This course explores Helen's fresh approach to landscape, using drawing pens and artist-quality coloured pencils. Inspired by the colour and profusion of our native wildflower meadows, we shall progress from demonstrations and a step-by-step approach to individual support for your own style. Creative ink and coloured pencil techniques, such as embossing and lifting out, are easy to learn and effective; this is slow art, but relaxing and rewarding in its results.
There will be a very brief introduction to the various makes of coloured pencil and pens available.
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
Mark making in ink with artist examples
Layering and blending coloured pencil
Embossing and lifting out
Teaching will start with a step-by-step image using demonstrations and individual help. You will then progress to your chosen image, with encouragement to develop a more personal interpretation.
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.
Bristol board such as Strathmore Series 300 (smooth) is recommended and will be available to purchase by the sheet. A4 size will be large enough.
A ruler, HB pencil and good pencil sharpener with a very sharp blade (M & R round brass sharpener is highly recommended)
Erasers – grey putty and standard plastic
Black 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 preliminary drawings
Feel free to bring your own summer meadow photos, images or sketches. If you need inspiration the tutor will bring some seasonal images. A selection of books will be available for reference on coloured pencil, ink techniques and wildflowers.
The following items can be purchased from your tutor
Bristol board by the sheet
Tracing paper if required
Suitable for all levels
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD
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.