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Exploring the beauty of butterflies: two day workshop with Mary Ellen Taylor at Sculpture by the Lakes

Duration: Two days

Price: £200

Book with: Monique Gudgeon
at Art & Inspiration at Sculpture by the Lakes

Pallington Lakes

Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

About the Course

The sight of the first butterfly in the garden after a long, dark winter makes the heart skip a beat, restoring faith in the warmth and colour that spring brings.

In this two-day workshop, Mary Ellen Taylor, botanical artist based at the Chelsea Physic Garden, London, will share her tips for capturing the beauty of these ephemeral creatures through watercolour. Step-by-step guidance will be given to produce a lovely small study focusing on species naturally found in the gardens of Sculpture by the Lakes.

Mary Ellen Taylor’s love of flora and fauna began in the Galapagos Islands and Andes where she lived for 2 decades before settling into the Chelsea Physic Garden to study botanical painting. Still based at the Physic Garden, Mary Ellen was Diploma Course Director for both The English Gardening School and Chelsea School of Botanical Art and continues to teach. Mary Ellen’s work has been published, sold internationally and recently selected for inclusion in the Transylvania Florilegium being created under the umbrella of HRH The Prince of Wales’s Foundation Romania.

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What's included in the price?

The cost of this course includes lunch as well as tea and coffee during the day.

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Very difficult to find a local acrylic painting course, and was delighted with the quality of the two day course with Andrew. I agree that maybe either shorten the tasks to fit them in, but as we need all the essential elements maybe just add another day instead! :)

The ease which Andrew teaches the elements of the course using his personal techniques, colour palette and finish gave us the confidence that we too can achieve a painting we can be proud of!

Well done Sculpture by the Lakes, more of the same please!

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Response from Art & Inspiration at Sculpture by the Lakes:

Dear Linda - So glad that you enjoyed the course with Andrew here at Sculpture by the Lakes and you will pleased to know he is already talking about a return trip, hopefully next year, and this time a course run over three days!

A lovely setting to hold a course. A course designed for beginners demonstrating techniques rather than accomplishing a finished piece. Andrew Denman was an excellent tutor who not only made the course interesting and informative but gave so much of himself rather than just demonstrating. I felt I learned a lot and this has course has started me on my journey with acrylics.

The food in the cafe is excellent. Unfortunately bad weather stopped us being able to visit the gardens but in good weather this would certainly have been another attraction. However, we were able to visit the gallery where Andrew and Simon were holding an exhibition. Entrance was free.

Overall an excellent course and I will certainly be interested in visiting again.

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Response from Art & Inspiration at Sculpture by the Lakes:

Dear Kim - thank you so much for your very kind comments and so glad you enjoyed Andrew's course and the exhibition in the new Barn Gallery. I know Andrew will be back to teach another course, hopefully next year, but we will keep you up to date on any new dates as they come up. Sorry about the weather, it was rather wet!

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Response from Art & Inspiration at Sculpture by the Lakes:

Dear Jill - Thank you for your kind comments about Andrew's course and so glad you enjoyed it. We will make sure future classes with that many people are held in one of our bigger spaces next time and with individual lighting, but thank you for letting us know.

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  • Intermediate level
  • Weekends
  • Wheelchair friendly

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