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Brackenwood Workshops, Bristol 2024

Themed all-day workshops and Mini Saturday morning workshops at Brackenwood Plant & Garden Centre, Pill Rd, Bristol BS8 3RA
Delicious home-made food cafe on site.

All workshops include helpful tuition throughout each day and come with a set of notes to take home.

Student Carol painting cyclamen
Student Georgie painting
Student drawing shells
Student Anne's sweetpea plant drawing
pen and ink work
Student Ann studying flower botany
Botany dissection illustration by student on a Jackie Isard workshop
Onion by student Freda


NEW! Mini Saturday morning workshops, 10am - 1pm £23.50
Please email me to join any of the below courses
29th June - Painting Rose petals
13th July - Botanical composition 1 - Balance, proportion, depth and white space. (Botanical composition 2 will be launched in 2025)
21st September - Painting Dark subjects - Darkness with light!

Please email me to join any of the below courses
£37.50 per day, £75 or two day courses, 10am - 4pm (Max 12 students )

Colour mixing with a limited palette
March - Saturday 2nd - Sunday 3rd
10am - 4pm £75
Watercolour experienced needed

Mixing with primaries is so simple once you know how. Using a limited palette we will paint a small composition of plants or nature subjects. I will teach you the colour mixing theory and demonstrate how to match colour to your subjects accurately. Bring along nature subjects or choose from the selection of plants at Brackenwood. Nature subjects can include autumn leaves, dried flowers, nuts, seedheads, seaside items and shells, fungi, wood/bark, lichen, insects, butterflies etc.

Pen and Ink with watercolour wash
May - Saturday 11th
10am - 4pm £37.50
Watercolour experienced needed
Watercolour washes can look very effective over pen and ink and make wonderful sketchbook studies. Use fine liners or a dip pen with permanent ink, then loosely colour with watercolour washes. Select subjects from the garden centre or bring your own.

Painting Woodland Treasures and Fungi
October - Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th
10am - 4pm £75
Watercolour experienced needed

We all love the woods! Paint or draw any of the following: Fungi, a woodland scene, an interesting tree, a branch with lichen or dried leaves, a colourful leafy area on the woodland floor, the choice is yours! Work from a photo or live subjects. Bring along fungi and other woodland treasures!

Mastering Neutral tones and Fine Details - Painting an Acanthus bract
November - Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th
10am - 4pm £75
Watercolour experienced needed

Rendering good colour tone, form and detail is essential to create realism in your work and during the course I will help you to achieve this. The course aims to teach students how to observe detail in an Acanthus bract which we will paint together from start to finish. 

You will also have a chance to select another small subject to paint if you finish before the end of the course. I have a box full of goodies to choose from or bring a small subject of your own choice!

If you are interested in any of the above workshops please do let me know as soon as possible to ensure you have a place booked. Pay on the day with cash or make a bank transfer (ask me for bank details). No deposit is required but please let me know at least 2 days before if you cannot attend so I can offer up your place to someone else. Thank you.
To book please contact me:

Mobile: 07813 864472


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