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Painting & Drawing Course - 3 x workshop sessions, 2nd, 9th, & 16th (10:00am - 12:00pm)


A short painting & drawing course - 3 x workshop sessions, 2nd, 9th & 16th March.

10am - 12pm. by Charlie Betts.

Related to Charlie’s work at the Watts Gallery as Artist in Residence with Anna Garrett, working in the surrounding woodland of the gallery and thinking about it’s history. Mary Watts was an influential artist and figure in the arts and crafts movement, she was also very active in the local women’s suffrage movement. One of her contemporaries was Gertrude Jeykll the renowned garden designer and artist. Both women were highly successful 19th century creative women. Both women had an affinity with nature, plants, flora and the landscape. This has lead me to explore these areas in greater depth in particular focusing on links and associations between women and plants and their properties, trees, flowers and nature.

The series of 3 workshops will explore different aspects of this area: the historical context of art, flowers, nature and notions of femininity; the properties of plants, alchemy, magic, healing, wellbeing and folklore and; a contemporary take - looking at how and why artists work with nature and flowers now with examples of powerful works by the likes of Joan Mitchell. Throughout the workshops a wide range of artists would be introduced, whilst techniques in sketching and painting, colour and the significance of colour and composition would be explored.

3 x workshops each 2 hours long.  Each workshop will be a mixture of discussion around the themes and relevant artists and experimental drawing and painting.

Class suitable for all levels.

About Charlie…We are super excited to be hosting this workshop with the brilliant Charlie Betts. Charlie holds an MA in Fine Art with Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with a BA Hons degree in Fine Art. Charlie has a studio in the Surrey Hills and has exhibited widely nationally. Charlie has extensive teaching experience in a wide range of settings and we are really pleased to be able to welcome her to Wattle & Daub.

Price - £70, Refreshments, cake and all materials included