Please scroll to the bottom of this page to apply for your chosen Short Course or Masterclass. Your application will be confirmed by an invoice and your place guaranteed only when funds are received.  Your payment will be confirmed by a receipt and you will be contacted nearer the time with information about the running of the course.  Please ensure your email address is correct when you apply.

Beauty of Orchids with Deborah Lambkin

16th – 19th September 2019

As Orchid Artist to the Royal Horticultural Society Orchid Committee, Deborah would like to introduce the huge variety of orchids in the Orchidaceae family using specimens and a selection of her paintings, of which there are hundreds in the RHS collection. In this 4-day workshop, Deborah will cover basic orchid morphology and explain which aspects of the flowers and plants are most important to represent. Through drawing and painting, students will also learn which colours are particularly useful for orchids and how to achieve the unique textures and patterns exhibited in this fascinating family.

Deborah has taught in Ireland and the UK for more than 20 years, works as a freelance botanical artist and in 2014 Deborah joined the RHS Picture Advisory Panel which includes judging at the RHS Botanical Art Shows.  Her work is included in the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, The Shirley Sherwood Collection, Kew and many other private collections worldwide.

Updated 9th September 2019: due to a cancellation, we have one place available on this course. Please apply using the application form.  

Monday to Thursday 10am to 3.45pm, £400, light lunch included.

Colour Intensity with Martin Allen

22nd – 24th October 2019

In this three-day workshop Martin will look at how to achieve accurate colours on watercolour paintings, matching the effect of plant material rather than looking pale and washed out.  This will be followed by the theory/techniques required to make images look realistic and not painted.  

Students will work with photographic reference material to help understand and calibrate their own sense of colour, while exploring how that sense can change when looking at live plant material.

Martin has been painting botanical art for over 25 years and has been awarded 2 personal RHS Gold Medals and one Group Gold Medal.  He has paintings in the Hunt Institute and the Shirley Sherwood Collection, and is an emeritus Fellow at The Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society.

Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 3.45pm, £420 including a light lunch

Observing Structural Details with Vicki Thomas

18th – 20th November 2019

Botanical artwork that looks alive is surprisingly dependent on the artist’s understanding of how the plant feeds itself.  This three-day workshop will concentrate on how to avoid common structural errors and to look at the various ways of drawing and painting the often-overlooked small details with the object of improving vivacity in artwork.

Similar to our anatomy, the plant’s unseen internal vascular system allows the sap to flow from the roots to all parts of the plant, creating and strengthening its architecture along the way and determining the way the plant holds its leaves and flowers. 

For example, the parts where stems divide, how the leaves grow from the nodes, the direction and shape of thorns, the shape of the pedicel as it joins the calyx can all be important and unique structural indicators of the plant depicted.  

Vicki has work published in many scientific journals, including Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and Flowering Plants of South Africa. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery and the Hunt Institute, and also form part of the Highgrove and Transylvanian Florilegia.  She teaches botanical art at the Universities of Cape Town (Summer school) and Stellenbosch (Hons. Illustration), in South Africa.

Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 3.45pm, £450 including a light lunch

Masterclass with Beverly Allen

2nd – 4th December 2019

The content of this course will be available soon.  If you would like to reserve a place, please do so via the application form.

Beverly is co-founder and president of the Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.   She has shown annually at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney ‘Botanica’ Exhibition since 1999, and exhibits internationally. Her work is held in private collections including the Shirley Sherwood Collection and the Isaac and Alisa Sutton Collection, as well as at the Hunt Institute, Kew, the Lindley Library, the Highgrove Florilegium and the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Sydney.

Beverly was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS exhibition in 2007 and in 2010 was awarded the inaugural Gold Medal for Botanical Art by the New York Botanic Gardens.

Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 3.45pm, £450 including a light lunch

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