This semester I have done a Lifelong Learning course called Plant Portraits, at Aberystwyth University (along with my Fine Art BA and another course in French). The tutor was Tereska Shepherd, a great teacher. She was good at demonstrating different techniques, giving advice and feedback, and really making the sessions interesting and educational!
“This inspiring, practical painting course is an opportunity to experiment with a variety of drawing, watercolour and mixed media techniques to capture the changes throughout spring as bulbs and seeds sprout, plants develop and flowers bloom. Throughout the course you will develop specialised techniques for depicting plants whilst enhancing observational, recording, colour mixing and compositional skills through the exploration of technique and study of historical and contemporary artists.”
A few of the studies I made:
The course was very inspiring and definitely helpful for my project! Not only did I learn a lot more about watercolour techniques than ever before, I also gained further interest in, and knowledge of the subject – plants.
I think Lifelong Learning courses are a great oppurtunity to learn about something outside of your degree. This is the sixth course I have been taking, and I have really enjoyed them all.