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Brush with Nature - Illustrating Butterflies and Moths

Mon 1 - Fri 5 Aug 2016

Garden tiger 200dpi c Sarah Morrish

image: Sarah Morrish

Learn techniques of drawing and painting the beautiful butterflies and moths that are abundant in Kingcombe’s meadows and woodlands in summer.

This course will explore the techniques used to draw and paint butterflies and moths, including drawing to scale and accurate colour-mixing.  In addition there will be the opportunity to take part in a guided butterfly walk on the Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve and a chance to observe moths from the moth trap, a non-harmful method to monitor the moth species found in an area. 

Initially we will create an illustrated study sheet of a particular species and by the end of the course each student will have completed a painting to take home having learnt during the week what to look for in terms of composition, form and accuracy.  There will be demonstrations and individual tuition throughout the week and also access to numerous natural history art resources, such as books, articles and examples of artist’s work.  Photographs and set specimens will be used as subject matter.

This course is ideal for people wanting to keep a seasonal/nature sketchbook.  All levels of experience are welcome and our small class size will ensure individual tuition.  The guidance and motivation you will receive on the course will equip you with the skills to develop in the future. 

About the Leader:

Sarah Morrish's fascination and passion for illustrating the natural world stems from childhood and combined with her previous work in the field of conservation, her artwork depicts natural forms in a variety of media.  Watercolour is the predominant medium she uses, but her detailed work is also portrayed using other media, such as acrylics, graphite pencil and lino-cuts.  She holds the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Certificate in Botanical Illustration and has been a full exhibiting member of the Society of Floral Painters since 2000.  Sarah received a Certificate of Botanical Merit (CBM) from the Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition in 2014 for her painting of Echinacea purpurea, which was judged by Dr Brent Elliott, Historian of the RHS who compared her painting to those of Arthur Harry Church. 


£495 pp Residential  -  includes 4 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition/activities.

£335 pp Non-Residential  -  includes all of the above except bed and breakfast.


The course will start at 1pm on Monday with lunch followed by walk and afternoon session.  The course will finish at approximately 2pm on Friday after lunch.

What to bring: 

A full list of suggested art materials and equipment will be sent separately.

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Comments from previous events:
I came on the Spring Botanical painting course run by Sarah.  She is Fabulous.  Very well organised, works at the ability and speed of all her pupils, her style of teaching is very effective and informative without making you feel you are in a lecture!  I was so engrossed the time flew by and I learnt so much - Jo.

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Sarah Morrish

3 blues 300 dpi c Sarah Morrish

Autumn Painting 2014 (18)