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On-Line – Sketching Plants: Tips & Techniques for Gardeners



Anna Ribo is a planting designer, garden advisor and gardening and sketching teacher. She used to be head gardener at the gardens at Long Barn and trained in horticulture under the WRAGS scheme but now focuses on her own practice and projects as well as offering freelance planting plans for other professionals. Her work is unashamedly plant based. Target audience: The course is aimed at beginners to intermediates – and anyone who would like to loosen up their line or is feeling a bit rusty and hasn’t practised quick sketching techniques for a while.

In this course, Anna Ribo will focus on tricks and techniques for sketching plants. She will look at how to find shapes that make drawing plants easier, how to capture the character of plants and we will touch on atmospheric perspective to create depth to your sketches.

Sketching regularly, even if only for a short time, will quickly improve your skills and give you a keener eye when choosing plants and assessing planting schemes. You will be encouraged to loosen up your line, train your observational skills and enjoy the process of sketching rather than producing a masterpiece at each session. The aim is to give you the confidence to practise. There will be practical, quick exercises that you can repeat at home when you have a spare few minutes to improve your skills. Sketching is a great way of quickly capturing a garden atmosphere. Being able to do a quick sketch to illustrate an idea is very useful when with clients. And observing plants and their characters through sketching can help you when choosing plants and assessing a planting scheme.

Items to bring: You will need something to draw on and with, ideally an HB and a softer pencil, a rubber, pencil sharpener and fine-liner pens. But Anna will discuss materials so wait with any big purchases till after the course.

Cost of this Online Workshop is £35 for members and £45 for non members


Event Details

Date: May 23, 2024

Start time: 18:00

End time: 21:00

Venue: Online