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botanical drawing cacti and succulents

botanical drawing cacti and succulents

This week I’ve been busy wearing one of my other caps as  freelance teacher at Kew Gardens. The gardens are looking truly stunning at the moment as we prepare for Incredibles, our Summer festival which celebrates edible plants, complete with a dyed blue boating lake by designers Bompas and Parr. Yesterday I took groups of Year 5 children round the glasshouses for Art in the Garden workshops and couldn’t resist sharing some of their beautiful drawings. I began the session in the Palm House, amongst the tropical rainforest plants, with warm-up drawing activities: continuous line drawings, left-hand drawings (or right if you are left-handed) or blind drawings, before we concentrated on more formal sketching. Then we moved to the dry tropics which are home to barrel cacti and other succulents and I showed the children how to draw with oil pastels, working heavily before scratching into them with skewers to pick out details (sgraffito), which is always a massive hit. Such a satisfying day then, especially as I had spare clipboards so managed to get all the adults to join in.

rainforest pencil drawing Kew

rainforest pencil drawing Kew

barrel cacti drawing Kew

barrel cacti drawing Kew

cactus drawing Kew

cactus drawing Kew

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botanical drawing mini exhibition

botanical drawing mini exhibition

 

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