Course Code: SCF2423
Tutor: Zoë Nash
When: Sat & Sun 10.00am - 4.00pm
Dates: 25 & 26 November 2023
Maximum Enrolment: 14
Suitable for those with a love of nature and a passion for plants, this weekend workshop takes an open-ended, abstract and mixed media approach to representing nature via a range of expressive, intuitive, and experimental methods.
Whereas Flora I focussed on direct observation of selected plant specimens, Flora II examines how to capture the mood, feeling and emotion that nature can impart. Using botanical specimens as a starting point for inspiration, we’ll explore a diverse range of mark-making, drawing and painting techniques, tools and applications. Through this, students will develop strategies for creating dynamic and non-representational images that reference nature in more subtle and emotive ways.
Beginning with group activities, we’ll work towards slower and more self-directed projects that give plenty of scope for development beyond the classroom.
Flora II is suitable for any level of experience. You do not need to have completed Flora I, although students are actively encouraged to take both classes.
NB: Please remember to check the materials list for what to bring.
Flora - part II with Zoë Nash
A basic kit of materials to get you up and going is listed here. Specialist art shops are the best
option and will provide student discounts if you mention that you are attending the school.
Recommended stores are:
• Studio Art Supplies – Crummer Road, Grey Lynn.
• The French Art Shop – Taylors Road, Morningside
• Gordon Harris – Gillies Avenue, Newmarket and Symonds Street, Auckland Central
• Takapuna Art Supplies – Helensville or online
• a selection of pencils in a few different weights (e.g. HB, 4B, 8B)
• a selection of pens in a variety of widths and colours (e.g. a biro, a couple of Sharpies, a black ink writing pen)
• acrylic paints: black, white, yellow, red, blue (and any other nature-inspired colours you desire e.g. specific greens or hot pink!)
• a few paintbrushes incl. a medium, a small, a round pointed brush, a flat brush (2-4cm width)
• a drinking straw (recyclable?)
• A3 or A2 sketchpad or good quality drawing paper
• A4 or A5 watercolour pad
• low-tack masking tape
• watercolour paints
• Indian ink
• visual diary or notebook
Day 2 consists of a more self-directed project. It is difficult to know exactly what you might need in advance as decisions around this will be made on Saturday. The above media may be all that you require, however you may wish to source a more stable surface to work upon such as a board or canvas (which will need priming with gesso ahead of beginning). If you wish to incorporate other media, feel free to also bring them along.
NB: BSA has a range of paper and a selection of basic drawing media available to purchase on-site.
This list is a general guide only. The majority (though not necessarily all) of these materials may be used during the workshop as students progress. If you have other media that you would like to bring and incorporate into the workshop please feel free to do so.
Available until Sat 25 Nov '23 10am
Online payment includes payment fee of 2.9% + NZ$0.30. Offline payment details on confirmation page.
Standard Booking + $10.00 BSA Student Fund - Donation
A $10 donation will go to our BSA Student Fund - helping those who are unwaged or under financial hardship (with a Community Services Card) to attend our courses.