Illustrating Nature Workshop - A 3 Day Illustration Course

Illustrating Nature Workshop - A 3 Day Illustration Course


Take inspiration from fruit, birds and the beautiful Hawkwood surroundings during a weekend of creative experimentation.

Explore different ways to loosen up your illustrations, and how to move away from the pressures that can stifle creativity. Discover real techniques for overcoming the fear of the blank page and experiment with a whole range of materials and unusual tools.

This weekend workshop will be full of practical ideas to enrich your drawings, taking inspiration from nature to create images that are full of energy, character and life.

In this Illustrating Nature workshop, artist-illustrator Laura McKendry explores the many ways the natural world can inspire our art. From painting directly from nature, to looking to our surroundings for unusual tools and ideas.

We’ll be drawing on the breathtaking surroundings of Hawkwood for our inspiration, looking at ways to create images of nature in playful and experimental ways. This is a weekend that gives time, space and inspiration to immerse yourself in the creative process. And develop a unique way of creating illustrations inspired by the natural world.

In her own work, Laura combines different materials including watercolour, ink, coloured pencil and less usual approaches such as sticks, teabags, hands and emulsion paint. She gives focused direction in her teaching, but also encourages students to make their own discoveries about different tools and materials without any fear about getting it ‘wrong’.

Laura is fascinated by the way we individually explore the process of creating – its joys, frustrations and everything in between. Her teaching is honest and accessible, and draws on her own experience of the creative process and how she weathers the trickier moments.

Please bring any associated items you would need such as palettes, fixatives, specific brushes.

A full list of suggested materials such as ink, paper, paint and other materials will be sent across to your email.

Please get in touch for any further questions.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Residential includes 3 days and 2 nights with meals and refreshments provided, non residentials include the 3 day course. Prices based individually, materials not supplies.


Bookings Team at Hawkwood CFT


Painswick Old Road

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users


3 days (4:00pm to 4:00pm)

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