Amber Halsall – Coloured Pencils for Beginners and Improvers, Holly
This one-day course in coloured pencil would suit both beginners and the more experienced. Working from life, we will cover all the techniques necessary to portray an accurate holly study. Amongst other things we will use layering and blending to create the appropriate colours, mix colours to match the plant, when to use embossing techniques and how to create realistic texture and detail. There will be regular demonstrations throughout the day and plenty of one-to-one help so that you will be able to work at your own pace.
Includes homemade lunch and refreshments
About the artist
Based in Kent Amber is an award winning contemporary Botanical Artist and Tutor working mainly in coloured pencil, graphite and watercolour. She is a member of the Soc of Botanical Artists and the Soc of Graphic Fine Art and exhibits in London at member shows as well as in local exhibitions. Her work can be found in private collections around the world including China, America and Europe. Inspired by the natural world around her she portrays botanical subjects in a contemporary way often portraying her subjects in motion using a mixture of loose and detailed style in the same picture.
What you will need to bring
Hot pressed watercolour paper or heavy weight smooth cartridge paper (available to buy on the day)
Graphite pencil and plastic eraser.
Blue tack or putty rubber.
Embossing tool or empty ball point pen.
Any artist’s quality coloured pencils you may have that you would like to use.
Recommended colours (these are suggestions only)
Faber Castell – greens – 168, 167, 278, 174
Black or dark brown
A light red and a dark red – 225 and 118
Suggested brands – Faber-Castell Polychromos, Prismacolour, Caran d’ache pablo.
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