Botanical Art: Painting Fruit in Watercolour with Sandrine Maugy SBA

Sat Aug 31 2019 at 11:00 am to 04:00 pm
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, United Kingdom

Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, United Kingdom

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From botanists recording varieties in local orchards to explorers illustrating their faraway discoveries, fruit have been a time-honoured subject of botanical art. In this masterclass you will learn how to give them form using light and shadows and how to mix the right colours to make them glow. You will also learn how to render the varied textures, from the thin satin skin of a pear to the leathery grain of a pomegranate. Insect damage and blemishes as a finishing touch will give your fruit portrait a personality of their own. Sandrine will demonstrate techniques in sketching, composing a painting, colour-mixing, wet-in-wet watercolour, harmonic shadows and dry brush work for the details. The day will consist of a series of demonstrations as well as one-to-one support and is suitable for all levels.

Required materials & tools:

Watercolour paper, Hot Pressed or Cold Pressed, preferably heavy weight (425gms and over), Watercolour brushes, preferably synthetics, in a range of sizes – for example 0, 2, 4 and 6, Artists’ Watercolour paints, in any colours you have, Drawing materials: pencil (HB or B), rubber, cartridge paper, Tracing paper, TraceDown transfer paper in graphite, Water pot and palette, Cotton cloth. The tutor will provide subjects but if you wish to paint a particular piece or variety of fruit, you are welcome to bring them. All the materials above (apart from the water pot and palette) will be available to buy from the tutor on the day (cash only).

Failure to bring advised items may result in you not being able to participate in some activities within the workshop. 

Please note that Mall Galleries has a limited number of easels on-site. It is advised that you bring your own portable easel where possible. Drawing boards can be provided.



Mall Galleries cafe will be closed. Please note that you are advised to bring a packed lunch on the day. Refreshments bought outside the premises are permitted in the gallery.


Minimum attendee number:

If the minimum attendee number is not met for each workshop, Mall Galleries/Federation of British Artists (FBA) will be required to cancel the class. Mall Galleries/FBA set the minimum attendee number for each workshop. Mall Galleries/FBA will endeavour to give at least 24 hours notice of cancellation to all booked participants. In the case of a Mall Galleries/FBA cancellation, we will refund the ticket cost to those already booked. Mall Galleries/FBA cannot be held responsible, financially or otherwise, for additional costs incurred by participants.


Cancellation Policy:

Booked attendees can cancel, with a full refund, until 04 August 2019. Any cancellations from and including 05 August 2019 onward will forfeit the full ticket price. 

Non-attendees will forfeit their full ticket price. Mall Galleries/FBA is not responsible for any reasons relating to non attendance, including, but not limited to, illness and travel disruptions. Please contact Mall Galleries/FBA on 0207 930 6844 should you be running late on the day, or if you are not able to attend. Late arrivals will be permitted.

Please ensure your email and mobile phone number are correct at time of booking. Should your details change, please ensure you update your records with us.

Should Mall Galleries/FBA deem the circumstance necessary we reserve the right to change the tutor.

Image courtesy of Sandrine Maugey SBA (c) 
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