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Last year artist, writer and broadcaster Sarah Simblet taught
The New Sylva: Drawing Trees, a course based on the book she co-authored with Gabriel Hemery, The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest & Orchard Trees for the Twenty-first Century. Sarah will offer this course again August 11-15, 2017 at the Ruskin School of Art. This 5-day non-residential programme is a fascinating and intensive exploration of trees and landscape, with a major component being fieldwork at Rousham House and its park by William Kent, the seminal landscape designer.

Sarah will also teach Botanical Drawing, a course designed to accompany her book, Botany of the Artist: An Inspiration Guide to Drawing Plants. This is an intensive
7-day programme in August (non-residential), and takes place in the Ruskin School of Art (the Faculty of Fine Art of the University of Oxford), and at the neighbouring University of Oxford Botanic Garden. 

Further information can be found on the Ruskin website. Reservations can be made through the University of Oxford’s online store.

Sarah will also teach a number of other amazing courses, including human anatomy. Details can be found on our website. 

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This summer the Ruskin School of Art will offer a new botanical illustration course with author and illustrator, Sarah Simblet. This five-day non-residential course is based on The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century, a book Simblet co-authored with Gabriel Hemery, Chief Executive of the Sylva Foundation.

Students will each make a sketchbook and then fill their books with illustrations. Students will also learn about tree morphology and how to compose a botanical plate. Included are two visits to the historic Rousham House & Garden.

This exciting opportunity will be held August 6-10, 2016. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Only six places remain available. You are encouraged to act soon if you want to take this class. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome!

Ruskin courses are only available to adults over the age of 16 years.

Course fee:

    Adult – £700.00 (currency converter)

    Oxford University students, staff and alumni (10% discount) – £630.00

    Students (with a current NUS card) and OAPs (5% discount) – £665.00

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This summer the Ruskin School of Art will offer short courses in human anatomy, botanical drawing, the foundations of drawing, and a watercolor course about painting landscapes.

Sarah Simblet will teach the courses about human anatomy, botanical drawing and foundation course in drawing. Her courses are based on her books Anatomy for the Artist, Botany for the Artist, and The Drawing Book, respectively.

Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > England:

    Botanical Drawing PosterBotanical Drawing
    August 17-21, 2015

    The course offers a unique opportunity to learn a broad range of essential drawing skills, including the best use of materials and techniques, while immersed in the rich diversity of the plant species that grow in both an historic botanical garden and along the banks and meadows of the nearby river Thames.
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    The Drawing Book 2015

    August 10-14, 2015

    Based on Sarah simblet’s internationally renowned book of the same title, this is a practical and inspirational studio course in how to draw and use your imagination. Through classes in the magnificent buildings of the Ruskin School of Art, visits to draw in Oxford museums and collections, illustrated lectures on the history, contemporary practice and diverse role of drawing in our lives, the practical explanation of materials and techniques, and also the making of individual drawing books, this course offers a clear foundation in drawing for the absolute beginner and also refreshment to the more experienced artist.
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In Ruskin Short Courses, teaching is delivered through intensive workshops, lectures, demonstrations and group discussions, with time for personal studio work. Participants are not expected to have any prior academic or artistic qualifications, except enthusiasm!

See Ruskin Short Courses for Summer 2015

Oxford University Alumni receive a 10% discount on the course fees.

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University of Oxford Botanic Garden

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is a collection of 13 distinct gardens and seven display greenhouses featuring over 5,000 species of plants. The garden offers educational programs for the public and for teachers. Together with the Harcourt Arboretum, the University of Oxford Botanic Garden forms the Museums and Collections department at Oxford University.

View the complete schedule of classes to be held at both the Oxford Botanic Garden and the Harcourt Arboretum. The wonderful selection of classes address topics such as: invasive species, bees, woodland management, willow weaving, tree climbing, plant identification and botanical art.

    The New Sylva: Drawing trees with Sarah Simblet
    Saturday 27th September 2014
    10.00am to 4.00pm
    Venue – Harcourt Arboretum
    Tickets cost £60 (includes a sandwich lunch)

    This workshop explores the magnificent collection of trees at Harcourt Arboretum and offers tuition in how to draw a tree using pencil, pen and ink. Suitable for children and adults, beginners and more experienced artists, Sarah will explain approaches to drawing structure, form and proportion, how to use ink, and how to capture the diverse characters of Autumnal trees. Bring along your own sketchbook and other drawing materials will be provided.
    Sarah is a graphic artist, writer and broadcaster, who teaches at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford.

    Printmaking Workshop at the Botanic Garden with Robin Wilson and Rosie Fairfax-Cholmeley

    Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October 2014
    10.00am to 4.00pm both days
    Venue – Oxford Botanic Garden
    Tickets cost £120 for the two-day course (includes a sandwich lunch on both days)

    Learn the techniques of traditional linocut printmaking with artists Robin and Rosie from The Wytham Studio. On this two-day course you will explore the Botanic Garden and transform your drawings into linocut prints.
    Robin and Rosie work with the reduction colour printing method which they will teach you to create successful colour prints. The entire process is done by hand with no large or prohibitively expensive equipment and their aim is to give you the confidence to continue experimenting on your own. The course will take you through sketching for printmaking, image composition, block preparation and image transfer, carving technique, inks and papers, inking up and printing.

    Imagining the Woods: Art from the Wytham Studio

    From Thursday 18th September until 31st October there will be an exhibition in the Gallery at the Botanic Garden by Robin Wilson and Rosie Fairfax-Cholmeley. (no booking required)

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Short Course at The Ruskin: Botanical Drawing

Artist, author and teacher,
Sarah Simblet
, will teach a one-week short course in botanical drawing this summer. Her summer course complements the beautiful and highly regarded book, Botany for the Artist.

Students will spend a week in the drawing studios at The Ruskin School of Drawing and at the Oxford Botanic Garden. They will learn a range of drawing techniques and study plants in Oxford’s historic garden. This short-course will occur August 25-29, 2014. To learn more, click here.

While on the course website, be sure to click-through to read about Sarah’s current project illustrating trees for the The New Sylva, a book about British trees inspired by the world’s first comprehensive study of trees that was published in 1664. This new title is now available for pre-order. Order this book through the Sylva Foundation’s website and 100% of the proceeds will go towards their charitable work with forests.

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Author and illustrator, Sarah Simblet, will lead a studio course in botanical drawing July 8-12, 2013 at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art at the University of Oxford.

Inspired by her book Botany for the Artist, this special learning opportunity includes:

    Learning how Sarah researches, collects and works with plants in her studio.

    A tour of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.

    An opportunity to draw in the Garden and learn how to work outdoors.

    A study of lines, marks and gesture.

    A study of shape, length, volume and form.

    A study of light, tone, optical illusions, linear perspective.

    A study of paper and how to create a field sketchbook.

    An opportunity to view the original work of Ferdinand Bauer.

To download the course itinerary and to register, visit the Botanical Drawing page on the Ruskin School website.

Sarah’s intensive drawing course will inspire confidence in beginners and refresh the work of more experienced artists. No previous experience needed. Basic materials are provided. Participants completing the course will leave with a portfolio of experimental and traditional drawings and skills relevant to both fine art practice and botanical illustration.

Cost: £750.00 (convert currency)

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Author and artist, Sarah Simblet, stopped by for a visit last week. She took artists on a behind-the-scenes tour of the production of Botany for the Artist and what a tour it was!

Sarah shared every step of the process with us. She described how she prepared thumbnail sketches of each idea and how these ideas were transferred to special cards she makes to keep herself organized. The ideas on the cards that were most likely to become part of the book were then transferred to sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Each sheet represented an entry into the book and these sheets were then taped to her studio wall.

The page layouts covering her walls were incorporated into the big storyboard she drew by hand. This hand-drawn storyboard eventually became a miniature copy of the book, complete with color photographs, text, and illustrations.

Sarah designed her presentation around the questions submitted in advance by those who registered to attend this special author event. She answered follow-up questions at the end of her presentation as well. From the feedback received, artists enjoyed this opportunity to interact with Sarah and to learn in the company of other artists.

This is what Sarah’s studio looked like during the production of “Botany for the Artist”.

The illustrations in “Botany” began as sketches.

The placement of illustrations and photographs was discussed often throughout the project.

This is an example of Sarah’s finished sketches.

Get the rest of the story. Purchase a copy of Sarah’s book here.

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