Winter Into Spring: Ink and Coloured Pencil LandscapeCourse Cancelled
Tutor: Helen Hanson SBACourse Code: 0820-04


The unusual combination of ink and coloured pencil is perfectly suited to early spring. New twigs add a haze of colour to winter trees, land colours are muted and the first flowers are out to add interest. You will learn techniques for mark-making in ink and coloured pencil application and the two will be integrated to suit the subject. Some experience of coloured pencil work and composition is useful but not essential.


There will be a brief introduction to the different properties of coloured pencil and suitable paper types.
Students will learn the following skills:
Choosing the right image (your own or one provided by the tutor, as you wish) or developing a working sketch
Selecting, masking or cropping the image
Using minimal pencil guidelines
Mark making in ink (with artist examples)
Layering and blending coloured pencil
Embossing, lifting and texturing
Working in a way that integrates the two media
Conveying foreground and distance effectively
Creating shadows and highlights
Contrasting strength and delicacy
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 vellum surface) or hot-pressed watercolour paper. Please note that you will only need a small size (A4) as coloured pencil definitely qualifies as 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
Bring your own photos, images or sketches but please keep to the season so that you can use the relevant techniques. The tutor will also provide some inspiring 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)
Some small items available for purchase as well as paper. Max about £5.


This course is suitable for all levels, however some experience of coloured pencil work and composition is useful but not essential.

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Helen Hanson SBA

Helen Hanson SBA

Helen Hanson FSBA

Helen Hanson 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.


22nd to 23rd Feb 2020
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

"Really enjoyable - good mix of instruction and leaving us to get on with it." (August 2018)

"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)

"Helen is a very relaxing and helpful tutor, with enough guidance, but not overwhelming for learning a new skill." (August 2018)