Annabel Barrett’s group was the Group Regional Winner for exploring Botanical Painting and Drawing for the teamwork putting together their art exhibition at Westcotes Library during Adult Learner’s Week 2014. Below are some success stories from students in her group.
Before I came to this class I had a career in design technology. So my ‘strength’ was in analytical illustration but experience of painting of any kind other than ‘filling in’ areas of colour.
I though Botanical drawing and painting would open up an avenue into using colour that could use my technical background.
When I joined the class I was impressed by the warmth of the welcome; not at all daunting in spite of most of the existing members being long-term participants.
Being in this class has been brilliant!
I can now use watercolour to enhance my drawing to enhance my drawing and I feel I am making real progress.
I am better at using watercolour.
What I am going to do now is get even better, and then try using pencil crayon.
Coming to this class has made me feel great!
Before I came to class I had been waiting two years to move house, due to racial harassment. I started the class just before the move. Somehow I only missed one class, the class was a constant lifeline.
I thought Botanical drawing and painting was just what I needed. A certain discipline in painting and observation. Watercolour techniques having their own technique.
When I joined the class: I joined the class while I was very stressed. I have kept sketch books for years but had got a bit lazy. I was very negative, having lost my self-confidence.
Being in this class took me a while to lose my nervousness and open up to the new environment. I am a very shy, introverted person.
I can now enjoy the work. I think the rest of the students (?) are as crazy as me. “A Great Bunch!” I have relaxed, which has helped me be more creative, also share our work and support each other.
I am better at I think I emphasise with the group. We have common ground. There is no ‘pecking order’. We are all beginners. We have an artistic journey to make.
What I am going to do now is I am hoping to continue with my education. My tutor, Annabel, runs a great democratic class. We are kept informed of projects and direction.
Coming to this class has made me feel very special. We are students do respect and appreciate the WEA’s support especially in these trying, social times. Thank you
Before I came to class I was retired, I took early retirement. I was a graphic/exhibition designer.
I thought Botanical drawing and painting was an ideal opportunity to study and learn how to use water colours.
When I joined the class I had little knowledge of using water colours and no knowledge on the subject.
Being in this class has made me aware of the beauty of botany and the difficulty of water colour painting. It has enabled me to meet creative and interesting people.
I can now have a better understanding of the subject and begin to learn how to paint and draw the subject.
I am better at water colour, painting and drawing (I hope!!)
What I am going to now is continue to paint and draw, until I am at least proficient in the subject.
Coming to this class has made me feel like I have stepped into “an oasis of creativity”. I am more creative and its great meeting so many talented and interesting people.
Before I came to this class I had always like drawing so I joined Annabel’s drawing class where she introduced me to watercolour painting.
I thought Botanical painting was too specialised for me to tackle!
When I joined the class I was a complete novice.
Being in this class I soon learned how to build up colours and create a decent painting.
I can now produce a painting which actually looks lifelike
What I am going to do now is carry on and hopefully improve
Coming to this class has made me feel more confident.