Painting from plants and flowers

Course Dates: 01/03/19 - 22/03/19
Time: 18:00 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Louise West

Explore a variety of techniques from Japanese flower painting, contemporary and abstract flower painting, to floral painting in textile design. Discover the history of painting flowers in art and design.


What is the course about?

You will be introduced to a variety of different painting media and techniques to describe and observe a variety of plants and flowers. You will be encouraged to take an experimental approach taking inspiration from a variety of exciting contemporary artists and designers.

What will we cover?

We will look at the history and techniques of painting flowers and plants in art and design working from a wide variety of art traditions including Japanese flower painting, floral painting in textile design to more contemporary and abstract artists including Ivon Hitchens and Cy Twombly. Each week we will look at a different artist or designer and technique as our inspiration. These images will be used as starting points for discussion and as inspiration for our own personal expressions of the subject matter.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Apply skills in observational study using paint.
- Use line, tone, and texture, as expressive and descriptive elements
- Show confidence to select and simplify, complex forms
- Develop personal compositions and interpretations, using other artists as inspiration.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Beginners are welcome but some experience of drawing is useful.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group and one to one tuition, demonstrations and looking at images from other artists. The course will be hands on, with a bit of discussion to facilitate the understanding of why we do things in certain ways. The use of a sketchbook to record your thoughts and develop your work will be encouraged, and basic research methods discussed.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Basic materials including plants and flowers will be provided.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can progress onto a variety of observational painting courses such as 'Painting 2' or any of the life painting courses, for example, 'Expressionist life painting' or 'Structured life painting' . Alternatively, you may wish to explore working form the imagination on a course such as 'Painting and the creative imagination.

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Book your place

Course Code: VM657

Fri, eve, 01 Mar - 22 Mar '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £169.00
Senior fee: £169.00
Concession: £103.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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