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23 April 2022 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm SAST


This workshop series, hosted by noted artist, Willie Schlechter, will span over three days, exploring various techniques and mediums used in traditional botanical illustration. The course will focus on the accurate drawing of plant material, the application of tonal values and the mixing and layering of watercolor paint in order to achieve a realistic depiction of the subject matter. The three workshops naturally progress into the next, although they are not dependent upon the previous.  Botanical illustration requires the artist to work methodically, which makes it a very teachable genre. Using only a few primary colors, the artist is able to create very detailed and accurate paintings through a process of carefully adding numerous layers of transparent colors and adding detail with a dry brush.


Date: 23rd of April: Drawing the Line – Building up a Graphite Drawing with Tone.  The first of these three, one-day workshops will focus on the drawing of plant material. Step-by-step practical exercises will guide the participant through different techniques of drawing in order to achieve a final, fairly accurate representation of the subject. These steps will include blind contour drawings, which will improve the participant’s observation of real-life objects; making use of tonal values to achieve form and three-dimensionality; and adding texture and detail to the final drawing through various methods of mark making.  Beginners with some experience in drawing are welcome.

Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm

Location: Oranjezicht City Farm, 87 Upper Orange Street, Oranjezicht.

Cost: R500.  Materials are not included in the costs. However, Willie can provide paper and paint at the workshops on request for an additional cost of R100pp payable in cash to Willie for those who would prefer not to buy materials.  Please bring own lunch and refreshments.

N.B. Regret no refunds or date changes


Instructor: Willie Schlechter matriculated from the Lady Grey Arts Academy in 2000 and proceeded to further his studies at the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch. In 2004 he received a BA (Fine Art) degree and subsequently an MPhil VA (Illustration) degree in 2008. At this time, he started teaching Visual Art and Design at Stellenberg High School in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. Willie has worked mainly in watercolour within the genre of botanical art, and has received awards at various events, including the Kirstenbosch Botanical biennaleWorld Orchid Conference, and Botalia, Painted Flora, Lucca. Willie is currently teaching Visual Art at the PJ Olivier Art Centre in Stellenbosch.


23 April 2022
9:00 am - 3:30 pm SAST
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