Events

Since the Society was started we have always brought tutors, scientists and other experts to give workshops and talks to our members. These have included:

Rosemary Wise, Gren Lucus (Linnean Soc), Martin Allen, Colin Swinton, Jenny Brasier, Anne Marie Evans, Dr Martin Brown, Helen Allen, Christina Hart-Davies, Mariella Baldwin, Gillian Barlow, Tim Walker, Valerie Oxley, Sarah Gould, Keith Spurgin, Susan Hillier and Rosie Sanders.

The Society organises regular botany field trips and makes regular visits to Botanical Gardens and their archives. Past excursions include Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Oxford Herbarium, Natural history Museum, Chelsea Physic Garden, National Garden Museum of Wales, Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh, and the Botanic Gardens of Leicester and Cambridge.

Please note:  all workshops start at 10.00am in the Foundation Building at the Eden Project or at the Sawpit Studio, Heligan. Please check venue details and bring your usual painting materials and a packed lunch.

All workshops need to be booked in advance, please contact Ann Paull      (eapaull@btinternet.com)

Forthcoming Events

  • Saturday Mar 13th

    Susan Hillier Orchids

    A one day workshop at The Sawpit Studio, Heligan. Please bring own lunch, tea/coffee provided.

    Susan is an accomplished facsimile painter, having worked by recommendation of the National Portrait Gallery, she has been commissioned by British Rail, Tescos, McMullen’s Brewery, the Law Society, the Police College, and many private and commercial clients, for a variety of figurative work, much of it plant based, and some very large scale.

    For several years Susan worked as a scientific illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, where this prestigious work involved dissecting herbarium specimens. She has painted prize winning orchids for the RHS, and has RHS medals including gold. She has worked in commercial illustration and has illustrated many books, including eleven by Alan Titchmarsh. Susan enjoys teaching and is a tutor on the SBA Diploma course; she gives workshops and runs short courses in the West Country and abroad. Susan exhibits in Cornwall, London and abroad, and has work in collections worldwide, she has had several solo exhibitions.

  • Saturday Mar 20th

    Trengwainton Garden Visit

    Full details to be announced in due course.

  • Saturday Apr 10th
    11:00 am

    AGM

    AGM at Foundation Building Eden Project. Bring submissions for painting membership and/or assessment for archive donation (bring own lunch) followed at 2pm by dedication of Bronze Leaf for Mally in the Wild Cornwall Area at Eden. This event may move online. We will assess the situation at the end of February. If so, we will move the dedication to the summertime.

  • Sunday Apr 11th

    Assessment Day

    Due to Covid-19 this event will be moved to September. Details to follow.

  • Monday Apr 12th - Tuesday Apr 13th

    Helen Allen composition workshop – Order out of Chaos

    A two-day workshop at The Sawpit Studio, Heligan. A ‘Ding’ lunch is available £15 per head per day. A ‘Ding’ lunch is available £15 per head per day to be paid in cash on first day – book in advance with Pauline Gwennap direct (email paulinegwennap@aol.com any special dietary requirements).

    In January 2014 Helen opened a new school, The Chelsea School of Botanical Art at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Among Helen’s students some have gone on to exhibit internationally, win RHS gold medals, one has founded a Florilegium Society, namely Mally Francis, and another to illustrate for Curtis’ Botanical Magazine.

  • Friday May 7th - Saturday May 8th

    Sarah Morrish – Illustrating Nature’s Details

    A two-day workshop with Sarah Morrish – Illustrating Nature’s Details at Foundation Building Eden Project. Bring own lunch.

    Engaging people with the natural world through art

    Sarah combines science and art in producing paintings and illustrations that immerse you in many aspects of the natural world and its processes, using a variety of media ~ watercolour, graphite pencil, pen and ink, gouache.

    ​Sarah hopes to raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of nature in all its forms – from individual species to declining habitats.  Fieldwork and drawing from life plays a large part in the process, along with research; growing and nurturing botanical subjects and working from museum specimens.

    Her love of exploration, both near and far combines with her ecological knowledge; developing her garden to benefit wildlife; and also a passion for teaching.  She has taught for several national botanic gardens, florilegium and botanical art societies and at the ASBA annual conference in the USA.

    ​Sarah is a Fellow of the Linnean Society, a painting member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium, an exhibiting member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), and a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI)

    “I believe that immersing yourself in the natural world alongside drawing and painting, can really help to promote a sense of well-being”

    Sarah Morrish 

  • Friday Jul 16th - Sunday Jul 18th

    Exhibition at Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show

    Wadebridge Show Ground.

  • Friday Sep 17th - Saturday Sep 18th

    Sarah Gould Painting on Vellum workshop

    Two-day workshop at the Sawpit Studio, Heligan. ‘Ding’ lunch available £15 per head per day to be paid in cash on first day – book in advance with Pauline Gwennap direct (email paulinegwennap@aol.com any special dietary requirements).

    Sarah Gould qualified as a landscape architect in 1979 and later studied Botanical Illustration with Anne-Marie Evans. She works almost exclusively on calfskin vellum and taught at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art in London. She has been awarded two silver-gilt medals by the RHS and has exhibited in USA and at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew, and has work in permanent collections both here and abroad. Sarah’s work is included in the Highgrove Florilegium and the newly created Transylvanian Florilegium.

  • Saturday Oct 23rd

    Wet into Wet Julia Trickey

    One day workshop. Venue and cost TBC. Exhibiting regularly, Julia has been awarded four RHS gold medals amongst many other awards. She also tutors weekly classes near the beautiful historic city of Bath and other workshops further afield. In 2014 Julia’s illustrations were seen on Royal Mail Post & Go British Flora stamps.

    One day workshop. Cost and venue TBC.

     

Past Events

Saturday 14th November 2020

Susan Hillier Workshop

Foundation Building, Eden Project
Coloured Pencil
Cost £28

Friday 18th September 2020 10:00 am

Late Summer Colour Course 2

An autumn 3-day botanical course focused on flowers such as Japanese anemones, crocosmias, schizostylis and hydrangeas or anything else that is inspiring and good to paint.

If you’re a bit rusty with your paintbrushes due to lockdown, come and limber up!

The studio has a well-stocked library, lightbox and microscope and plant material will also be provided (though you are welcome to bring your own projects to work on).

As with other courses, there will be a few changes in the Sawpit Studio to keep us all safe, with numbers capped at 8, tables spaced well apart and plenty of hand-sanitiser, spray cleaners and socially-distanced working. We will ask everyone to confirm each day that they are well and have no symptoms.

Delicious two-course lunches are provided, but these will be individually portioned and covered and we will be eating at our desks in the studio to minimise risk.

The course is £200 including the catered lunches. Contact Laura Silburn <laurasilburn@hotmail.co.uk> to book.

 

Friday 4th September 2020 10:00 am

Late Summer Colour

A three day botanical painting course at the Sawpit studio

Hello everyone,

Many thanks to all of you who have kept going through this strange time and joining me online to share paint and plants. I have been so surprised at just how much is possible on Zoom and it has been a treat to be able to regularly see lovely people from all around the country, and even overseas. I do plan to continue the online classes in some form as long as there is a demand for them.

However, I have deeply missed our beloved Sawpit studio and being able to see all of you in person, especially those who can’t join the online classes. So, it is with great pleasure that I can tell you about a return to the Sawpit in Heligan Gardens so that we might once again meet and paint and relax in its beautiful surroundings.

I will be running a three-day course from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September looking at ‘Late Summer Colour’, of which there should be plenty at the start of this month. I’m hoping to bring flowers such as Japanese anemones, crocosmias, schizostylis and hydrangeas or anything else that is inspiring and good to paint.

There will be a few changes in the Sawpit to keep us all safe, with numbers capped at 8, tables spaced well apart and plenty of hand-sanitiser, spray cleaners and socially-distanced working. We will ask everyone to confirm each day that they are well and have no symptoms.

We will still have our delicious two-course lunches provided, but these will be individually portioned and covered and we will be eating at our desks in the studio to minimise risk.

The course will be £200 including the catered lunches each day. Plant material will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own projects to work on if you wish.

If you are interested in the course please contact me for information and booking and to let me know of any dietary requirements.

Best wishes and keep painting!

Laura x

laurasilburn@hotmail.co.uk

01726 816474

Sunday 17th November 2019

Workshop with Laura Silburn

Join award winning Laura Silburn as she guides us through how to create a really good sketch book page based on Mediterranean plants.

Saturday 19th October 2019

Autumn colours in the Sawpit Studio

You will receive plenty of one-to-one tuition tailored to you, whether you are a complete beginner or have a project you are already working on that you would like to bring along. The course is £195 for the full three days which includes a two-course lunch each day.

The studio also has a well-stocked library, lightbox and microscope and plant material will also be provided. A non-refundable deposit of £50 is payable on booking with the balance due two weeks prior to the course. For further information or to book please contact Laura Silburn

Friday 4th October 2019

An Introduction to Botanical Painting with the Eden Project Florilegium Society

This course takes place in the wonderful setting of the Mediterranean Biome at The Eden Project in Cornwall. This course will teach you how to use accurate line drawing and tonal shading and watercolours to turn this into a finished painting. It is suitable for complete beginners but we also welcome those who wish to revisit the basics, want to try a new type of art or just want to spend three days painting plants in the Med! Entry to the Eden Project, lunch and drinks for the full three days are included. For further details or to book visit the Eden Project website or call the booking line on 01726 811972.

Sunday 29th September 2019

All Members’ Painting Day

A get together at the Sawpit Studio to learn Green mixes (using Dianne Sutherland Colour Chart).

This is a Members’ Painting Day;  a time when we all get together and share resources and skills. Please bring your painting equipment including paper, and lunch unless you are going to visit Heligan cafe.

Saturday 13th April 2019

Painting Fritillary on Vellum

Diane Sutherland

Diane’s much awaited workshop coincided with the loss of our treasured Mally which made it very difficult to focus on painting. However, in true Mally style we soldiered on painting our Fritillary meleagris and bluebells on Kelmscott Vellum.

Diane demonstrated just how robust Kelmscott is to paint on, a glass like surface but with the ability to gently wash off errors, dry and start again. An excellent surface for dried brushwork.

We were also supplied with an extremely useful colour mix chart of greens and browns. Diane advocated her preferred use of Colbalt blue mixed with lemon for greens and using Cerulean in highlights.

At the close of the two day workshop Diane thanked us for our efforts in the circumstances and commented on what a very special person Mally must have been to have such an affect on all who attended. The workshop was therefore dedicated with our love to her memory.