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LEARN WITH ME IN PERSON

"Mistakes are not mistakes, they are all part of learning and should be embraced, not discarded.
If we did not make mistakes, how would we learn? Take the good with the bad on
your journey and rest easy that you have learned a great deal! "


 

See below for the venue workshops and workshops I offer in Bristol

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Saturday Morning regular group tuition

9 Students Maximum -  Please contact me to join. Click on the button for more details. 
10
to 1pm - £23.50, 10am - 3pm - £33.50 (by arrangement)

For dates follow 'More details' link

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2023 - Brackenwood Workshops, Bristol

Weekend workshops in a small and friendly group. Click on the button for more details.

1 day courses £37.50
2 day courses £75

VENUE COURSES

2023

Oxfordshire Society of Botanical Art
Northmoor Village Hall, Church Road, Northmoor, Witney, Oxfordshire

10.00am - 3.00pm
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th March 2023
Two-day course, Basic Botany and Flower Studies.
Contact Ali Walsingham for more information.

Wales Society of Botanical Illustrators (WSBI)
Tredegar House, Pencarn Way, Newport
10.30am - 4.00pm
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th May 2023
Two-day course, Fine De
tails & Finishing Techniques. 

GSBI
Down Hatherley Village Hall, Down Hatherley, Gloucester

10.30am - 4.00pm
Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th June 2023
Two-day course, Vibrant Colours & Contrasts. 

Brackenwood Painters Group, Bristol

Wednesday 13th September 2023
10.00am - 3.30pm

One day Painting Butterfly and Moths

Private tuition one-to-one in Limogues, France

Saturday 24th & Thursday 28th September 2023
Botanical Illustration and colour application

SWSBA, Taunton

Wednesday 25th October 2023
10.00am - 4.00pm

Painting Fungi

Wales Society of Botanical Illustrators (WSBI)

Tredegar House, Pencarn Way, Newport
10.00am - 4.00pm
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2023
Two-day course, Painting Autumn Leaves. 

2024

Bath Society of Botanical Illustration

Friday 23rd February 2024
10.00am - 4.00pm

Awaiting confirmation of subject matter
 

Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March 2024
10.00am - 4.00pm
Colour vibrancy workshop


Northampton Society of Botanical Artists
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April 2024
10.00am - 4.00pm
Painting Butterflies & Moths

RHS Rosemore Gardens

Friday 7th & Sunday 9th June 2024
10.00am - 4.00pm
Basic Botany & Flower Dissection Studies

Copșa Mare, Sibiu, Romainia
10.30am - 3.30pm

Tuesday 1st to Monday 7th October 2024
Autumn colours and faded beauties.

Contact James de Candole
for more information
www.podart.space/masterclass 

I am so excited to be teaching a masterclass in the art studio of James & Rachel de Candole's home next year. Based in the village of Copșa Mare, Southern Transylvania, Copșa Mare is an area of outstanding natural beauty (AOB). Step back in time and enjoy the peaceful tranquility of this incredible place. We will collect interesting autumn subjects to paint during the masterclass.



























RHS Rosemore Gardens

Friday 8th & Sunday 10th November 2024
10.00am - 4.00pm
Painting Seed heads, Berries & Autumn Treasures

WORKSHOP BOOKINGS

Should you wish to request a workshop with your group please contact me at jackieisard@googlemail.com

BOTANICAL SOCIETY TALKS

Jackie has done many Zoom talks over the last two years. Should you wish to discuss a talk for your society or group, please contact me jackieisard@googlemail.com

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WORKSHOPS I CAN OFFER

I offer a selection of different workshops, listed below. If you require a particular subject not listed, please do contact me to discuss!

All my workshops include a set of detailed notes to take home.

Flower studies and a little botany (includes flower dissection)
2 days
Watercolour experience is needed

THIS COURSE IS BETTER DURING THE MONTHS OF MAY-SEPT
We will study plant form (plants brought into the workshop and provided by myself) and learn a little botany which is essential to make an accurate drawing of plant species. During the two days, you will create a plant study page that will include botany description details and a dissected flower painting. We will use reference books and my detailed course notes to work with. I will demonstrate flower dissection and you will have a chance to practice this (tools provided) yourself. You will learn how to draw a half-dissected flower accurately. You will also have a chance to look at flower reproductive parts under a microscope. This is a great way to learn how to draw plants accurately and understand their anatomy!
This workshop is also available as a one-day course which does not include making a study page as there would not be time. Bring a flowering plant. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Dissecting and Illustrating Flowers

1 day
Watercolour experience is needed

THIS COURSE IS BETTER DURING THE MONTHS OF MAY-SEPT
On this course, I will teach you how to dissect a flower and make an accurate dissection drawing in the correct scientific way. The course also teaches the botanical terms to understand the structure of different flowers. All botany is explained in an easy-to-understand way and includes course notes for you to keep. The basic materials are supplied but you can buy your very own dissection kit for £12. Helpful and friendly tuition all day. Bring flowers. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Colour Mixing Theory with a Limited Palette
1 day
No experience is needed
A little about colour theory is discussed to start with then with a limited six-colour palette you will explore how to mix the many colours available to you. We will practice beige tones, greys, warm and cool variations and how to make bright mixes. At the end of the day, you will make a swatch of mixes matched to a small plant. Plants need to be brought in by students. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Achieving Colour Vibrancy and Contrast
2 days
Watercolour experience is needed
More about colour theory covering how to achieve vibrancy and good contrast in painting. Pigment qualities will be explained and depth of colour demonstrated using the layering technique. Shadow tones and contrasts will be demonstrated showing how to achieve better depth in painting. All techniques will be practised by students during the 2 day workshop. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Fine Details and Finishing Techniques 
2 days
Watercolour experience is needed
Learn watercolour techniques for painting the finest details and achieving colour accuracy to create form and value definition. We will work with a small subject from start to finish with my attentive help along the way. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Paint one small thing beautifully and you will learn so much! Venturing into a huge botanical work before you're ready, will lead to frustration and disappointment. Baby steps lead to great strides!"

Painting seedheads and faded autumn plants
2 days

Watercolour experience is needed. 

On this course, we will learn how to create those beautiful autumn hues found in faded plants and seedheads. Master the beige and earthy tones palette! Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Drawing leaves, perspectives and shapes
1 day
All levels welcome 
Leaves can be one of the trickiest things to draw. On this one-day workshop, I will show you the techniques to accurately draw leaves and master foreshortening. Bring a selection of leaves. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Painting leaves, shapes, colour and form
2 days
Watercolour experience needed
Leaves are the trickiest things to paint and I have to admit they are not one of my favourite subjects! It is, however, very good to know the techniques to make a leaf look realistic with the correct colours and form. On this two-day workshop, I will show you the techniques to accurately paint leaves. Bring a selection of leaves. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Painting Autumn Leaves

2 days
Watercolour experience needed
Painting Autumn Leaves is all about golden colours, fine detailing,
blemishes and patterning. They are one of the most beautiful subjects to paint! You will receive my helpful guidance throughout the workshop. Select a leaf from my collection or bring your own specimen. Leaves may be attached to a small branch.

Painting Fungi
2 days
Watercolour experience needed
Learn a little about the world of fungi and their importance to the environment. Painting fungi is all about fine detailing, blemishes, patterning, gills and sometimes very subtle colour tones. A most interesting subject to paint! You will receive my helpful guidance throughout the workshop! Select a fungi of your choice from my specimens or your own specimens.


Painting Fruit - patterns, textures and colour
2 days
Watercolour experience needed
Learn how to paint a Pear beautifully and then go on to paint a fruit subject of your choice. Patterns, textures and colour are common in fruits so it is a lovely subject to explore and refine your skills! Bring a fruit of your choice and a Pear. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.


Beginners watercolour for botanical - Coming soon!
1 day
Beginners welcome. 
Learn how to use watercolour by learning various techniques that are essential for botanical illustration. The course will cover application techniques, layering, colour toning, fine detailing, highlights and shadowing. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Botanical Illustration Course - Coming soon and online!
4 or 5 days
Watercolour experience is needed 
Learn about Botanical Illustration with my help on hand all through the course. Demonstrations on brush techniques, botany and colour application. During our workshop, we will learn how to take time to really look at a subject, make an accurate drawing, build a composition, and paint your subject beautifully. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.


Painting Butterflies and Moths 
2 days
Watercolour experience is needed 
Choose from my large selection of butterfly and moth specimens and learn how to paint these beautiful insects in watercolour. Techniques will be demonstrated and lots of help throughout the day. I have a large collection to choose from or bring your own. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Paint a Peacock Butterfly 
1 day
Watercolour experience is needed 
Learn how to draw and paint this beautiful butterfly in watercolour. Techniques will be demonstrated and lots of help throughout the day. The drawing from a template supplied will need to be done in advance. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Pen and Ink
1 or
 2 days
All levels welcome 
This media is so useful to master and helpful when drawing flower dissections or detailed and refined botanical sketches of plants. Using Uni-pin fine liners or a dip pen, we will make drawings of plants or nature subjects, then learn how to create texture and apply dots or lines to create form. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Painting Feathers
1 day
Watercolour experience is needed. 
Learn how to paint a beautiful feather in the finest detail with my undivided help throughout the day. Various subjects to choose from or bring your own. 

Painting Seaside Treasures
2 days
Watercolour experience is needed
Choose from my large selection of shells and seaside subjects or bring your own. Learn how to draw shells accurately and paint them to reflect their unique forms. Other subjects like crabs, seaweeds and mermaid purses can be painted too. I have a lot of subjects to choose from or bring your own. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Perfect Berries
1 day
Watercolour experience is needed
Learn how to paint perfect tree or fruit berries using my techniques for achieving shine and good colour values. Bring your own berries or select from mine. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Paint a Strawberry

1 day or 2 day option

Watercolour experience is needed

Doesn't everyone just want to paint a strawberry!.... but they seem so hard. I will show you the techniques and colour mix tones needed to paint your very own strawberry. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep. Helpful, friendly and prompt tuition all day! Bring strawberries.

Painting Garlic and Onions
1 day or 2 day option
Watercolour experience is needed. 
Learn how to paint the papery skins of onions and garlic with my guidance all through the course. This workshop is better as a two-day course to ensure a lot of painting can be done. Various subjects to choose from or bring your own. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Wet-in-wet technique
1 day
Watercolour experience is needed. 
Master this useful technique with my help. See how colour can be built up quickly on the first layers saving time and creating a great backdrop to your painting before adding in the fine details. Various subjects to choose from or bring your own. Includes detailed course notes for you to keep.

Many more subjects are available, please email me to make your suggestions and I will do my best to accommodate you!

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Private one-to-one tuition, Brackenwood, Bristol

Do you need help with your botanical painting techniques or coursework? I run one-to-one sessions for a small group of 1-3 students maximum at Brackenwood Plant & Garden Centre, Bristol (Thursdays, Fridays or Sundays). You will receive my helpful, undivided attention to improve your skills!

10am - 1pm - 1 student @ £95  / 2 students @ £47.50  / 3 students @ £32 per person
10am - 3pm - 1 student @ £160 / 2 students @ £80 / 3 students @ £55 per person


 

Private one-to-one tuition per hour, Almondsbury, North Bristol

Do you need help with your botanical painting techniques or coursework? Visit me at my studio in Bristol. 

1 hour @ £25 (by arrangement)
2 hours @ £50 (by arrangement)
3 hours @ £75 (10am - 1pm by arrangement)
5 hours @ £125 (10am - 3pm by arrangement)

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