Botanical Drawing with Yanny Petters

Botanical Drawing with Yanny Petters at The Art Hand

Arrival and Registration is on Thursday October 11th  at 7pm and the course runs for three full days from the Friday morning at 9am until 5pm on Sunday 14th October 2012.

This is an intensive weekend course in Botanical Drawing with emphasis on Autumn fruits.

Autumn is a wonderful time to examine plants as they will now be full of character and expression. So in this course you will look at the elements which make autumn the most colourful and rewarding time of the year for an artist.

The course begins with a brief history of drawing, especially botanical illustration. Drawing is an essential part of making any kind of art or craft. Many art forms are influenced by nature and this course helps you to hone your observation skills and to translate what you see onto paper.

On the first day participants will work from natural objects in the studio, using different mediums such as charcoal, conté, pen and pencil. Each stage of the course will include demonstrations by the artist. Key elements of the course include basic mark making sometimes using actual plants to draw with, composition, perspective and creating the illusion of three-dimensionality.

On the second day you will go outside and draw from the environment. Even if it’s a bit wild out, it’s exciting to experience the elements while doing some sketching! It will be possible to source specimens on site to work from, beginning by sketching them in the field and taking note of their habitat. This is how Yanny herself works, bringing sketches and samples back to the studio to develop further.

Day three will be spent in the studio working up a chosen drawing, which will draw on the material sourced in the previous days. To end we will discuss the work in an open non-critical forum to help you understand the achievements of the course.

The course allows individuals to explore and stretch their individual style and technique experimenting with different tools to see how each person’s character influences their work. The course is suitable for all levels and participants will be given plenty of individual attention.

All the necessary materials will be provided but if you have materials you would like to experiment with please bring them along. You will leave with a stack of experimental drawings and lots of artist’s tips from which you can develop further work.

The Cost for this course is €295 which includes your evening meal on Friday and Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Accommodation is not included but can be arranged nearby. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.

For more about our courses and your stay please see our Info page HERE.

The Art Hand tutor and Botanical Painter Yanny Petters


About Yanny Petters; Yanny trained as a sign writer and gilder in the early 1980s. Since then Yanny has been painting studies of Irish wild plants. Her fascination with colour, form and detail and her interest in botanical art stems from her work as a sign writer where plant design themes were common. Yanny works in watercolours, oils and ‘painting on glass’, a technique she has been developing since her sign writing years.

Exhibiting since 1995 Yanny had a joint show with Michael Gemmell, ‘The Living Bog’ at the Davis Gallery in 2003. As part of the Dr. Shirley Sherwood collection in the U.K. she was honoured to be included in “1000 Years of Botanical Art” at the Ashmolean in Oxford, England in 2005. Yanny has solo exhibitions every two years. In 2008 she collaborated with Bird Watch Ireland in Wicklow County Council celebrating the Nature Reserve at Blackditch and also ‘Field Work’ in the Riverside Gallery in Arklow.

Since that she has had a work in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew, London, as part of ‘The Art of Plant Evolution’ exhibition in 2009. A number of her ‘Glass Paintings’ are in the Wicklow Mountains National Park headquarters and in the Connemara National Park Visitors Centre. Yanny is a member of The Watercolour Society of Ireland and the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club with whom she exhibits annually. She has recently had work added to the HSE collection as part of a Percent for Art Scheme. Yanny regularly gives workshops in drawing and watercolour painting.

Botanical Drawing with Yanny Petters at The Art Hand

Blackberry by Yanny Petters

We have put a selection of Yanny’s art together HERE.

To see more of her artwork please have a look at her website HERE.

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