Botanical Art Courses

Botanical Illustration Welcome to our 2016 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 £75 will secure your place. Early booking for all workshops is recommended.
We hope you will join us in 2016 and look forward to meeting you.

Garden and Hedgerow Harvest in Coloured Pencil or Watercolour

This delightful time of year leaves us spoilt for choice with an abundance of autumn fruits, seeds, nuts and flowers.  Choose from an array of subjects to illustrate in watercolour or coloured pencil with expert individual tuition.  Tutor:  Gaynor Dickeson
Two day linked non-residential workshop with lunches and refreshments included.

21 & 22 September 2016

Fruits & Nuts, Conkers, Cones & Leaves in Graphite, Pen & Ink with optional colourwahs

All abilities welcome with a basic skill to draw from still life useful.  An enjoyable workshop drawing your favourite autumn subjects in graphite, pen and ink and adding a colourwash in coloured pencil or watercolour if desired.  Tutor:  Julie Small 

26 - 28 September 2016

Glorious Autumn Treasures

Use the gorgeous fruits and leaves of autumn to create an evocative painting in watercolour on paper or vellum.  One to one tuition and reference material with demonstrations included. Tutor:  Gael Sellwood

3 - 5 October 2016

An Autumn Forage at RHS Wisley - Botanical Coloured Pencil

Capture the diversity of found botanical subjects at this closing season of the year as a diary page set in the wonderful RHS gardens at Wisley, with Individual tuition.  Tutor: Susan Christopher-Coulson
2 linked days (non-residential) with free entry into the gardens and refreshments included.

4 & 5 October 2016

October Treasure Chest in Coloured Pencil

October is a wonderful month for berries, leaves, fruit and autumn flowers.  Using the courtyard studio there will be one to one tuition in capturing our subjects in detail in coloured pencil.
Two linked days (non-residential) with refreshments and lunches included.

5 & 6 October 2016

Colour Mix & Texture Master Class in Watercolour on Vellum

Using a range of plant materials we will focus on colour mixing and creating texture on paper or vellum, whilst paying attention to botanical detail. Tutor:  Gael Sellwood

17 - 19 October 2016

Botanical Plants and Foliage @ RHS Hyde Hall in Coloured Pencil

Capture some of the wonderful plants and foliage that grace the gardens in detailed coloured pencil on this two day non-residential workshop.  Tutor:  Janie Pirie  
Includes free entry to the gardens @ RHS Hyde Hall and refreshments.

18 & 19 October 2016

Painting for Christmas

Design a Christmas card or painting.  Develop techniques for composition, fine tuning colour mixing for shiny dark greens and red holly berries amongst other Christmassy subjects.  Tutor:  Gael Sellwood

9 - 11 November 2016

Summer’s Essence - Botanical Still Life

Using the vibrant fruits of Summer, we will create a small still life in watercolour.
Following a short slide show introducing the subject, you will learn how form, realistic surface textures and reflected light
are vital to the creation of an appealing still life. 

Open to beginners and those who have some experience of botanical painting in watercolour.

25 - 27 July 2016

The April Garden

Spring has arrived with an abundance of flowers and new foliage.  Use coloured pencils or watercolour to achieve the brightest or deepest of colours, or use graphite pencil to draw their intricate shapes, creating a true portrait of spring. Tutor:  Sue Vize

6 - 8 April 2016