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An introduction to Botanical Art with watercolours

21st September 2022 / 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Create your own botanical masterpiece inspired by seasonal flowers : the dahlia edition, with Laura Crossman.

In this relaxed and fun workshop, Laura will introduce you to the foundational steps involved in creating your own botanical bloom using watercolours, and the mindful benefits the practice can offer. Areas of focus will include: specimen observation – out in the Far From The Madding Crowd garden and studio, nomenclature, accurate botanical drawing, mixing botanical colours, and a range of watercolour techniques (wet-in-wet, dry brush and glazing).

All artistic levels are very welcome, as the basics of watercolours will be covered.

All materials for the course will be provided (watercolours, brushes, paper, flower (dahlia) specimen).

Coffee/tea and a light lunch and drinks are included.

Spaces are limited so please book early. The workshop will be held at Far From The Madding Crowd in the village of Leavenheath, CO6 4PU. We will be in touch nearer the time with the exact location and any further information. Tickets are non-refundable.


Laura Crossman (@petalandponder) is a botanical artist and illustrator based between London and the green fields of Suffolk, which offers home-grown specimens and seasonal sources of inspiration. She creates slow, mindful watercolour pieces that are detailed, vibrant and always inspired by the natural world.

Laura is an alumni of the Society of Botanical Artists Diploma (DipSBA), and has been a resident at the FSC Flatford Mill (Suffolk) Botanical Illustration course for several years.

Daughter of a horticulturalist, grand-daughter of a renowned watercolour artist, my love of botanicals appears to be an obvious fit. But it wasn’t always the case. In my late twenties, after a long and busy day at work I joined an evening watercolour class nestled at the back of a florist’s shop. With limited expectations, other than a bit of escapism, I was surprised by the fulfilment and restoration I received from slowing down to observe and record a floral specimen.

Botanical art, for me, is green therapy with a paintbrush.

Instagram: @petalandponder

Website: www.petalandponder.com

Cost: £85.00