Distance Learning Diploma Course

 

Diploma Part 3 © Kate TilburyFor many years, the Society has been aware of the need for a ‘correspondence course’, where students learn by working and practising on their own on set assignments, then have the work assessed by experienced Tutors. From all over the world, including the UK, there has been frequent requests from aspirant botanical artists unable to attend a day, weekly or residential course, for whatever reasons, on the subject of how to learn botanical painting. 

 

When writing The Art of Botanical Painting, it became obvious that it would be an excellent textbook for distance learning, thus the Society’s idea for a Distance Learning Diploma Course was born. The Course is not for beginners in watercolour painting but rather for those with some knowledge of the subject and a wish to learn more about botanical art and its associated skills. The Society’s aim is to develop those skills and help to create a good, well-rounded botanical painter.

 

The Course is open to students anywhere in the world and there are currently students from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Brazil, Canada and the USA as well as Europe and the UK. The Course lasts for 27 months and the fee includes a student subscription to the Society for the duration of the Course.

Diploma Part 3 © Jennifer GoodwinStudents often ask whether they are good enough to be accepted on the Course. Before application for registration, students will be asked to provide a colour print of their work so that the Course Director can assess their proficiency.

 

Students often have the goal of membership of the Society, which is a high aim, but those who gain a Distinction on the Course will be eligible for the fast-track membership method.

 

DipSBA or DipSBA(Dist) may be used after the student’s name for those students who were awarded the Society’s Diploma.

 

Prospectus

 

Each of the first eleven assignments is a practise piece and these will be expected to reach the designated tutor by a due date. The subject for each one has been carefully chosen to improve the student’s ability in the main areas of botanical art and illustration, including design. Tutors will award a mark to each assignment as an indication of the student’s current ability, which, together with the accompanying critique or Tutors Assessment Mark Sheet (TAMS) will enable the student to see which areas need to be improved upon. The TAMS will show 10 key areas of assessment and the Tutors will include advice, diagrams and colour notes as necessary. Marks given for assignments will NOT contribute to the Course total. The Course grade will be based solely on three Diploma Portfolio pieces, the sketchbook and an essay.

 

Diploma Part 3 © Nadia FarottiStudents may telephone, at designated times, or email their Tutors throughout the Course. In this way students will be able to take advantage of Tutors’ comments, act upon advice to amend or re-attempt part of the previous assignment, for their own satisfaction and to aid the learning process.

 

The Introductory meeting will be held in the first year and a Seminar will take place during the second year, both in the Spring during the Annual Open Exhibition of the Society in London, when students can meet Tutors and each other, take the opportunity for social contact and discussion, show the Tutors amended work, talk about any difficulties and take part in practical demonstrations. Students are required to keep a sketchbook throughout the course in which to do exercises, pencil and tonal studies, colour notes and charts and layout sketches as required. This sketchbook will be judged as part of the final Diploma Portfolio. Also included with the final Diploma Portfolio should be an essay, chosen from a list of subjects, which the student can work on for the duration of the Course. Appropriate allowance will be made for students whose first language is not English as the essay will be judged on content and understanding rather than grammar.

 

Tutors are all respected botanical artists and Members of the SBA with many years of experience in a variety of fields ranging from teaching, illustration, botany and commercial design.

 

Further Information

 

A prospectus, list of assignments, details about starting dates of Courses, application form, fees and payment arrangements are Downloadable as a PDF here Course 12 commences on the 1st January 2015. 

News

 

The Graduation Ceremony for Course 9 was held on Friday, 9th May 2014 at The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London when family and friends looked on proudly as Diplomas were awarded by Course Director Simon Williams SBA.

 

A total of 46 students from the UK as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and the USA completed Course 9 and 35 were present, with their guests, to receive their Diplomas.

 

There were 8 Distinctions, 24 Credits, 10 Higher Passes, 4 Passes and no fails. The Award for Excellence went to Nadia Farotti who achieved an overall mark of 93.03%. Laura Ashton won the Jantien Burggraaff Memorial Award for progress. A new award for Diploma Portfolio Achievement went to Jennifer Goodwin.

Alistair Scott with Course Director Simon Williams SBA © SBA

 

Alistair Scott from England receives his Diploma with Distinction from Course Director Simon Williams SBA.

Anita Frison with Course Director Simon Williams SBA © SBA

 

Anita Frison from Italy awarded a Diploma with Credit from Simon Williams SBA.

Ishbel Fleming - Boyd with Course Director Simon Williams SBA © SBA

 

Ishbel Fleming - Boyd from England awarded a Diploma with Higher Pass from Course Director Simon Williams SBA

Kate Tilbury receives her Diploma with Credit from Course Director Simon Williams SBA © SBA

 

Kate Tilbury from England receives her Diploma with Credit from Course Director Simon Williams SBA.

Nadia Farotti with Course Director Simon williams SBA © SBA

 

Nadia Farotti from Italy receiving her award for highest % achieved on the course from Course.

Jennifer Goodwin with Course Director Simon Williams SBA © SBA

 

Jennifer Goodwin from England received her Diploma with Distinction.

Robyn Hulley with Course Director Simon Williams SBA © SBA

 

Robyn Hulley from Australia receives her Diploma with Credit.

Sylvia Steinhauer awarded a Diploma with Credit from Simon Williams SBA © SBA

 

Sylvia Steinhauer from Austria receiving her Diploma with Credit.

Course 9 Diploma Evening © SBA

 

Course 9 Diploma Evening.

 

 

Students are required to produce three pieces of work for their Diploma Portfolio: a botanical study, fruit or vegetables, and a mixed study. Images of some of the Diploma Portfolio artwork are shown below.

Diospyros 'Kaki Thumb © Estsuko Niigata

 

Diospyros 'Kaki Thumb'

Estsuko Niigata

Mixed Study © Janina - Maria Sassanejad

 

Mixed Study

Janina - Maria Sassanejad

Onions © Hazel Black SBA

 

Onions

Hazel Black

Anthurium andraearnum 'True Love' © Becky Davison

 

Botanical Illustration

Becky Davison

Fruit and Vegetables © Minna Keeler

 

Fruit and Vegetables

Minna Keeler

Mixed Study © Susan Camilion

 

Mixed Study

Susan Camilion

Botanical Illustration © Vicki Lee Johnston DipSBA (dist)

 

Botanical Illustration

Vicki Lee Johnston

Mixed Study © Waiwai Hove DipSBA (dist)

 

Mixed Study

Waiwai Hove

Cauliflower © Chris Taylor DipSBA (dist)

 

Vegetable Study

Chris Taylor

Diploma Part 3 © Soojung Han

 

Diploma Part 3

Soojung Han

Diploma Part 2 © Mixed Study

 

Diploma Part 2

Mary Dillon

Diploma Part 2 © Sally Cokeley

 

Diploma Part 2

Sally Cokeley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DLDC Residential Courses at Plas Tan y Bwlch 2014

 

Plas Tan y Bwlch is offering two highly successful courses again in association with the SBA Distance Learning Diploma Course, 2014 will be its tenth year and highly acclaimed worldwide.

 

3 - 8 August 2014

The tutors will be the new Course Director, Simon Williams SBA and this year we are delighted to have obtained the services of the Scottish artist Robert McNeill SBA whose botanical work amazed visitors to the SBA exhibition in 2013.

Simon specializes in work with gouache techniques that allows for creating very dramatic paintings with a realistic finish. This is an ideal medium for illustrators and botanical artist to develop clean, fresh and vibrant work, not least when used on a coloured background. Simon will demonstrate working on coloured board as well as white paper along with dry brush work using hatching techniques to render fine detail in either gouache or tighten up on your watercolour skills.

Robert has over thirty years experience as an art tutor and his work during the exhibition was awarded the People’s Choice Award for best in show. Robert’s aim is to be true to Art and Science whilst incorporating a passion for form, meticulous detail and a need to capture the dynamic qualities to subjects through the use of watercolour using a variety of techniques including wet into wet and dry brush, with a focus on transparent overlays.

The former Course Director Margaret Stevens PPSBA will be guest lecturer and offering advice while present. This is not an opportunity to be missed and early booking would be advisable due to tutor popularity.

Due to its popularity early booking is advised and non-DLDC students will be equally welcome. Included in the course will be a visit to Bangor University Botanical Gardens. It will be during the free untutored session on Wednesday afternoon and it will make an ideal opportunity for some sketchbook work.

 

14 - 19 September 2014

The tutors will be the new Course Director, Simon Williams SBA and this year we are joined by Margaret Fitzpatrick SBA who is a very experienced botanical artist and tutor.

Since the 1990s Margaret has been concentrating on Botanical Illustration and has had work hung in many exhibitions and galleries. Her training in the detailed and precise work of heraldry and illumination is reflected in Margaret’s botanical illustrations. In 2007 she completed the Society of Botanical Artists Diploma for which she received a distinction and a special award for excellence. As a former DLDC student Margaret is in an excellent position to advise current students based on her own experience.

Simon will be working with gouache techniques that enable him to create very dramatic paintings with a realistic finish particularly when used on a coloured support. Gouache is a medium often used by illustrators and designers to render clean crisp detail with high reproduction value. He will demonstrate working on coloured board as well as white paper along with dry brush work using hatching techniques to render fine detail in either gouache or tighten up on your watercolour skills.

The former Course Director Margaret Stevens PPSBA will be guest lecturer and offer advice while present.

Due to its popularity early booking is advised and non-DLDC students will be equally welcome. Included in the course will be a visit to Bangor University Botanical Gardens. It will be during the free untutored session on Wednesday afternoon and it will make an ideal opportunity for some sketchbook work.

 

Plas Tan y Bwlch is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of North Wales, easily reached by road or rail. Extensive gardens, woodland and lake combined with comfortable accommodation and very good food make this a delightful place to stay and non-painting partners can usually be accommodated.

 

 

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 1766 772600

Web: www.plastanybwlch.com
Email: plas[at]eryri-npa.gov.uk

 

The photographs below were taken during the Course in September 2012.

Apple © Rachel Franck

 

August 2013 class © SBA

 

View from Plas © SBA

 

Class Painting August 2013 © SBA

 

Magnolia © Laura Curioni

 

Class September 2013 © SBA

 

 

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