colour mixing. Botanical knowledge or at least familiarity with the subject matter helps too! Through your art, you must appeal to all the senses; implying taste, touch and smell through the use of texture and colour.

Art or Illustration?
The very term botanical art is often considered a contradiction in terms. Botany is the scientific study of plant life; art its opposite, concerned with the senses and emotions. A botanical illustrator is required to produce a faithful representation of a plant specimen for scientific identification purposes only. A botanical artist can enhance a well-executed and accurate flat rendering of a botanical specimen and inject depth. Thus the image is lifted out of the constraints of scientific analysis and into the dynamic world of plant portraiture, producing a captivating work of art.

The Origins – Where Art Meets Science
Before the invention of the camera, there was a need to accurately document new natural discoveries. Dried and pressed samples could never accurately capture the colours and context of the plant in its natural environment. For this reason, botanical illustration is still one of the principal methods by which plants are recognised and published in scientific journals.

Well Known Amateurs
One well-known amateur botanist, Beatrix Potter, focused mainly on insects, animals and fungi of Britain, before illustrating her children’s books. Marianne North, a Victorian amateur botanical artist, left Britain in search of new discoveries. She painted over 800 pictures depicting her travels, now housed at The Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, who have commissioned and bought several of Hazel’s works.