Abstract Flowers
Hands-On Workshop

Abstract Flowers

From the Renaissance to the paintings of Georgia O’ Keeffe and Andy Warhol, flowers have been a favourite theme for artists from all periods and movements.

In this workshop, we were inspired by the work of Sarah Illenberger, Freud’s Flowers, and we learnt different techniques of creating abstract flowers.

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Botanical Illustration
Hands-On Workshop

Botanical Illustration

Botanical illustration is a way of recording and identifying plant species. Plants are depicted in a scientific and accurate way artistically, usually in media such as watercolours.

In this session, participants were given the opportunity to look into plants in detail. We brought a number of plants to the class, as well as fruits, bulbs and seeds, and asked the participants to look into their morphology.

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The Beauty of Dried Flowers
Hands-On Workshop

The Beauty of Dried Flowers

Dried flowers are a great way to make blooms last forever and turn them into permanent decorations for your home. There are different ways to dry your flowers (some even involve heating them up in a microwave) but for the purposes of our workshop with St.Luke’s Community Centre we simply hung the individual stems upside down and waited for the moisture to evaporate. This process lasted for three to five weeks, and by the time we ran the workshop we had a good range of flowers to choose from for our compositions.

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Crafternoon Tea
Hands-On Workshop

Crafternoon Tea

St. Luke’s Community Centre in Islington runs an art club for the over 50s that needed a bit of extra help to encourage its members to get together. With a beautiful green terrace on the first floor, we decided to combine crafts with a welcoming drink and a visit to the garden to be inspired by the plants blooming there.

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Blossoms: Death
Hands-On Workshop

Blossoms: Death

Whilst we all admire plants when in bloom, garden designers and architects also embrace the decay of flowers: stems, seed pods and stalks add structure to the overall garden composition, regardless of their stage of life.

In this Hands-On Workshop we focused on colour, texture, form and structure. We observed a dried out flower bouquet. We drew our attention to the parts of flowers that make them look beautiful, even when dried out.

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