Classical Art Atelier

Botanical Watercolour Painting

3-Day Workshop with Mary Dillon

The process of making botanical art requires patience and forbearance - personal skills that are particularly challenging in today's fast and furious world. In this three-day introduction to botanical watercolour painting, award-winning artist, Mary Dillon, will guide you through her process of capturing the very essence of the plant - its beauty, frailty, strength and intimacy, in a scientifically truthful manner. This workshop is suitable for newcomers to botanical art, and also provides lots of new tips for more advanced artists.

The Botanical Watercolour Painting Workshop will take place at Nano Nagle Place in CORK CITY, on Friday 06, Saturday 07 and Sunday 08 September 2019.

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In this workshop you will be shown a method of watercolour painting using autumn-winter botanical art subjects.

You will learn fundamental artistic concepts about colour, light, form and texture, as well as being introduced to various watercolour techniques. Starting with sketching, dry-brush techniques and the application of different washes, you will then be shown how to approach tone and form. You will also learn how to set up your palette and capture colour, light and transparency. Mary will also explain what materials are best to work with and will demonstrate how to use them. Students will receive individual critiques and practical advice at all stages of their watercolour painting process.

Mary will also encourage you to think more deeply about the process: to reflect on your painting, the subject matter, and what botanical art means to you; to analyse what makes a successful painting; to gain knowledge and understanding by considering the underlying elements of botanical art; and to challenge yourself to build on your existing skills and to develop your painting further.

Materials List
  • Basic materials included*
  • Handouts
  • Practical exercises
  • Live Demonstrations
  • Refreshments provided

*Students will be required to bring certain materials.

"From their unfurling to the sensuality of petals in full bloom to the fading beauty of petals in their fragile moments, we will capture these moments using wet and dry watercolour techniques, exploring the nuances of colour, light, and form, to bring vitality to our painting."

Mary Dillon, Botanical Watercolour Artist and Instructor

Workshop Details

The Botanical Watercolour Painting Workshop will be held in Cork City in September 2019.
See the dates and details for this workshop below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.

# Venue Duration Days Times Dates Cost
1 Nano Nagle Place CORK 3 Days Friday to Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm 06-08 September 2019 € 300

Important Notes

  • Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • Classical Art Atelier reserves the right to cancel any workshop at any time if the minimum number of students required is not reached. In such cases, your fee will be fully refunded.
  • It is recommended that you take out insurance to cover travel and accommodation costs in the event that this workshop is cancelled.

About Mary Dillon

Watercolour Painting Instructor

Mary Dillon is an Irish botanical artist. Preferring to work in large format, Mary enjoys capturing the essence of a plant with it’s sensuality and frailty. Colour, light and form fascinate her.

Mary’s work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in San Francisco, Madrid, Frankfurt and London. Mary recently received the Anne Marie Carney Award for best painting in an inaugural international show and the Jean Emmons People’s Choice award at the ASBA (American Society of Botanical Artists) exhibition in San Francisco, October 2017. She was awarded Gold Medal and Best in Show in Botanical and Floral Art at Bloom, Dublin, 2016, and Gold and Silver Medals at Bloom, 2017.

Mary has been elected an Associate Member of the Society of Botanical Artists, UK and a member of the Watercolour Society of Ireland. She was the founding chairperson of the Irish Society of Botanical Art.

Mary enjoyed teaching botanical art in Barcelona in 2017 and she looks forward to returning this year. She was invited to teach at the annual ASBA conference in 2017 and again in St. Louis in October 2018. She recently joined the teaching team at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art in the Chelsea Physic Gardens, London.

Mary finds teaching botanical art particularly rewarding as it provides the perfect opportunity to bring together her three passions of watercolour painting, plants and working with people. Visit to see her work.

Materials List

Botanical Watercolour Painting Workshop

This is a suggested list of the materials you will need. All colours are from Winsor & Newton. Similar colours can be found in other manufacturers' ranges. If possible, please buy artists' quality paint for best results. All materials and equipment are available at Cork Art Supplies, where you will be entitled to a 10% discount upon enrolling for this workshop, or at Jackson's Art Supplies UK

  • Aureolin
  • Indian Yellow
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Permanent Rose
  • Permanent Sap Green
  • Manganese Blue
  • French Ultramarine
  • Perylene Maroon
  • Winsor Dioxazine Violet
  • Burnt Sienna
  • No.6 Round
  • No.3 or No.4 Pointed Round
  • No.1 Spotter Brush or No.1 Series 7 Miniature (W&N)
  • No.0 or No.00 Series 7 Miniature (W&N)

Hot Pressed (Flat Texture)
Fabriano or Arches, either in a spiral pad or in a block

  • Saunders Waterford or Arches Hot Pressed 640gsm / 300lbs, Extra White (single sheets)
  • Fabriano Hot Pressed 300gsm / 140lbs (block)
  • Fabriano Classico, Hot Pressed 300gsm / 140lbs (spiral pad, fat)
  • Palette or old white plate
  • H, HB, 2B & 4B pencils
  • Tracing Paper
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