Weekend Retreat: Nature Journaling and Wellbeing

Booking now OPEN for my first nature journaling retreat! Enjoy two full days learning nature journaling at the beautiful School of Art & Wellbeing, Honiton. Three meditation sessions with meditation teacher Rachel Mann. Work on your nature journaling in the peace of the extensive and varied grounds, and contribute to a joint “journal wall” that we will create together! Monday 17th: Optional full-day guided nature journaling hike in the incredible Undercliffs nature reserve. Accomodation available on site. Click the booking link for further details.

Introduction to Garden Journaling

Based on the stunning walled vegetable garden of the School of Art & Wellbeing, you will learn fundamental drawing, writing, and observation skills based on elements of botanical illustration and nature journaling. Techniques from bullet journaling will also be used to help you construct illustrated pages for your gardening to-do lists.

Derwent Inktense pencils

Painting Nature in Derwent Inktense Course, Wednesday Nights

Derwent Inktense is a fantastic medium for creating artwork both indoors and outdoors. Bright and vibrant, Derwent Inktense pencils are similar to watercolour pencils, except they dry permanent like ink. Learn how to use Derwent Inktense pencils with confidence in this beginner-friendly 4-week course.

Painting the robin among the holly and ivy

Introduction to Derwent Inktense

Derwent Inktense is a fantastic medium for creating artwork. Bright and vibrant, Derwent Inktense pencils are similar to watercolored pencils, except they dry like ink. This allows you to build up layers. Textile artists use Inktense in their work as they work fabulously on fabric. Learn the basics of Derwent Inktense with nature artist Alex Boon. We will explore the Inktense range of pencils, pans, and blocks and how to use them successfully. The day will begin with swatching and tonal exercises followed by the creation of a small-to-medium botanical or bird painting in the afternoon on textured cotton rag paper. Alex will bring some of his photos and tracing paper so drawing is optional! All materials will be provided, but please also bring your Inktense if you have any.

Bird sketching in the journal

Bird Sketching Workshop

Learn to draw birds in this fun interactive workshop. Using photos, practice getting the “jist” of a bird in as few lines as possible – perfect for improving your sketching skills. Beginner friendly and indoor class.

Botanical Ink test strips

Botanical Ink Making

Learn the techniques to make inks from plants and trees in this full-day workshop. Lots of plant materials, vials, and all equipment provided, make a batch of botanical ink to take home with you! Beginner-friendly.

Coloured pencils in progress

Introduction to Coloured Pencil Course

Learn how to use coloured pencil effectively in this 4-week course covering the basics of colour mixing and blending, layer-building, and different strokes. Beginning with swatching and finishing with a portrait of a bird or favourite pet. Beginner-friendly, all materials provided.

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