Botanical Illustration Using Coloured Pencils



This exciting course is for those who may not have a previous knowledge of coloured pencils but who are interested in botanical art and wish to explore the wonderful world of coloured pencil drawing. Whilst no previous knowledge of coloured pencil use is necessary, basic drawing skills of plants would be beneficial. Good quality coloured pencils are ideally suited to botanical art. Far superior to the ‘crayons’ we used at school, modern coloured pencils designed for professionals enable the user to create the most intricate and vibrant illustrations. The course will begin by covering the basic techniques so that beginners can become acquainted with the pencils. Composition and observation of plant materials will also be covered at the beginning of the course. Subject matter for this course will not be confined to just flowers as leaves, fruit and vegetables also offer the most exciting of challenges and will teach students a variety of approaches to their chosen subjects. Students may bring their own plant material if they wish. Course tutor: Janie Pirie Janie Pirie is one of the leading coloured pencil artists in the UK. She is member of the Society of Botanical Artists and has been awarded their Gold Medal for her work. What to Bring - Canson ‘Moulin du Roy’ HP 300g or any other good quality HP paper - A good selection of artists’ quality coloured pencils. Janie recommends the following: Faber-Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor, Lyra Rembrandt, Polycolor and Caran d’Ache Pablo or Luminance. If you can afford to it is best to have a complete set of colours. - A sketchbook or some cartridge paper - A couple of sheets of tracing paper - One or two graphite pencils – H, HB - An eraser – plastic or putty - A good quality pencil sharpener Janie will have a selection of materials you can buy including paper, sharpeners, erasers, a selection of coloured pencils (the most popular colours) and a variety of other ‘tools’ you may find useful to create your drawing – all of which will be demonstrated by Janie. Please note that the Centre shop does not stock art materials, apart from loose sheets of Bockingford 140 lb paper. About Flatford Mill We have four buildings that are used for visitor accommodation. Whilst most rooms are either en-suite or have a dedicated bathroom, there are some rooms in The Mill that share showers and toilets at the end of the hall. If this is unsuitable for you please make the office staff aware upon booking or as soon as possible. Please be aware that you are visiting a Field Centre that caters in the main for school parties; the accommodation is basic and dormitory style, but warm and comfortable.

What's included in the price?

Expert tuition Free Wi-Fi Full board accommodation Hot and cold drinks In course transport Full board accommodation and picnic lunch is available for resident bookings only. Refreshments are included for all, but non-resident bookings are advised to bring lunch with you.


3 days

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Weekends
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Residential
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Advanced/pro level
  • UK Holiday
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for all abilities
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Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, , Suffolk, CO7 6UL

Booking options

Resident (Sole Occupancy)
19:00 - 16:00
£292.00 See dates
Resident (Shared Room)
19:00 - 16:00
£254.00 See dates
19:00 - 16:00
£205.00 See dates