Art Events for Julia Jones Botanic Art - 2015
Exhibition Dates - Details coming soon
Exhibitions to be held in the Municipal Art Gallery, Aghios Nikolaos, the Art House, Heraklion and The Mosque, Chania. Dates to be announced shortly.
Here is a sample itinerary for a Botanic Art Workshop. Workshops can be adapted for any level of ability or to suit the requirements of individuals or groups. Other dates are available - please contact Julia for more information.
of Crete’ Botanic Art Workshop
13th October 2015
person of 7 day course: £900
workshops, field trips, all materials and half board accommodation at Corali
Apartments, but excluding flights
all you need to know to understand the techniques needed to produce your own
beautiful botanic drawings of flowers and leaves in the superb setting of the
Mirambello Bay and Elounda. The course is led by artist and writer, Julia
Jones, a Fellow of the Linnaen Society of London. Julia has a passion for the native flora of
the island and her work can be found in private collections around the world. She is Founder and President of the not for profit organisation Flowers of Crete which seeks to promote conservation
and environmental education on Crete.
Ophrys fusca – watercolour painting
© Julia Jones
This course is suitable for
beginners and improvers alike.
Mother and daughter from Norway on a
beginners’ botanical art course
Session One: Trip onto the local headland to draw
and photograph flowers and leaves.
Session Two: Understanding and choosing
materials for fine drawing and watercolour painting. This is a chance to try different papers,
paints and painting mediums.
and flower shapes. After a few fun
exercises to begin to train the eye, students will be shown how to draw simple
leaf and flower shapes
On a trip to a remote mountain plateau
Session Four: Field trip to Mount Oxa to find
wild cyclamen, crocus and squill. The
hillsides around Elounda are covered with autumn flowering bulbs in
October. A chance to draw and photograph
these beautiful flowers in situ.
Cyclamen graecum ssp graecum growing
Session Five: Preparing and stretching paper,
choosing subject and preliminary drawings.
Before starting to paint it is necessary to soak and stretch paper. Whilst it is drying there is a chance to
begin first drawings of chosen flowers and/or leaves.
Crete's flora is a focus
for botanists and artists from around the world. In this slideshow students will get a feeling
of the wealth of species to be seen throughout the year.
Endemic Autumn Crocus – C.
Session Six: Colour mixing and basic
watercolour techniques. Using their
workbooks, students will learn to mix a range of colours suitable for botanic
painting and experiment with washes, lines and stipples.
Session Seven: Refining and finishing master
drawing. work and with guidance from Julia,
will refine and prepare their drawing for transfer.
Session Eight: Transferring master drawing to
workbook and prepared paper. In order to
keep a complete record of their work, students are encouraged to keep a
workbook which will contain copies of their master drawings, colour matching
Session Nine: Starting workbook and colour
matching and colour mixing for chosen subject.
Students will begin to choose and mix colours for their final work.
Session Ten: Continuing colour mixing and
recording their results, students will decide on their final colours and record
pigment ratios for obtaining consistent results.
Session Eleven: Laying down first glaze and
understanding the use of light in watercolour work, students will begin to
build up colour washes on their final project.
Session Twelve: Understanding modelling washes and
laying down first modelling wash. This
session will show students how to obtain a three dimensional effect in their
Session Thirteen: Laying down subsequent washes,
students will begin to see the effects of multiple washes on the realistic
quality of their work.
Session FourteenJulia Jones. Keefe andother artists, this short slideshow
will give insight and inspiration to students.
Minoan fresco of Pancratium
maritimum – The Sea Daffodil
Session Fifteen: Techniques for shading and
finishing. These techniques will bring
the work together and complete the work.
Session Sixteen (Final Session): Beginning shading and learning how
to depict dewdrops and the shine on fruits and berries.
Seeds of wild peaony - Katharo Plateau
Watercolour study of Centaurea raphanina (c)Julia Jones
Detail of endemic Orchis
© Julia Jones
‘Julia is a botanical artist, who taught us watercolour
painting one day at her beautiful Cretan village stone-house, the next day
under an almond tree up in the mountains, another day we were on hilltop
overlooking Spinalonga. We had lunches in small mountain villages and on hidden
beaches. We looked for orchids and she learned us about the flowers and plants
of Crete. It is the best vacation we ever had,
and we are definitely going back next year.’
Bente and Marijit, Norway
Places are strictly limited. If you would like to secure your place,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 20% deposit is required on booking with the balance payable eight
weeks before the commencement of the course.