Saturday 7 June 2014
9.45am – 4.30pm
Join botanical artist Kate McGuire for a one day botanical workshop focussing on our new Sèvres exhibition. Enjoy a tour of the In Pursuit of the Exquisite: Royal Sèvres: From Versailles to Harewood exhibition, and take inspiration from the beautiful floral designs on the porcelain, before partaking in a practical drawing and painting workshop. Kate will help you develop your understanding of design, line and use of colour, and looking at the floral compositions of key pieces from the exhibition you will create your own studies and Sèvres inspired designs. Working alongside Kate you will explore a variety of techniques allowing you to expand existing knowledge as well as learning new skills.
Starting before lunch and continuing through the afternoon, the practical workshop will give you a hands-on opportunity to explore your own creativity and style. Using fresh flowers, as close to the examples in the Sèvres exhibits as the season will allow, we will draw, design and work towards the development of a Sèvres inspired final piece.
Some prior experience of drawing would be beneficial for this workshop.
Kate McGuire studied Graphic Design at Central St Martins School of Art, before becoming a practicing Botanical Artist.
“My passion is to study the structure and colours of plants – particularly edibles – I like to look at the roots and the seeds and the ‘imperfections’, which are so often filtered out in the selection process of our supermarkets and markets these days. Spending time looking at how plants develop through their cycles is a constant source of inspiration to me. ”
Kate combines simplicity of line and draughtsmanship in her ink drawings, with areas of concentrated watercolour detail.
This workshop includes refreshments, and a sandwich lunch as part of the day. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
On arrival at Harewood, please make your way to the Information Centre.
For any further information about the workshop, please contact us on 0113 218 1000.