Contemporary watercolour painting: exploring plants and colour

From £20

Thursday 27 October

  6:30 – 8.30 pm (BST)

  Online – Zoom  

  • Category: Workshop
  • Experience level: All abilities
  • Tutor: Laura Ribbons

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What you will get from taking this online workshop:  

  • An exploration of watercolour techniques, from mixing to layering 
  • A deeper understanding of how different colours can affect and influence composition 
  • An awareness of the natural world and its influence on the visual arts 
  • A chance to experiment with watercolour in a friendly environment 
  • Elephant Academy Technique Takeaway: Learn how to create your own beautiful botanical work of art 

Explore colour and create your own contemporary botanical masterpiece with the guidance of watercolour artist and plant obsessive Laura Ribbons. In this workshop Laura will introduce you to some of the key techniques of watercolour and help you to create a beautiful artwork all your own.  

Walking through the process of colour mixing and layering to create a simple composition, this class will allow you to get to grips with the medium of watercolour in a friendly and relaxed environment. Open to beginners and more experienced artists alike, this session offers a foray into the world of plants, showcasing multiple hues and shapes and taking an exploratory approach to watercolour painting.  

Laura Ribbons holds a BA in Fine Art (Painting) from Wimbledon College of Art. Shortlisted for the Clyde&Co Art Awards, she is a former winner of the Orbis Art Prize. Ribbons has been the Artist in Residence with BPTW Architects in Greenwich, where she taught life-drawing classes for the architects. She has exhibited in galleries in both the UK and internationally. 


Do I need to have any experience to take part in an Elephant Academy class? Absolutely not! We warmly welcome everyone and have classes and activities for all levels, including those who have never picked up a paintbrush or pencil before. All classes are friendly, supportive and fun!

How do I join the online class once I have purchased? You will be sent a Zoom link via email the week before your class. The email will have full instructions on how to join and tips on how to set up your workspace.

I don’t live in the UK – can I still join one of the classes? Absolutely! We welcome students from all over the world and many of our classes are held at times to suit students in Europe and North America.

Is there a recording I can watch after the class? Yes, we can supply recordings to allow you to develop your skills and revisit the classes.