Botanical Illustration Welcome to our 2017 programme. We are delighted to bring you an extended number of workshops offering a wealth of experienced and professional tutors in attractive and tranquil locations around the country. All the workshops are suitable for beginners through to those with experience and all are open to residential as well as non-residential participants (non-participating partners or friends are welcome too!). Two fees are shown against each workshop, the greater being the residential fee (fully inclusive) and the lesser, the non-residential fee (excludes dinner & b&b). A deposit of £80 will secure your place. Early booking for all workshops is recommended.
We hope you will join us in 2017 and look forward to meeting you.

Blooming Roses at Hassop in Watercolour

Roses are sometimes avoided because of their form and delicate petals.  We will overcome these obstacles with techniques and colour mixing to give the best outcomes, looking at art involving roses for pleasing presentations either as a sketch book study or working on a composition.
Suitable for the near beginner and those who enjoy botanical painting in watercolour.
The workshop starts at 2.30 pm on 2 July and finishes by 3.30 pm on 4 July.
Residential and non-residential participants welcome.
What to bring

2 - 4 July 2018

Dry Brush and Detail on Flower Petals - Botanical Painting in Watercolour

Learn how to build rich colour, texture and form and to create fine detail in this  techniques based workshop.  The various dry brush techniques will be taught using a variety of different seasonal flower petals as subjects.   You will also lean to create the delicate veins and crisp edges to give your flowers a more realistic feel and finish by an experienced botanical artist and tutor.  Suitable for all those who enjoy painting in detail.
10 am - 3.45 pm.  Refreshments provided and with everyone bringing a packed lunch.
What to bring 

Wednesday 8 August 2018

August Abundance in the Fruit & Vegetable Plot!

High Summer means a great variety of fruits and vegetables. Learn to observe and recreate form as well as creating vibrant colours with suitable depth. Plan an interesting layout for your subject/s. Choose from stone fruits such as nectarines, apricots, plums, greengages and damsons, apples. blackberries, autumn raspberries or peas, beans, artichokes, chard and root vegetables. 
Residential and non-residential places available
What to bring
Any coloured pencils – preferably artists’ quality and any watercolour pencils as these can be used dry

6 - 8 August 2018

Autumn Fruits, Nuts, Conkers, Cones, Seeds & Berries in Graphite/Pen& Ink

A botanical illustration workshop covering a host of autumn subjects to capture in graphite or/and pen and ink.  Suitable for all abilities with an interest in drawing useful. 
Residential and non-residential places available.
Starting at 2.30 pm on 24 September until 3.30 pm on 26 September
What to bring:
Pencils:       H  HB  B  2B  4B  grades
Craft Knife
Pencil Sharpener
Putty Rubber or Mars Staedtler Plastic Eraser

24 - 26 September 2018

Botanical Art Holiday

An informative and enjoyable botanical painting and drawing holiday in this relaxing and tranquil venue, capturing plants, flowers, fruits or a subject of your choosing with expert professional tuition and individual guidance.  Suitable for all abilities.
Starting at 2.30 pm on 28 August and finishing by 3.00 pm on 31 August
What to bring
Drawing Board
Watercolour paints
Watercolour paper – Hot Pressed for detailed work
Drawing Pencil(s)
Water Pot

28 - 31 August

Forager's Finds in Coloured Pencil

Spot the interesting forms and colourful gems of autumn to create a small composition of your treasures. There will be lots to look out for – nuts, seed heads, turning leaves, fruits and fading flowers. Capture them in coloured pencil!
Two day workshop starting at 10.15 am and finishing by 4.30 pm each day.  Refreshments with cream teas included.
What to bring
Any coloured pencils – preferably artists’ quality - including any water soluble ones as they can also be used dry.
A graphite pencil B or 2B

10 & 11 October 2018

Painting Flora & Fauna in Gouache or Watercolour

Join one of the UK’s leading botanical illustrators for a two-day workshop painting flora and fauna in gouache or watercolour with lots of one to one tuition and demonstrations.Refreshments including cream teas included.
A two day workshop starting at 9.45 am - 4.30 pm each day.  Lunch can be purchased from the gardens or you can bring a packed lunch.
What to bring
Botanical Painting in Watercolour or Gouache
Please bring with you either flora or fauna subjects to paint.  There is also an opportunity to purchase plant material from Ness Botanic Gardens.

17 & 18 October 2018

Natural History Workshop - Botanical in Coloured Pencil/Graphite/Ink

Choose from feathers, shells, seaweed, fossils, pebbles, gem stones, butterflies, bees and bugs in this fascinating workshop.  Enjoy working in either graphite pencil, coloured pencil or pen and ink with full tuition throughout.  
Residential and non-residential participants welcome.
2.00 pm on 17 October - 3.00 pm on 19 October
What to bring
Study Material:

17 - 19 October 2018

Autumn Abundance & Creative Composition in Coloured Pencil

Choose from a host of wonderful autumn subjects and put the ‘art’ into your botanical art.  Learn techniques to make your work stand out from the crowd.  Study different styles of composition and start to think outside the box! Taking you outside of your comfort zone and helping you create eye-catching compositions. 
Residential and non-residential participants welcome
2.00 pm on 22 October - 3.00 pm on 24 October 
What to bring
·       HB or F Graphite pencils
·       0.3 mechanical pencil or fine clutch pencil

22 - 24 October 2018

Gardener's World in Watercolour

Using found objects from the garden we will create exquisite studies in detail as a record for posterity.  Bring garden finds, berries, feathers, snail shells, seed cases and curled leaves.  We will look at techniques including painting in detail, textures, shadows and placement.  Individual guidance and demonstrations.  Suitable for the near beginner to those who enjoy botanical painting in watercolour.
Residential and non-residential participants welcome.
What to bring

5 - 7 November 2018