Join Lisa Temple-Cox so you too can enjoy drawing from nature. This class offers the opportunity to make detailed observational drawings from natural history specimens and plants.

This gives you the opportunity to understand how to reproduce the morphology of various natural forms on paper.

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We will be working from a range of natural history resources, including native animal bones, dried plants and seedpods, sea shells, fossils, insects, and fresh plants gathered from the surrounding area.

We will begin with graphite pencil, but there will be opportunity to experiment with a range of drawing media including fine line pen, sanguine chalks (a wonderfully Renaissance medium) and charcoal pencils.

Refreshments are included, but please bring lunch with you.  

About the tutor

Lisa Temple-Cox

Lisa Temple-Cox’s work encompasses a range of media, underpinned by a strong observational drawing practice which is informed by human anatomy, natural history, and botany. Much of this is museum-based, although she often works from her own natural history collection in her studio at Cuckoo Farm, as well as plants from her garden and allotment.

She has developed her professional practice as a visual artist and researcher over the past 35 years. During this time she has been commissioned by both public organisations and private individuals, making artwork for institutions as varied as schools, hospitals, museums, libraries, and even public conveniences.  She has exhibited widely and is a practised speaker and workshop leader, and has undertaken a number of artist residencies in Europe and the USA.

Explore our range of botanical illustration courses hosted by our engaging tutors and learn from their expertise and skills. Our art courses are a chance to meet like-minded people, a chance to unwind from everyday life, and a great opportunity to experience the UK’s glorious countryside surrounding our field centres.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks

Refreshments are included, but please bring lunch with you.

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Please bring a sketchbook or sheets of paper suitable for drawing on – A5 or A4. Ideally of a mid-weight smooth cartridge paper: it doesn't need to be too heavy, but also not too thin - I'd look at between 140 – 190 gsm.
  • A range of pencils – if possible, between 4H and 4B, but ideally HB, B, or 2B – and erasers.

Additionally (but not necessary):

  • Bring fine liner pens if you like to work with these: I use Unipin, or Sakura pigma micron, as they have water/fade proof archival quality inks. As well as black, they are available in grey and sepia. I usually use a 0.05 or 0.1, but 0.3 or 0.5 are fine too.
  • If you have chalk/charcoal pencils, please feel free to bring those, but not loose/stick charcoal.
  • If you have a hand magnifier, please bring that too!
  • Otherwise, I will have a range of these media that you can try, to see if you like them before investing in your own.


Opportunities to attend this course

This course is not currently available to book. Dates will follow soon.

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