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Sketching the Beauty of Owls Workshop

Sat 11 - Sun 12 Mar 2017

Owl image KC 96dpi c Sarah Morrish

image: Sarah Morrish

Experience the incredible opportunity of having live owls as your sketching subject on this brand new drawing and painting weekend.


The aim of the course is to give everybody the opportunity to sketch using live owls as subject matter.  ‘Sketch’ being the emphasis for the morning part of the course.  These words from Naturalist and Artist John Muir Laws summarises the purpose of field sketching perfectly:

‘A field sketch is not about making a perfect illustration;

instead it is a tool that allows you to look more closely’.

‘The sketching process cements memories in your mind’


Beebo and Eddi, the barn and tawny owl, will be joining us each morning of the course for a 2 hour sketching session.  In the afternoon there will be the opportunity to develop your sketches further using more detailed graphite pencil techniques and watercolour paints, using photo reference images and museum specimens.

All levels of experience are welcome and our small class size will ensure individual tuition. 

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.


£229 pp Residential  -  includes 1 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home-cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition/activities.

£189 pp Non-Residential  -  includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.


The course will start at 10am on Saturday with a morning session and will finish at 4pm on Sunday with afternoon tea.

What to bring: 

A list of materials to bring with you will be provided separately.

Why not combine this with Sarah’s one day Illustrating Feathers Workshop (Fri 10 Mar) to make a long creative weekend break?

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This is a new course for 2017.


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Sarah Morrish

Owl image KC 96dpi c Sarah Morrish

Nature drawing montage 1 c Sarah Morrish