ONLINE WORKSHOPS - Workshops for organisations

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Online workshops for organisations are taking a break over the late spring and summer months in 2022.

Do please get in touch using the form below if you would like to discuss teaching options for workshops to take place in autumn and winter 2022 and also in 2023

During the ongoing health crisis many of us were confined to our homes and immediate local areas. 

As artists we may be used to working on our own at times, but if we belong to a group that regularly meets we can miss the companionship and opportunity to draw and paint together.

Although not a replacement, taking part in an online workshop with members from your group can help fill the gap of not meeting in person, provide a positive way to bring your members together and also nurture your group as a whole.

It is also a great way to receive tuition from a popular and professional tutor outside of your own country/area.


Why not join Sarah in her home studio?  

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1 day workshop option ~ Zoom Meetings Platform

  • x2 live demo sessions, 2 hours each

  • Dual camera view - tutor and work area

  • Supporting learning resources/handouts shared via email 

  • Time set aside for question and answer sessions

  • Access to recorded demo sessions after event has finished

  • 15 attendees maximum

  • Individual feedback after event - optional extra

  • Bespoke themes available - optional extra

Another popular workshop option is:

  • As above

  • x2 live demo sessions, 3 hours each

  • Each session 1 week apart

  • Tutor support via a designated and private Google Classroom between sessions

  • Access to additional learning resources via Google Classroom

Workshop themes

(Bespoke themes are available)

Botanical Dissections & Portraying Internal Plant Structures ~ Practical dissection with drawing

(Any time of year - extended workshop option only)

Sarah will guide you through the dissection process using the live demo sessions and covering several plant species/varieties as well as woody specimens.  You will then learn more about the measuring and portrayal processes.  Within the group there will further learning resources available for the duration of the extended workshop, such as links to other video tutorials, image folders, PDF digital downloads.

Illustrating Hidden Features of Trees & Shrubs ~ Botanical investigation with drawing

(February, March, April - 1 day workshop option only)

There are many features of trees and shrubs that remain hidden and are not always portrayed in botanical illustrations/paintings.  Through investigation using the live demo session, Sarah will  guide you in discovering features such as internal pith structure, lenticels, bundle scars, leaf scars and explore the internal structure of buds too.  We will then move on to methods of collecting reference material and the drawing process of the features we have discovered.

Illustrating Stems, Attachments & Defences ~ Drawing & Watercolour

(March, April, May - 1 day workshop option only)

In some cases stems can be one of the most challenging features to portray in botanical art and illustration.  This workshop will explore the many forms of stems and their associated attachments, some of which act as defences.   During the live demos we will look at some of these and take a methodical approach in drawing their structure and portraying their form and colour in graphite pencil and watercolour.

Twigs & Buds in Pen & Ink

(February, March, April - available for both workshop options)

Sarah is well known for her illustrations of twigs and buds, particularly during the months of late winter and early spring.  During the live demos we will look at the twigs and buds of a variety of tree and shrub species and identify their specific features.  We will then move onto illustrating the specimens in pen and ink using technical drawing pens or fine line pens. becoming familiar with and using the most suitable mark-making techniques to portray form, texture and pattern.  If you choose the extended workshop option within the group there will further learning resources available for the duration of the workshop, such as links to other video tutorials, image folders, PDF digital downloads.

Illustrating Pods & Caspules ~ Drawing & Watercolour

(Any time of year - available for both workshop options)

Many botanical artists keep a collection of dried plant specimens and especially those that keep their shape and form.  Botanical pods and capsules are inspirational subjects at any time of year with varying shapes, textures and colours , internally and externally.  During the live demos we will explore structured drawing techniques, such as using contour lines to understand form.  We will then follow with watercolour techniques that we can use to depict  how the light interacts with the subject, varying surface textures, transparency of plant tissue and finer details.  If you choose the extended workshop option within the group there will further learning resources available for the duration of the workshop, such as links to other video tutorials, image folders, PDF digital downloads.

Online Workshop Feedback

'Thank you so much for your brilliant workshop incorporating so much into one day.  Your generous sharing of knowledge and skill is much appreciated as I’ve learnt new insights which I hope to bring to my practice'.

'Outstanding, an excellent instructor'

'I thought the course and materials were very well organized, and beautifully presented'.

'I really appreciated Sarah's in depth knowledge from both a scientific and artistic perspective and how she applied this to teaching members with a variety of skill levels'

'The workshop spoke to the "scientist" in me! I am a long way from understanding it, but it was a lovely introduction for me'!

'I’ll always prefer in-person. But how wonderful to be able to take your workshop from my home'!

'It is much easier to see what you, the instructor, is doing via the camera and video'. 

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Your questions answered

How often are the workshops available?

Sarah only teaches 1 organisation workshop per month

How do I arrange a workshop?

Contact Sarah to discuss proposed theme, structure of workshop, number of participants, proposed dates and costs.  A Tuition Agreement will be issued once details are confirmed.

How do we pay the tuition fee?

Payment for tuition is due no more than 10 working days from the date of the last workshop session.

Payment can be made via Paypal or alternatively via bank transfer.  No overseas cheques are accepted.

How do member's book onto the workshop?

Your organisation workshop co-ordinator will deal with all bookings and associated admin for the workshop.

What information do you issue to our members?

PDF documents including workshop information and materials sheets will be provided and sent to your workshop co-ordinator to distribute to all members.

How do members join the workshop?

Joining instructions for the workshop format of your choice will be sent 3-4 days before each workshop for you to distribute to your members that will be attending the workshop.

Do the members need to be signed up to Zoom Meetings

All of those members wishing to attend your chosen online workshop, will either have to  be registered with Facebook, or be able to download the Zoom Meeting app onto their device.  No payment is required to access either platform.

What technical support will be available?

All workshop attendees will need to ensure that they have a reliable internet connection to view the live demo sessions and to have access to all learning resources.  Full responsibility for this lies with your members.

To access Zoom Meetings members will need to have a web cam installed on their computer if they wish to be seen during the workshop and a microphone if they wish to be heard.  (A lot of computers now have both already installed).

Viewing the live demo sessions on both platforms is best through a desktop or laptop computer, although a tablet computer will be satisfactory.

If you would like to discuss booking an online workshop with Sarah, please use the form below

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