New courses added to Kingcombe education programme
(Above) Art courses at Kingcombe by Christina Hart-Davies (below) Autumn Leaves by
Sarah Morrish and 'Dianthus' by Jenny Major
An exciting update to the Kingcombe Education Centre’s programme of residential and day courses has been announced, including new art courses for all ages and abilities.
In addition to the current line-up of courses, the Kingcombe Centre is pleased to be working with local artists to add an extensive list of wildlife painting courses, including ‘Painting autumnal fruits, berries and seedheads’ with Sarah Morrish RBGE Cert BI and ‘Painting summer flowers and fruits’ with Jenny Major DipSBA.
Tutors with a fascination and passion for illustrating the natural world
Sarah has always had a fascination and passion for illustrating the natural world, and has worked in the field of conservation with a degree in Ecology and Conservation biology. Water colour is the predominant medium she uses, but her detailed work is also depicted using other mediums such as graphite pencil, gouache and acrylic inks.
Jenny is a retired geography teacher and civil servant who has invested much time and effort into incorporating love of botany into Botanical illustration. This has involved attending a range of tutorials, demonstrations and workshops as well as completing the SBA Diploma in Botanical Illustration. Learning new techniques is essential for developing your skills but water colour is the primary medium used. Jenny is part of a team delivering tuition in a Botanical Illustration Course to students in her home area as well as taking the opportunity to exhibit when possible.
Group demonstrations and one-to-one sessions
Tutor, Christina Hart-Davies, will be running the three day residential course, ‘Painting summer plants in watercolour’ from Friday 20th Sunday 22nd June 2014. Christina said: “From observing the form and texture of summer plants to reproducing their luscious hue in watercolours and capturing them accurately petal for petal, experienced painters will have a chance to learn new skills while brushing up on existing techniques. I will be on hand throughout the weekend to give group demonstrations as well as one-to-one sessions.”
Kingcombe is an inspirational and tranquil place to learn
DWT’s West Dorset Living Landscapes Manager, Debbie Watkins said: “These new courses are perfect for Kingcombe the tranquil and inspiring setting of wild flower meadows couldn’t be better for people to learn in. All courses include accommodation in one of our en-suite wildlife-themed rooms and also include all meals and morning and afternoon tea, so students can focus entirely on enjoying the course and developing their skills.”
Find out more
To find out more about the Kingcombe Centre courses, click here or phone 01300 321329 for more information.
Notes to Editor
RBGE Cert BI Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Certificate in Botanical Illustration.
DIP SBA Society of Botanical Artists Diploma.
Residential courses: (includes tuition, accommodation and all meals)
Course title: Painting Summer Flowers and Fruits
Tutor: Jenny Major
Dates: 9th - 13th June 2014
Course title: Painting autumnal flowers
Tutor: Jenny Major
Dates: 8th - 12th September 2014
Course Title: Historical Ecology of Kingcombe
Tutor: Oliver Rackham
Dates: 12th 14th September 2014
Course Title: Painting autumnal fruits and berries
Tutor: Sarah Morrish
Dates: 6th 10th October 2014
Course Title: Summer Plants in Watercolour
Tutor: Christina Hart-Davies
Dates: 20th 22nd June 2014
Course Title: Fifty Shades of Green
Tutor: Sally Pinhey
Dates: 22nd 26th September 2014
Day Courses: (includes tuition, lunch, plus morning and afternoon tea)
Course Title: Hedgerow Harvest
Tutor: John Wright
Dates: 10th May 2014
(early booking is advised for this course to secure your place)
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation