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Garden Wildlife Workshop in Artists’ Pencils or Watercolour 20th July 2023

July 20 @ 10:15 am - 1:30 pm

Sally’s workshops are a blend of artistic techniques and environmental activities. Her aim is to give participants a ‘birds’-eye’ view.

Choose between 2 different artistic mediums:-

Option 1 Artists’ Pencils or Option 2 Watercolour:-

Option 1 – Garden Wildlife in Artists’ Pencils

* Hints and tips about bumblebee habitat, including plants in the garden, their anatomy, and photographing bumblebees.

* Creating a bumblebee shape, drawing up and using the techniques with artists’ pecils of layering, blending and lifting out, to create a finished piece.

* Suggested resources for students to bring – good quality cartridge paper or watercolour paper (such as hot-pressed {smooth}), Artists’ colour pencils such as Derwent Studio or Caran D’Ache, erasers, HB pencils, sharpener, and sellotape.


Option 2 – Garden Wildlife in Watercolour

* creating an overall composition (flowers included!).

* learning how to mix colours, laying on shape with value (darks and lights) to begin the painting.

* learning about hard and soft edges to create perspective and distance.

* wet and dry work and a quick overview of transparent pigments to create a finished piece.

* Suggested resources for students to bring – good quality watercolour paper, either hot-pressed or NOT (but not rough) preferably 250gsm upwards, to allow for wet work that day, round brushes numbers 8, 6, 4, 2, and 1, palette and old round brush for mixing, water jar and some kitchen roll, HB pencil or blue colour pencil and eraser for underdrawing.

Meet at 10.15am for complimentary coffee and cake. The workshop commences at 10.30am with a light lunch at 1pm. If required we will take an additional coffee break. Once booked we will contact you closer the time to check your food requirements.

Sally is not just a wildlife artist but has been actively ‘rewilding’ in the garden for the last five years. Although she has always gardened without the ‘help’ of chemicals, the ‘rewilding’ has resulted in at least ten species of bumblebee in residence, including a rare fully black bumblebee. Lots more bird species, butterfly and dragonfly species, as well as toads and wildflowers are now living in her garden.

Having taught for many years in adult education, Sally’s workshops are a blend of artistic techniques and environmental activities. Her aim is to give participants a ‘birds’-eye’ view of the wonderful bumblebee through their art and they will be able to learn about the techniques and materials featured in each workshop to create their own bumblebee portrait.

Refund policy: Refunds up to 30 days before event (all refunds are subject to a £10.00 administration fee).

Eventbrite’s booking fee is non-refundable.

Photography disclaimer: Please be aware that photographs may be taken throughout the event and may be used for marketing purposes.


Preston Bissett Nurseries and Country Shop
Bushey Lane
Preston Bissett, England MK18 4ND United Kingdom


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We like our nursery staff to have valued horticultural qualifications and experience in horticulture and retail.

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