Wildlife and Natural History Painting in Gouache

Art - Practical

Residential course

Simon Williams

6 April 2021 to 8 April 2021

From £241 Non-residential fee

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This course is designed for beginners and upwards and will teach you how to make a true representation of a wildlife subject using illustrative painting techniques whilst not requiring any high level of drawing skill. From source material provided, or from your own pictures, we will use the medium of gouache – an opaque watercolour that is ideal for this subject – to create wonderful lifelike pictures.

Demonstrations and individual help will be the foundation of this course which is open to all levels but will focus on the painting techniques and rendering detail with a watercolour brush rather than drawing.

Please note that the work will require a precise rather than a loose style of painting.

Residential Fees From: £353.   Non Residential: £241

Tutor information

Simon Williams SBA, is an RHS Gold Medalist and regarded as one of the UK’s leading botanical artists. From many years of illustrating, Simon has developed excellent skills in gouache, watercolour and acryl-gouache mediums.
Simon has been a member of the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) since 2002 and received Certificates of Botanical Merit in both 2001 and 2003.
In 2013 Simon became the Course Director of the SBA Distance Learning Diploma Course.
Simon is the author and artist of the book Botanical Painting with Gouache published in 2016 by Batsford. In July 2018 Simon was awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal for a series of paintings titled ‘A Broad Selection of Tropical Pitcher Plants – Nepenthes’, painted in watercolour.
Through his business SW Illustrations Simon has been involved with illustration projects for large agencies and design companies supplying artwork for books, magazines, clothing companies and brand designs.
Simon originally trained as a natural history illustrator and tutors’ botanical and natural history painting workshops throughout the UK and abroad. Each workshop is structured and organized with specific demonstrations. Simon makes plenty of time during class to assist each students’ individual needs and abilities.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.