Botanical Illustration: Parrot Tulips in Coloured Pencil
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsCourse Code: 1221-02


Parrot tulips have such strong colours and fascinating shapes. They really demand to be tackled in coloured pencil. You will be able to choose the complexity of the tulip you want to paint, so the course will suit beginners and the most adventurous botanical artists. Help with techniques and using pencils (including demonstrations) will be provided according to individual needs. This is an opportunity to make use of all those colours!


Last year I offered this course, but because of covid-19 and the lockdown it was cancelled. The tulips I had planted did grow, so I photographed them, thinking they might provide backup when I offered the course again. However my photos were taken using a black background and the effect was quite strong, so this year I am offering parrot tulips from life again, but also from photographs, and (if you feel like it ) on black paper!

Tulips provide lots of colour, and parrot tulips provide lots of shape too. Coloured pencil work gives you the control to do this well, but also requires subtlety in technique to convey the twists, curves and shapes. If you feel like an adventure there are many exciting tulips to paint with fantastic colours and shapes, fiery stripy tulips, dark shining tulips, or highly patterned varieties. Careful help will be provided as you work, techniques, when required, will be demonstrated. Looking at the subtleties of the way light falls on petals is a crucial part of working out how to portray the curvature of your subject, so close observation and trialling of colours may be required. The aim is to push yourself further, no matter what skills you currently possess, and to produce a painting you can be proud of. It is worth reminding yourself that a parrot tulip is so irregular you simply cannot be wrong!


Some experience of botanical illustration is preferable for this class. If you are not sure if this is you, please ask!

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Roger Reynolds

Roger Reynolds

Roger is a botanical illustrator who works in watercolour and coloured pencil. He is a long standing fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists where his work has been awarded a certificate of botanical merit, and has been used in their publications. He has exhibited at their annual exhibition in Westminster since 2004. In 2016 he was awarded a gold medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for his work illustrating plants. He is a member of the Institute for Analytical Plant Illustration which fosters the links between botanists and illustrators and he has an honours degree in botany. In 2018 he was a participant in the day of international botanical art exhibitions and as a member of the Association of British Botanical Art, represented the UK.

27th to 28th Mar 2021
Saturday to Sunday

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9.45amStudents arrive
10am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all - residents may check in
2-5.30pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
From 7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

"Excellent tutor." (October 2019)

"Roger is an excellent teacher and MSCA the usual high standard." (May 2019)

"Excellent - best course yet."  (Summer School 2019)

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