Botanical Painting Courses

I hold 4 and 5 Day courses in my Heligan, Cornwall studio in the Spring, Summer and Autumn plus occasional courses at Stourhead, Wiltshire (click here for all dates). I also have regular groups who meet weekly at Heligan on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on a termly basis. My courses are geared to individuals and their aspirations and abilities. Everyone is different and my classes are small enough to give attention to everyone, from beginners to more advanced painters.

In addition to teaching in my own studio, I also tutor for other groups including the Bath Society of Botanical Artists, the Ventnor Society of Botanical Artists on the Isle of Wight, the South West Society of Botanical Artists, the Eden Project, Truro Arts and Boconnoc House, Cornwall.

I am delighted that one of my students, Laura Silburn, achieved a Gold Medal at her first attempt at the RHS Orchid Show in London in 2013 with six paintings of Hardy Geraniums. She followed this with a second Gold Medal in 2014 for six paintings of Aristolochia for which she was also awarded Best in Show. Since then, Ros Franklin FLS, a student and colleague, was awarded a Gold Medal at the Malvern RHS Show in 2015 for her Arisaemas for the Sheltered Garden or Greenhouse.

Although I mainly teach watercolour painting on paper, painting on vellum can be an interesting alternative requiring a different technique. I can also offer instruction in graphite and colour pencil work.

Once you start, Botanical Illustration gets under your skin…. The more you do, the more you see. What starts as a mild interest develops into complete absorption. Walks in the country will never be the same as you really become aware of the extraordinary and beautiful complexity of plants. To be able to capture the beauty of plants may seem impossible. It is not. You can immortalise them by learning and practising, under structured tuition. What seemed impossible can become reality. You will have a great sense of achievement and you will have a greater understanding of the world about you and a hobby that will keep you happy for years. Just as you have to practise tennis, piano-playing, driving, swimming, diving, you have to practise drawing……… It can bring amazing results. Even if you haven’t drawn since you were at school!
Give it a try!

Imagine the happy hours you can spend in beautiful company.

 

I have a structured approach so that artists can concentrate on one stage at a time, building up their confidence and ability. The most important thing to me is that artists really enjoy their time here and discover their own interests and style in what is such a large and varied subject.

Work produced by double RHS Gold Medal winner, Laura Silburn, one of my students

Depending upon the time of year, the subjects to be painted will be topical e.g primroses, camellias and rhododendrons in the early spring right through to the autumnal flowers, fruits, vegetables and fungi later in the season. This year I shall hold a later course at the end of October to coincide with the Heligan Harvest when a magnificent display is created of all the pumpkins, squashes and other vegetables.

Anyone wishing to bring their own subject to paint is very welcome to do so.

Click here to see the Sawpit Studio which is spacious, well-lit, equipped with a library of useful reference books and contains all that you will need apart from your own painting materials. A list of recommended items will be sent to you upon receipt of your completed booking form.

 

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