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Thursday, 20 August 2015
Thursday - Children's Botanical Art
A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Karen to attend a demonstration on coloured pencil drawing. The artist was a botanical artist, who had won awards for her illustrations of apples. Botanical drawings can have up to 40 layers of colour on them and have to be absolutely correct. Even with today's technology it is argued that the camera cannot capture the true 'essence' of the plant. This inspired me to have a go at botanical drawing with the children. They collected their own plants from the canal side centre and attempted to capture all the details such as the veins on the leaves. This was a particularly challenging task so I was delighted to see how well the children did however one particular young artist showed a Stoke of genius with her detailed drawings!