In-person Nature Journaling and Art Courses


Derwent Inktense is a fantastic medium for creating artwork both indoors and outdoors. Bright and vibrant, Derwent Inktense pencils are similar to watercolour pencils, except they dry permanent like ink. This allows you to build layers in a way that is more akin to coloured pencil than to watercolour. In this 4-week course, Alex will show you how to use Derwent Inktense pencils with confidence. The course schedule is as follows:


Week 1: Thursday 3rd August, 10-12.00 – Getting used to the pencils. Swatching and other exercises. In this class, you will learn how to use the pencils through wet and dry application, how to make swatching charts to get you accustomed to how the colours look, and which colours are best to buy for different applications.


Week 2: Thursday 10th August, 10-12.00 – Painting tonal landscapes. In this class, you will learn to do “thumbnail” landscapes in one colour, filling a page with different one-colour landscapes. This class may be held outside if the weather is suitable, although the distance to walk (to the river path behind the studio) is very short and largely flat. Bring something to sit on if you need to. For the brave, we will then progress to two and three-colour landscapes!


Week 3: Thursday 17th August, 10-12.00 – Painting plants and flowers. In this class, you will learn how to use Derwent Inktense in a more subtle way: for botanical illustrations. We will draw wild plants and flowers found locally, using fineliner outlines to create the drawing then using the Inktense in layers to build colour into the drawings.


Week 4: Thursday 24th August, 10-12.00 – Painting birds. In this class, you will use all you’ve learnt about Derwent Inktense to create a beautiful bird painting using photos Alex has taken of birds in and around East Devon. Guidance will be given on how to sketch the bird and then create realistic colours by mixing different pencils.


This course is held at The Nature Journaling Centre, Umborne Bridge Studio, Unit 1 Dolphin Street, Colyton, Devon EX24 6LU. The course price is £95 including all materials (paper to keep, Inktense pencils to be used within the session only.)

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