Spring Woodlands: Ink and Coloured Pencil Landscape
Tutor: Helen Hanson SBACourse Code: 2019-06


Coloured pencil is increasing in popularity and combines interestingly with ink. Enjoy creating the light and shade of the woodland in spring with appropriate plants. Some experience of coloured pencil work and composition is useful but not essential. You will learn techniques for mark-making in ink and coloured pencil application and practise integrating the two to suit the subject. You will develop a small landscape creatively, without colouring in.


There will be a very brief introduction to the various makes of coloured pencil and suitable paper types.
Students will learn the following skills:
Choosing an image (your own or one provided by the tutor, as you wish) or developing a working sketch
Selecting, masking or cropping the image
Minimal pencil guidelines and transfer of image
Mark making in ink with artist examples (Hockney, Ravilious, Piper etc.)
Layering and blending coloured pencil
Embossing, lifting and texturing
Where to start on your particular image
Creating foreground and distance effectively
Balancing strength and delicacy
Shadows and highlights
Getting the balance of media right
Finishing touches – edges, smooth finishes, strengthening and softening
Teaching will be a mixture of demonstrations by the tutor and individual help. There will be a general feedback on all the work at the end of the course.

Please bring with you

Artist quality coloured pencils (preferably non-watercolour, although these can be used dry) - Faber Castell Polychromos, Derwent Artist or Procolour, Caran D’Ache Pablo or similar
Paper of your choice - Bristol board such as Strathmore Series 300 smooth or Fabriano 5 paper if you like a slight texture
An HB graphite pencil
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 sketch pad or cartridge paper for preliminary drawings
Small sheet of tracing paper
Masking tape/Ruler/Small spoon/Scalpel
Feel free to bring your own spring woodland photos, images or sketches. If you need inspiration the tutor will bring some seasonal images.
NB It is always preferable to work on landscape that you have walked yourself and observed in real life so that you have also absorbed the mood.
A selection of books will be available for reference on artists, coloured pencil techniques and spring wildflowers.

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

Assorted papers: hot pressed watercolour papers, Bristol board, coloured pencil specific papers (mostly 40p – £1 per sheet)


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Helen Hanson SBA

Helen Hanson SBA

Helen has always been interested in creating a 'window on the wild'. At school she loved art but followed the family tradition of languages and taught for 17 years before reinventing herself as an artist. She spent many years as a professional printmaker, exhibiting her landscape etchings throughout Britain. She was a member of Greenwich Printmakers for 23 years and a founder member of South Bank Printmakers. She has been in the Society of Botanical Artists for many years and was a winner of the President’s Award for her printmaking.

After years spent turning the press Helen decided to move into new territory, experimenting with landscape and botanical painting. Ten minutes into a coloured pencil class, she knew that she had found her next medium. A chance mixing of ink with coloured pencil led her into a new way of integrating the two media which she has firmly established as her own.


18th to 19th May 2019
Saturday to Sunday


9.30amCoffee on arrival
9.45amWelcome and tutor introductions for all
10am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all - residents may check in
2-5.30pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
From 7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session