Botanical Painting Courses in the artist’s studio
Sheila is pleased to offer you the opportunity of joining one of the botanical painting courses that she runs from her studio in Watchet, Somerset. There are four or five courses a year. Numbers are very restricted; there are never more than six students at a time. Within the group there will be painters of all abilities, therefore Sheila’s individual coaching style is the key to an enjoyable and beneficial experience. Courses run from Wednesday to Saturday inclusive. The painting day is from 10-00 a.m. till 4-00 p.m. Tea and coffee is provided and a light lunch is served midday, at the inclusive price of £70.00 per day. Students booking for the full four day period pay a reduced fee of just £250.00. . An extensive library of art and horticultural books are on hand. We have the facility to reproduce your painting as a fine art print or greeting card. If you wish, you may also take advantage of our picture framing service
Watchet is a delightful, ancient harbour town nestling between the Bristol Channel and the Quantock Hills, right on the edge of Exmoor, famous for the walking, fishing and riding opportunities. The West Somerset Steam Railway, which stops at Watchet, is of great interest to visitors as is the lovely new marina. For accommodation; we are very lucky to have several very comfortable and friendly B & B’s in the town as well as a choice of holiday caravans, all just a very short walk to and from class in the morning and evening. If required, we would be pleased to arrange accommodation on your behalf. If you chose to travel by train, then we will collect you from Taunton Railway Station which is on the main line from London Paddington.
Whether you are starting out or refining your work to RHS medal standards, Sheila is keen to help. Please E-mail or call her on: 01984 634528 for further information and current availability.
Trained at the Ealing School of Art, to which her flower studies won her a scholarship at the tender age of 12, Sheila studied typography, graphics and textile design and later designed credits and titles for cinema and television films. However painting botanical subjects was her chief interest. She has been awarded Gold Medals by the Royal Horticultural Society. Her pictures have been exhibited at the Royal Academy and she has held many exhibitions of her uniquely detailed and accurate paintings of flora and fauna. She has been successfully passing these skills on for many years, including lecturing in botanical drawing & painting at Brunel University and adult education courses on behalf of Berkshire County Council. Her work is on permanent exhibition at the Hunt Institute for botanical illustration in Pennsylvania, and is included in the most important contemporary collections of botanical painting.