Botanical Art: a journey in graphite and watercolour

Join Geoffrey for a hands on exciting journey in graphite and watercolour skills no previous experience needed. Enter a serene and informal learning environment with an accent toward, one on one tuition and enjoyment. Get a solid grounding in techniques to build confidence within an easy 6 day course. Comprehensive notes and exercises to follow under his guidance.


Beginners to Intermediate




Fully participative

About The Instructor

Prior to escaping to the quiet of the country in 2010, Geoffrey lived in Johannesburg where he studied fashion design and pattern making. He and his partner ran a successful function coordinating company and, later in Swellendam, the positively reviewed shop and restaurant Pennantwing. Geoffrey now produces botanical art in water colour, which is sold in SA and around the world.

Geoffrey is interested in a more technical and precise approach to art rather than wet loose techniques. His journey started with his first formal class with Lorraine Sicé in Swellendam, during a year of solid grounding in line drawing, form, perspective and composition. This was when he fell in love with water colour. After growing and experimenting alone, he chose to focus his direction on Botanical Art. He advanced his skills and gained confidence as he attended courses with some of the best in the field: Vicki Thomas, who is internationally known and exhibited; Willie Schlechter; and Gillian Condy, one of the most amazingly technically perfect artists. Geoffrey has embodied Gillian’s technical advice on being true to the scale and form of the subject matter with the least amount of effort, and achieving the most amazing glazing techniques with phenomenal effects.

What To Bring
  • Own watercolour paints (Windsor & Newton basic Cotmans range is recommended)
  • Paint brushes Eraser, ruler, pencils (2H, HB, 4H, 6B, 4B)
  • A3 sketchpad (just plain paper)
  • Tracing paper
  • Materials can be ordered and pre-arranged through local art shop. Full details to be sent upon registration.
Course Dates

31 August – 5 September 2020

5 – 10 October 2020

Course Details

Starting Monday and Tuesday from 9.00am to 4pm with coffee, lunch and tea breaks. Wednesday from 9.00am till after lunch with the afternoon at your leisure to explore the beautiful town of Swellendam. Thursday and Friday 9.00am to 4pm, coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. Saturday from 9.00am to 12.30pm to revise the week with the opportunity to clarify any skill difficulties and closure to the week – no lunch You can follow Geoffrey’s face Book page to see students workshop picture and botanical progress.



Your package includes:
Tuition, materials*, excursions*, refreshments and meals during the course. Accommodation, dinners, and transport at own cost.
*Applicable to certain courses. See individual course pages for details.

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