Discover the wonderful world of coloured pencils and learn how to create rich and colourful drawings of all things botanical – flowers, fruit and vegetables – all without adding water to the painting! This course, over the Easter weekend is for all levels of ability and is designed to show the simplicity and the effectiveness of using wax and oil based coloured pencils to create beautiful botanical drawings.

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.

Janie will bring along some of her own work to inspire you. You can see examples of her work at

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. Take a look at her website to appreciate the quality of her own drawings and paintings:

Bring a friend!

If you are attending a course at Flatford Mill at the sole occupancy price, we are offering a special rate for a friend or partner not enrolled on the course to also stay at £50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.

Please contact FSC Flatford Mill on 01206 297110 or [email protected] to book this offer.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport

Before You Attend

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.