Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel courses from March to 1st August, we hope you will find an event later in the year that you can attend.

Natural History is fast becoming increasingly popular thanks to extensive media coverage. Blue Planet, Springwatch and many more such programmes have helped raise the profile of the natural world like never before. There is a growing desire to record the beauty of nature not only in photography, but in paint, and other media. Wildlife, birds, insects, sea life, fossils etc, make wonderful subject matter for the artist and the ways to illustrate them are endless.

The course aims to teach the rudimenteries of natural History Illustration, from sketching in situ, to exploring and experimenting with different ways to portray subject matter. This is mainly a studio based course and tuition will be group and one to one. Demonstrations and discussion will continue throughout the course and individual ideas will be encouraged and developed.

As we will be working in a marine environment, emphasis will be on beach subjects like shells, pebbles, seaweed, feathers, mermaids purse, empty shellfish parts, and any other found treasures of interest.

Tutor: Rosie Martin

Rosie Martin holds an RHS Gold medal and has taught courses at the Eden Project Cornwall, Dartington Hall, Devon, and at venues in San Francisco, Canada and Switzerland. She is co-author/principal illustrator of four bestselling books on botanical and natural history illustration, she exhibits worldwide and is an experienced teacher in many art-based subjects.
  • Shells illustration by Rosie Martin
  • Feather illustration by Rosie Martin
  • Crab illustration by Rosie Martin

Example Timetable

This is a studio based course, tuition will be on a 1:1 basis with some group teaching and there will be demonstrations and ongoing discussion throughout the course.

Group and individual discussion about the aims and objectives and timing for the week.

The morning will be spent sketching subjects and beach combing on Slapton Sands.   Afternoon – back in the studio and time to assemble the specimens.   Continue sketching and drawing finds as comprehensively as possible.

Spend the day experimenting with different materials and the application of techniques,  playing around with composition ideas,  while also beginning to plan and design an attractive,  lively still life group.

Thursday and Friday
Will be spent working up trials into a complete and finished design.  The experimental techniques from previous days can now be brought together in a final still life design.

What's Included

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

Before You Attend

Start and Finish Times

Resident participants are requested to arrive for registration between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on arrival day, after this time self-directed arrival information will be posted on the front door. There will be an introductory talk at 5:00pm. Supper is usually at 6:30pm. Non resident bookings should arrive just before 5.00pm. A non resident booking also includes dinner during your course as teaching does progress into the evening. Breakfast, for resident participants, will be from 8:00am. The course will end at 3.00pm.  On the final day please vacate your room by 9:00am, storage is provided for your luggage.

What to Bring

Materials list:

  • Magnifying glass
  • Knife or scalpel,
  • Drawing board
  • White heavyweight cartridge paper sketchbook
  • Mixing plate and water jars if using paint
  • Eraser
  • Blu tac
  • If you have already some beach find favourites at home and would like to use them too – please bring a selection with you.
  • Graphite pencils, watercolour paints and brushes,  I will have watercolour paper and pens for pen and wash for sale at cost price.   And only if you already have them – coloured pencils.
  • A  smooth cartridge pad (to replace existing sketchbook blurb).

Also, a lunch box.  This course  is Studio based (so there is no need for easels, seats etc).

Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item