ZOOM STUDIO SESSIONS - from Sarah's home studio

Why not join Sarah in her home studio for themed tuition sessions in botanical and natural history art?  

  • Each session lasts 2 hours and covers a set theme

  • Various media ~ watercolour ~ gouache ~ pen & ink ~ graphite pencil

  • 'Live' demonstration time, presentations & other learning resources included

  • Question & answer times during each session

  • Dual camera view - tutor & work area

  • 15 attendees maximum

  • See each session description for experience level

  • Sessions take place on the Zoom meeting platform

  • Private access to the recorded session for 1 week after the session

Each session is carefully created to support you in your learning according to your skill level and give you the opportunity to focus on learning time just for you. 

There will be clear aims and objectives given at the beginning of each session; guidance on the use of specific materials and equipment that are applicable to the theme and media; demonstration of techniques;  a window onto the natural world helping you to connect to the subject matter and understand more about it to inform the development of your artwork; but most of all to have fun alongside others with a mutual interest.

Session Themes, Dates & Times - Click here for Zoom Studio Session Handbook

Introduction to pen and ink for scientific botanical illustration


Tuesday 26th January 2021

15.30-17.30 UK time

This session will introduce you to the fundamentals that you need to know for illustrating botanical subjects in a scientific way.  These will include the correct use of mark-making techniques to ensure plants and their features are illustrated with less ambiguity and how to use these mark-making techniques to create form, texture and pattern.  In addition, we will look at the range of pens suitable for this type of illustration.

Suitable for those who wish to illustrate plants scientifically and are new to using pen and ink as a media, or those who wish to enhance their pen and ink drawing skills.

This Zoom Studio Session is now


Making the most of your botanical sketchbook


Tuesday 16th February 2021

15.30-17.30 UK time

Take a trip through Sarah's botanical sketchbooks and study pages.  She will share ways in which you can utilise your sketchbook to the full in studying all aspects of a flowering plant, as well as lichens, ferns and fungi.   There will be a thorough overview of the advantages and disadvantages of different types of sketchbooks and you will be able to discuss with her what your sketchbook needs are, whether it be for use in the studio, a class or whilst working in the field.

Suitable for those new to botanical art or artists that would like a refreshing boost to help utilise their sketchbook more to benefit their creative journey.

This Zoom Studio Session is now


Using a dip pen for sketching nature £40

Thursday 25th February 2021

15.30-17.30 UK time

There are so many types of nibs available to use in dip pens and during this session Sarah will introduce you to the ones she most favours for sketching nature.  She will often use a dip pen with no prior pencil drawing and this brings a sense of freedom and escape in her artistic practice whilst still being conscious of portraying subjects in a natural and accurate manner.  Watch Sarah live as she demonstrates this and she will also introduce you to the most suitable inks to use with dip pens as well as paper.

Suitable for those with some experience of drawing natural history subjects.

This Zoom Studio Session is now


Drawing and Painting items from the nature box £40

15.30-17.30 UK time

Many botanical and natural history artists have their own natural collection.  Sarah will use items from her own collection to demonstrate the structural drawing techniques she uses to portray accuracy, detail and understanding form.  Following on from this she will then introduce you to colour mixing and painting techniques for a variety of subjects.  Additional learning resources will also be provided.

Suitable for those with experience of detailed drawing and watercolour painting techniques in botanical and/or natural history art.

Session 1:  Shells and stones  Tuesday 9th March 2021

Session 2:  Beetles  Tuesday 16th March 2021

Session 3:  Fossils  Monday 12th April 2021

Other useful information

  • You will need access to a computer and a good internet connection

  • You will need to download the Zoom Meetings platform which is free and be responsible for any technical issues that may occur. Sarah can not take responsibility for these or provide support in this area.

  • Each session is usually a 'stand-alone' session and this is not a structured course where individual feedback is provided after each session.

  • Payment is via the Paypal payment button for your chosen course using a Paypal account or your debit/credit card.

  • Once payment has been made you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours,  with further details of the Zoom Studio Session and its theme.

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