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Illustrating Butterflies Workshop

Illustrating butterflies is wonderful, but has its challenges.  I recently taught a two day workshop to Northamptonshire Botanical Artists’ Society which focused exclusively on painting these gorgeous insects. Introduction to Butterflies We began with handouts and an introduction to the variety of insect life.  Touching on complete and incomplete life cycles, we also learnt their […] Read more
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Foraging with Kids at Hay Festival

Foraging with Kids Workshop at Hay Festival: Setting up   Back in May, Adele Nozedar and I ran a workshop at Hay Festival.  We aimed the workshop at children and their parents, and included foraging and drawing activities.  We were also there to promote out book, Foraging with kids, and had a lovely banner that […] Read more
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Autumn Illustration workshop at Cambridge Botanic Gardens

In the autumn I was lucky enough to do two day’s teaching at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens teaching a botanical illustration course with a focus on drawing autumn fruits, berries, and leaves,  to a class of twelve adults who varied from quite experienced to complete beginners.  The first day we looked at leaves, and collected a wonderful assortment from […] Read more

Flower Anatomy workshop

Why learn botany? I recently taught a workshop at the wonderful Walled Garden in Treberfydd on flower anatomy.  I think it’s vital for botanical illustrations to be well-informed about their subject matter.  To this end I think botanical illustrators need to learn some of the basics of how flowering plants are put together.  One of the best […] Read more

Festival of the Hedgehog

Natural history illustration includes demonstrations of botanical illustration skills, teaching, and loving animals like the humble hedgehog. Artist in residence during The Festival of the Hedgehog I was recently asked to be “artist in residence” and to lead a drop-in workshop at Ross-on-Wye’s central library.  This is to mark Ross’s Celebration of the Hedgehog (the symbol of the […] Read more

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