Botanical Illustration Days in Watercolours (and gouache optional) with Simon Williams: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns near Penrith and Ullswater

Wildlife Illustration in Watercolours with Simon Williams - a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden, nr Ullswater, the Eden Walley and the Lake District, Cumbria


A masterclass with Simon Williams SBA on Botanical Illustration using Watercolours and Gouache paints.

We are delighted that Simon is visiting Greystoke for two days in early July 2022, and students are welcome to book just one, or both days, to suit. Simon specialises in Watercolour and Gouache techniques for boanical and natural history illustration. Some previous watercolour experience is recommended. Simon will provide much live plant material, and the garden at Greystoke will have plenty to offer. Otherwise, please bring along anything you particularly wish to paint.

Although the day is titled Botanical, Simon is happy to teach Wildlife illustration aswell, as long as students bring their own reference material for the day. He will only be providing resources relating to Botanical Illustration.

You will all learn to look and observe details, mix colour and master application techniques. Whichever your chosen medium you will learn to use a dry brush technique to render detail and texture to your painting. Colour swatches are also important and you will make colour notes etc to keep as future reference.

The mixing of dark colour in particular in order to create convincing shadows often leaves students perplexed, so through demonstration and individual tuition Simon shows how an understanding of colour relationships can provide the key to confident colour mixing and the painting of convincing three dimensional images.

We spent the time during lock down upgrading a first floor barn and our very spacious ‘Swallow Barn’ is now up and running! The new Quirky Workshop studio allows plenty of distancing for up to 10 people using 8 separate tables, two hand washing stations, a one way system, 2 stairways, sanitising and a large screen on which to project the live stream of tutor’s detailed work, allowing students to stay at their desks for all the previous ‘gather round’ moments.

Lunch is provided on separate trays and brought to each student at their desk by staff wearing masks. We’ve had very positive feedback from students remarking how safe they feel, whilst still being able to enjoy a favourite crafting day out, under as normal as possible circumstances.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served at your desk or in the tea garden. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).
Our days are considered real treats - many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.
We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 from our friendly family run Cycle Cafe Tea Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.


Annie Swarbrick at Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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Greystoke Craft Garden
CA11 0UT

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


2 days (9:30am to 4:00pm)

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