This exciting online course with Rob Unett gives participants a fantastic immersion into responding expressively to the amazing variety of shapes, colours, lines and textures of different flowers and plants. Rob creates many exercises for participants to work with from around twenty different flower set ups given with the course to paint from. All of the set ups have full length demonstrations by the artist to help illustrate the exercises which encourage inventive exploration with mixed media on different scales from dry drawing materials through to inks and acrylic washes which are often worked into to allow the materials to play their part in the creation of dramatic, colourful and bold flower paintings and drawings. 

This course will feed new ways of working with materials into any subject you might usually work with. An exciting and liberating course taught by a master of expressive mixed media painting. 

The course is pre-recorded so that you can take your time to really absorb the wealth of advice, practical exercises and demonstrations throughout the course. We would advise spending at least around 3-4 days working your way through the course. The artist suggests that it would be good to create several studies from each exercise to fully explore the learning and new techniques and approaches. You have unlimited access to the course for 12 months.

Chapters within the course include:

Introduction to the course

Guided exercises with looping videos of still-life flower setups. Rob takes you through three different ways of working on paper:

  • dry media - pencil, crayon, charcoal & felt pens
  • wet media – acrylics, inks
  • mixed media – using all of the above

Part 1

Silhouette drawing using dry media

Large format drawings using dry media

Blind contour drawings using wet media

Mixed media drawings using wet and dry media

Mixed media – a slower approach

Mixed media – a bolder approach

Part 2

Developing and working back into small drawings from part 1

Developing and working back into large format drawings from part 1

Rob Unett

Materials used on this course:

Large A1 paper, water-based acrylic paints or inks, soluble sketching pencils, crayons, charcoal and a range of brushes. A full list of materials is available once you purchase this course.


Intended for:

This online Expressive Flower Painting course is aimed at anyone who would like to push the boundaries of the techniques and materials they use to bring into their wider painting practice.


The course is broken up into a series of exercises and demonstrations which can be worked with at your own pace but we would suggest that it might be experienced in stages over 3-4 days ideally.

You get 12 months of unlimited use of the course.

How to participate:

Simply click on the link we send you in your purchase confirmation email from which you can play the main course film and also find the many accompanying flower setups which you can paint from. Some people may choose to create their own flower set ups to do the exercises but if not then the twenty or more flower set ups given with the course will be a fantastic resource to work with from the comfort of your own studio/home.

The exercises are demonstrated wonderfully by artist Rob Unett with lots of hints and tips and then the directions for what you can then do are written on the screen for you in the text which you can pause to really take in the advice. It is a jam-packed course with lots of exercises for you to do and a wealth of advice and instruction from one of the UK's leading artists.


Accessible to all levels but a little previous experience of painting may be useful.


16+ might be a sensible guide age

Additional info:

If you choose to buy this product, at the checkout you will be asked to create your own Newlyn School of Art online account (if you do not already have one) to access any purchase of digital content.  Purchasing of digital content grants the purchaser unlimited and immediate access for 1 year.  At the point of purchase, you have no right to cancel or gain a refund as you have received full access to the digital product.  Please read the Terms and Conditions

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