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16th July How to Paint a Butterfly with Cath Hodsman

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How to paint a Butterfly

An entomological watercolour painting workshop with Cath Hodsman

Saturday 16th July 2022

10am – 4pm Attic Studio

All abilities welcome

Butterflies are amongst our most well-known and well-loved insects. This watercolour painting workshop gives those of us who are fascinated by these ethereal creatures, the chance to study them and paint them in watercolour.

This unique and absorbing workshop is aimed at both lovers of painting and entomology, especially butterflies. You don’t have to be an expert in either, but you need to be fascinated by both!! This absorbing and enjoyable day will give participants the chance to study different types of butterflies in a way that they have never been able to before.

Each student will have the use of high-powered microscopes to study the anatomical beauty of these delicate creatures. Cath and students will discuss how butterflies taste their food, how they eat their food, how they create those beautiful patterns on their wings, how they protect themselves from predators and to generally, pay homage to these fascinating and iconic insects. Participants will then use the microscopes, ethical specimens and macro photographic material to produce a detailed and unique watercolour painting.

About Cath

Cath is a Cotswolds-based entomological artist, illustrator, teacher and conservationist who specialises in painting, sketching and studying insects. The raison d’etre behind my art is to aim for anatomical accuracy in every artistic study I produce. I believe this is the best and most fulfilling way to connect, value and ultimately, to protect insects - I want more folks to hug-a-bug...!

In my unique and fun art workshops I teach folks how to understand and then use art to capture the hidden beauty, intricacy and design-perfection held within their secret world. Each student has exclusive use of their own dedicated microscope, magnifying glasses and macro photographs, as well as access to my extensive insect (ethically sourced) specimen collection, to study their beauty.

Through my teaching, I have been made an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology. I have also worked in partnership with many other wonderful organisations such as The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; The Royal Horticultural Society; The Fields Studies Council; The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace; The National Trust, The Wetlands Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, The Natural History Museum, London, etc....

I have also illustrated for Countryfile magazine, Leisure Painter magazine, the Amateur Entomologists’ Society’s journal, the British Beekeepers’ Association magazine.

Recommended Equipment List

The shop will be open from 9am, so you will have time to purchase materials before the workshop. Our staff can offer you any advice you need.

- A fine retractable 0.3mm HB Pentel propelling pencil (This will be available from Pegasus Art in the Spring. 

- An ordinary graphite pencil - HB is best - not too hard and not too soft.

- Putty Rubber

- “Tom Bow Mono Zero Rubber”

- Hot pressed watercolour paper. Saunders Waterford 100% cotton, Size 14” x 10”. Weight 140lb, gummed pad, or single sheet. Their “White” is good, as it’s not too cold.

- Good pencil sharpener (desk top sharpener) I have one for students to borrow.

- Drawing board or Table top easel

- Pans of watercolour paints – I use Schmincke. Below is a list of colours I use, but it’s not a hard and fast compulsory list. I like students to experiment with their own choices too.

- Colours: “Indigo”, “Helio Cerulean”, “Titanium White”, “Brilliant Blue Violet”, or other similar strong violet colour “Cobalt Violet Deep Hue” (Sennelier, not Schmincke) , “Brilliant Green”, “Payne’s Grey”, “English Red” or “English Ventian Red”

- A selection of small watercolour brushes (short, pointed synthetic bristles) “Pointed Round” tips. Such as – 15/0, 00, 000, 0, 2 and 3 for larger areas.

-Masking Fluid (Pebeo drawing gum is best)

**Please bring a packed lunch, water, tea & coffee – we cannot offer refreshments due to Covid restrictions. All attendees receive 5% off in our shop adjacent to Studio One at Pegasus Art.

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