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BOTANICAL PEN & INK MASTERCLASS - Copşa Mare, Transylvania

Botanical Pen & Ink Illustration with Sarah Morrish at


Transylvania School of Botanic Art & Illustration


October 2025

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Join Sarah in Copşa Mare, a farming village in southern Transylvania in early Autumn.  You will be surrounded by lowland wood pasture,  hectares of old Oak, Beech and Hornbeam forest, exceptionally rich in flora and fauna.

The open wood pastures will be explored during periods of fieldwork, examining some of the plant species found there, numbering over 1000.  During this time of year there will also be a variety of locally grown fruits, all making perfect subjects to bring back to the studio for more intensive study and drawing.

With only 6 spaces available, this workshop is suitable for those with  experience of detailed botanical drawing and will give you the opportunity to advance your drawing and pen and ink skills, receiving expert tuition tailored to your needs.  

Subjects covered will include:

  • Examining, choosing and preserving botanical subjects

  • Observational drawing

  • Interpreting form, texture, colour and pattern - purposes of mark-making

  • Use of different pens and papers for pen and ink work

  • Mark-making techniques -  specific to scientific botanical illustration

  • Mark-making techniques - creating more dynamic marks and atmospheric perspective

  • Composition and creating a narrative in your work

  • Those final touches in an illustration

To help you get the most from this workshop, Sarah will use an overhead camera linked to a computer screen so that you can see the full range of mark-making techniques used in her work.
The studio day will finish at 4pm, after which is free time.


2500 EUR 

This includes six nights of accommodation in your own room (you may be required to share a bathroom with one other person), five days of tuition, all meals and wine throughout your stay , and airport transfers (if you fly into Sibiu, either direct from Luton or via Vienna/Munich).

Rachel and James de Candole, our hosts, have restored the former town hall in Copsa Mare, originally built in the 1890s . This is now their family home and where you  will stay or in one of the two farmhouses they have restored in the village.  Meals will be eaten together, of fresh local produce (vegetarians and vegans catered for) included being hosted in the village for a couple of the evenings.

James, Rachel and Sarah look forward to welcoming you.
If you require further information regarding booking and accommodation please contact:



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