Seashore and Flowers: Landscape in Ink and Coloured Pencil
Tutor: Helen Hanson SBACourse Code: 3219-13


A new approach to landscape, using ink and coloured pencil in an integrated way to create a balanced image (without colouring in). Ink contrasts pleasingly with the soft, smooth textures of coloured pencil. Using a range of easily managed techniques, you will create seascapes with their appropriate local flora. Select what appeals to you - from Scottish heather to South Coast chalk plants - and bring your own images or choose from the tutor's inspirational collection.


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 chosen 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. (Please note that you will only need a small size (A4) as coloured pencil is decidedly slow art!)
An HB pencil
A good pencil sharpener with a very sharp blade
Erasers - putty and plastic
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/Scalpel
Feel free to bring your own shoreline photos, images or sketches. The tutor will also provide some inspiring 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, mark making in ink and wildflowers.

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

Assorted papers: Fabriano hot pressed watercolour paper, Strathmore Bristol Board Series 300 (smooth and vellum), 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.

8th to 9th Aug 2019
Thursday to Friday


9amCoffee on arrival
9.15amWelcome and tutor introductions
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

"Well thought out course with plenty of information and tuition, but not too much!  Everyone allowed to work at their own level and in their own way which I strongly approve of.  Classroom facilities good with plenty of working room. Good food."  (Summer School 2019)

"The course was excellent - a good balance of tuition and freedom to create our own end product." (Summer School 2019)

"Helen was delightful, well prepared and well informed." (Summer School 2019)

"A delightful, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable tutor who guided us through what seemed at first a complex procedure, to a high level of success.  I very much enjoyed it and will go home with a bookful of hints and instructions." (Summer School 2019)