Botanical illustration: the autumn garden

Sunday 1 October 2017


The course

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore and study nature’s harvest here at the Museum. Discover the beautiful colours, patterns and textures of a variety of autumn leaves, berries, seed pods, hips and haws on this fascinating one day course. Enjoy creating realistic botanical illustrations by drawing and painting them with precision and accuracy. This course is suitable for all abilities and allows you the opportunity to work at your own pace with plenty of help and guidance form your tutor.

The tutor

Leigh Ann Gale is a professional botanical artist and diploma graduate of the English Gardening School, Chelsea Physic Garden. She is an RHS medallist, Fellow of the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society and member of the American Society of Botanical Artists. She also contributes to the Nymans Gardens Florilegium Society in Sussex and the Sydney Florilegium Society, Australia. Her work is included in the Royal Archives and features in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, USA, plus many private collections in the UK and abroad. Leigh Ann teaches botanical illustration in Sussex, Surrey and south London, and undertakes commissioned work.

Participant information

The day is limited to a maximum of 10 participants.


Materials to bring:
Watercolours and/or coloured pencils (including water-soluble if you wish)
Graphite pencils 2H, H, HB
Putty rubber or good quality eraser
Hot pressed watercolour paper 300g/m2 (140lb)
Tracing paper, scissors, magic tape or low grade adhesive tape
Sable watercolour brushes with good points e.g. size 0 and size 3
Cartridge paper for drawing

It is advisable to wear layers as the course takes place in the Downland Gridshell.


£60 per person, this includes tuition, morning coffee and afternoon tea.
You can bring your own packed lunch or the café will be open at lunchtime.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.



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