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Painting Spring Blossoms and Plants - CANCELLED

Tue 2 - Fri 5 May 2017

Campion Spring flowers course 300dpi c Sarah Morrish

image: Sarah Morrish

Learn to paint and illustrate fantastic flowers and plants on this relaxed workshop with Sarah Morrish, brushing-up on your plant identification skills along the way.

The lanes, hedgerows and meadows around the Kingcombe Centre will be awash with spring flowers, which gives participants on this course an ideal opportunity to focus on identification of botanical features of plants and then go on to explore the techniques used to draw and paint spring flowers and other plants, using graphite pencil and watercolour paint.  Indeed, you are encouraged to forage for material to inspire your work.  You will be guided in the art of botanical watercolour including techniques of observation, drawing, colour mixing and application of paint. Through the course you will learn how to draw plants and their features accurately, alongside colour theory, application of watercolour and other painting techniques, the latter of which will help to give a finishing touch to your artwork.

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 botanical accuracy.  The guidance and motivation you will receive on the course will equip you with the skills to develop in the future. 

This course is ideal for people wanting to keep a seasonal / nature sketchbook, or for those that would like to draw botanical features as part of their notes for vegetation surveys.  All levels of experience are welcome and our small class size will ensure individual tuition.  If you have any finished or semi-finished work you would like to bring please do so. It would be helpful to see how you are progressing and where Sarah can be of most help.

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.


£399 pp Residential  -  includes 3 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home-cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition/activities.

£279 pp Non-Residential  -  includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.


The course will start at 1pm on Tuesday with lunch and an introductory talk.  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:

Really enjoyed the course, lovely place, lovely group, lovely tutor.  Sarah was brilliant, so kind and couldn't do enough for her students.  I haven't drawn or painted for over 30 years and the course has given me the confidence and enthusiasm to get back to it.  Loved working in the Swallow Barn Studio, very comfortable and light and just the right size for our group - Vanessa.

Sarah Morrish was a very good teacher for my level of painting skill - absolute beginner. I was able to pick things up quickly and get started with my painting and now feel encouraged to continue.  The venue was very comfortable and the staff we met were very friendly. I would definitely think of coming again - Janet.

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Sarah Morrish

Botanical Painting Spring 2015 c Sarah Morrish (16)

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