I host regular, and seasonal 3-day, courses in my new studio in Hampshire. I also teach on workshops at The Eden Project, in Cornwall, and RHS Rosemoor, and other art groups and societies including The South West Society of Botanical Artists , The Bath Society of Botanical Artists and Field Breaks in Derbyshire.
My new, purpose built studio is situated in my garden, adjacent to beautiful countryside in the Test Valley, and is an ideal location to get absorbed in botanical art.
I love teaching beginners as well as those with experience - I have been teaching since 2008. A tried and tested step-by-step approach allows beginners to realise they can achieve their goal, and go on to perfect their individual technique & style with time and practice. More advanced techniques are given to the more skilled artist.
My new Studio is beautifully lit, and includes an extensive library of reference books.
My classes are small and friendly ( a maximum of 8), allowing plenty of time for individual guidance and tuition. All students are encouraged to develop and work at their own pace.
A good sense of humour always helps - it is meant to be fun after all !!
My new Studio opens - September 2017 with a three-day workshop !!
" Harvest Time"
Sept 16th - 18th (inc)
This three day workshop will be looking at all the glorious flowers and fruits at this special time of year.
We will be looking at colours and textures in our compositions.
Suitable for beginners and experienced students.
- This course is now fully booked
Cost: £100 for 3 days, includes teas/coffee & afternoon tea
A non returnable deposit of £50 will secure a place on this workshop.
Please contact me through my contact page for bookings, or more information.
2017 ............ Additional workshops and Courses .........
1. RHS Rosemoor 2nd - 4th Sept 2017
" Late Summer Flowers"... , from the gardens at RHS Rosemoor.
Contact me or , RHS Rosemoor for more information
2. Hassop Hall, Derbyshire - A 'Field Breaks' workshop
"Autumn's Jewels" botanical painting on paper or vellum.
October 2nd - 4th (inc)
A residential course, is this luxurious hotel & location.
(I am delighted to be invited to host the workshop for Sue Field, who organises wonderful art courses in Derbyshire)
*** Please contact Sue Field at, www.fieldbreaks.co.uk for more information/booking
3. Eden Project, Cornwall - 5th - 7th October (inc)
"An Introduction to Botanical llustration"
Please contact me , or The Eden Project for more information.
4. "Christmas Time"
Saturday, 18th November 2017 - (now fully booked)
10.00am – 4.00pm
Come and explore how to create bespoke Christmas cards, or special gifts for loved ones, using traditional Christmas themes such as
The Holly & The Ivy Mistletoe Christmas tree baubles, and much, much more.
This one-day Botanical Painting workshop includes all the materials you need to inspire you.
Just bring your watercolour paints and brushes, plus paper if you have them.
Most things, including blank cards, can be purchased on the day for a very minimal cost.
* The cost for the day is £30, and includes teas, coffee, & mince pies to get you in the Christmas mood!!
Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch.
**Places are limited to eight, so early booking is advisable.
Workshops for 2018
“Weekends Away” - enjoying botanical painting.
As well as my 3-day themed workshops in 2018, I am hosting ‘Weekends Away’.
These two-day sessions are where you can come and work on your painting skills and compositions on a regular basis. You might wish to take time out to practice new skills and techniques, or continue working on a composition you’ve already started.
If you are a beginner, then I am offering a structure to the weekends over the eight sessions to enable you to develop your skills in a logical manor (see the suggested themes for beginners in brackets next to the dates). Those wishing different themes & techniques to those listed can request them any time by asking in advance. Or, just continue with your own projects.
I can also offer practical advise to those working on submissions to the RHS, art society submissions, diplomas, or even a Florilegium.
Suitable for all abilities. Everyone is welcome
Cost for each 2-day ‘weekend away’:
£75 which includes teas & coffee. Bring your own packed lunches.
**If you book 5 or more the cost is £75 for the first 5, and £60 for additional weekends.
The dates for the 'weekends' are:
(NB. The suggested themes in brackets are for beginners wishing a structured approach over 8 sessions, or for those wanting to brush up on skills. All sessions are tailored for individual requirements)
Jan 20th – 21st (Drawing techniques) Feb 17th- 18th (Applying the paint) April 14th – 15th (Colour matching)
May 19th – 20th (Leaves & Greens) July 7th – 8th (Compositions) Sept 8th – 9th (Textures)
Oct 27th – 28th (Black & White) Nov 24th – 25th (Dry brushwork / Painting on Vellum)
Contact me to book these special "weekends Away"
3-day Workshops for 2018
“Spring bulbs & flowers” March 9th – 11th 2018 (inc)
Seasonal bulbs and spring flowers are the focus of this 3-day workshop. (Working on vellum or paper)
“Summer Colours” June 22nd– 24th 2018 (inc)
Focusing on textures and colours we will look at bringing richness into our paintings. (Working on vellum or paper)
“Fruits of Autumn” Sept 28th – 30th 2018 (inc)
We will be looking at seasonal flowers and fruits, focusing on achieving fine detail in your work. (Working on vellum or paper)
Cost for each 3-day workshop:
£120 which includes teas & coffee. Bring your own packed lunches.
*** For more information on any of the above please contact me (go to my Contact page).