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Cambridge University Botanic Garden Courses & Events Programme

Basketry Courses 2017

Rush basketry

Rush basketry workshop (suitable for all levels)

£130.00

Description

Tutor: Nadine Anderson
Date: Tuesday 03/10/17 to Wednesday 04/10/17
Time: 10am - 4pm
Price: £130

This two-day rush basketry course, led by local basket maker Nadine Anderson, is suitable for both beginners and experienced weavers. It will offer the chance for you to explore a variety of weaving techniques to create both pattern and form. During the two-days you will have the chance to try your hand at making baskets, mats and vessels made both on and off moulds. There will be emphasis on learning techniques to help you explore pattern and texture and on understanding the rushs (Schoenoplectus lacustris) growth habit, harvest and uses through history. Nadine will also give you guidance on how common leaf material that can be found within your gardens at home, can be used in similar ways to the rush for creating future projects with your new skills.
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Willow Bike Baskets

Making Willow Baskets (suitable for beginners)

£130.00

Description

Tutor: Debbie Hall
Date: Wednesday 15/11/17 to Thursday 16/11/17
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Price: £130

Learn how to make your own round, stake and strand basket, using willow in a range of rich colours on this two-day workshop. Led by local basket maker and willow grower Debbie Hall, the workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers. The two-days allow plenty of time to really absorb techniques properly without rushing, and to produce a lovely, shopper-type basket with rod border and wrapped handle.

For those who have previous experience making a round basket there will be an opportunity to extend your skills with different side weaves and borders, and those with even more experience may wish to complete a basket project of their choice.

Note: The Botanic Garden closes at 4pm in November so participants will not have access to the Garden when this course finishes.
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Botanical Art & Illustration Courses 2017

Illustrating insects

Illustrating Insects from the Zoology Museum

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Ian Loe
Date: Tuesday 28/11/17 to Thursday 30/11/17
Time: 10am – 4pm
Price: £165

Using specimens from the University Museum of Zoology and the Garden’s collections, you will be introduced to the fascinating, beautiful and sometimes bizarre world of insects. Although European examples will be included, the emphasis will be on the exotic; from Giant Atlas Moths to brightly-coloured metallic beetles. Teaching will include a variety of observational and drawing techniques, using pencil, pen and watercolour. Emphasis will be on individual tuition and artists of all ability are welcome. The course will include a brief talk about the insect collection by Ed Turner, Curator of Insects at the Museum of Zoology.
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Illustrating Daisies

Illustrating late Flowering Daisies

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Reinhild Raistrick
Date: Tuesday 12/09/17 to Thursday 14/09/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £165

September in the Garden usually means an abundance of Asteraceae otherwise known as the Daisy Family. These include bright yellow black centred Rudbeckia, tall lemon yellow Helianthus, russet coloured Heleniums and bright pink Echinaceas. Blue and purple Asters bring a cooler touch to the palette.

The aim of this three-day watercolour course is to create a beautiful portrait of these late summer blooms. Reinhild will help you choose and arrange the stems on the page, creating a colourful and exciting composition. She will use a combination of group demonstrations and in particular individual tuition, to help you to improve your drawing and painting techniques. The course is suitable for artists of all levels.
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Fruits, Nuts & Berries

Painting Fruits, Nuts and Berries in Watercolour

£120.00

Description

Tutor: Petula Stone
Date: Wednesday 27/09/17 to Thursday 28/09/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £120

At this time of year hedgerows are full of fruits, nuts and berries. Crab apples, sloes, rosehips and hazelnuts all offer the artist an exciting variety of subject matter.

On this two-day course led by artist Petula Stone, students will begin by choosing from the colourful collection of Autumn treasures found in the Garden and then concentrate on arranging a good composition for their painting. Petula will demonstrate a variety of watercolour techniques to the group, including how to achieve a smooth wash of colour, wet into wet washes, glazing washes of colour to achieve deep tones and negative painting.

She will be on hand throughout to offer you individual help with your work. The course is suitable for and welcomes painters of all levels.
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Learn to Draw: Autumn

Learn to Draw from Nature: Autumn

£120.00

Description

Tutor: Lizzie Harper
Date: Thursday 05/10/17 to Friday 06/10/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £120

This two-day beginners course led by Natural History illustrator Lizzie Harper, will use autumn leaves, berries and fruits as subjects as you learn to draw and paint some of the glories of the Botanic Garden in Autumn. The course will build on the Learn to Draw from Nature: Spring course but can be taken even if you werent able to attend the March course.

On day one you will focus on autumn leaves tackling some detailed pencil drawings which show the lights and darks as well as the shape of the leaf and its veins. After lunch you will begin to work with watercolours, covering the basics of how to use and mix the paints, before having a go at painting some of the amazing reds, golds, and oranges of autumn leaves found in the Garden.

On day two you will move on to drawing berries and fruit, working on detailed pencil drawings in the morning and again looking for shadows and highlights on your chosen plants. The afternoon will be spent working with watercolours, trying to catch some of the shiny texture and deep rich colours of autumnal fruits.

By the end of this course you should feel confident enough to find a plant and have a go at drawing or painting it from life.
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Illustrating Conifer Cones

Illustrating Conifer Cones

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Reinhild Raistrick
Date: Tuesday 10/10/17 to Thursday 12/10/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £165

The Botanic Garden holds a large and important collection of cone bearing trees, giving us an amazing selection to choose from as subjects. This three-day course led by RHS Gold medal winning illustrator Reinhild Raistrick, will focus on these trees, including the Cedar of Lebanon, the Giant Redwood, the Scots Pine, the Douglas Fir, the Stone Pine and the Norway Spruce.

You will spend time observing the structure and pattern of each cone to help you develop a detailed and accurate drawing, before going on to paint the subject. Reinhild will help you improve your watercolour techniques through a combination of group demonstrations, but particularly through individual help. There will also be the opportunity to spend time out in the Garden observing and sketching the tree of the chosen cone.

Participants may wish to show part of the branch or even a scaled-down drawing of the whole tree in their illustration and Reinhild with give tips and advice on how best to achieve this. The course is suitable for artists of all levels.
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Painting on Vellum

Painting Autumn Hedgerow finds on Vellum

£135.00

Description

Tutor: Gael Sellwood
Date: Tuesday 17/10/17 to Wednesday 18/10/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £135

Using autumn finds such as berries and curled leaves as a subject, you will explore the techniques required to produce glowing and exquisitely detailed painting on vellum. Vellum is a traditional surface made from calfskin, and has been used to produce vibrant illuminations for hundreds of years.

This isn’t a course for beginners - you don’t need to have painted on vellum before, but you do need to have watercolour experience. It is led by award winning artist Gael Sellwood. during the two days Gael will demonstrate techniques, provide you with handouts and give you individual tuition so that you can practise techniques or work on a composition. The course price includes one piece of vellum 6”x8”.
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Illustrating Harvest

Illustrating Autumn's Harvest in Coloured Pencil

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Janie Pirie
Date: Tuesday 31/10/17 to Thursday 02/11/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £165

Join RHS Gold Medal winning coloured pencil artist Janie Pirie on this three-day course focusing on the wonderful varieties of autumn fruits available at this time of year. Subjects will include apples and pears as well as a variety of other interesting material.

These are relatively easy subjects to draw allowing plenty of time to spend colouring your work whilst learning about layering, shading and illustrating blemishes to make the objects look truly three-dimensional. You will also have the opportunity to illustrate the inside of your chosen subject to create a piece of work that will be truly botanical. Janie will share her knowledge and experience with you to help you create a lovely study of autumn fruits. Group demonstrations and individual tuition will be given throughout the day.

This course is suitable for all abilities.
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Pencil Illustration

Coloured Pencil Illustration for Beginners

£60.00

Description

Tutor: Janie Pirie
Date: Friday 03/11/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £60

This is a constructive and detailed one-day course for those new to coloured pencil illustration led by award winning RHS Gold medal artist Janie Pirie. During the day you will be guided through the many aspects of correctly illustrating botanical subjects. Emphasis will be on the techniques required to use coloured pencils to create amazingly rich and colourful pieces of work. Janie will help you simplify your approach to drawing, master techniques to help you get the best out of your pencils, choose the correct colours and work on layering. Group demonstrations and individual tuition will be given throughout the day. The course is aimed at beginners.

Note: The Botanic Garden closes at 4pm in November so participants will not have access to the Garden when this course finishes.
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Botanical Drawing

Botanical Drawing for Absolute Beginners

£165.00

Description

Tutor: Penny Price
Date: Tuesday 07/11/17 to Thursday 09/11/17
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £165

This course will guide you through how to record a plant botanically on paper so that the observer finds out how the plant grows. You will look at examples of botanical illustrations, both historical and contemporary. Composition on the page is also important. Accurate drawing and measuring in pencil, simple dissections and composition on the final page will all be looked at. Initial work will be done in pencil and then transferred onto watercolour paper to either be worked up in pen and ink or in watercolour. Instruction will be given in both methods.

Note: The Botanic Garden closes at 4pm in November so participants will not have access to the Garden when this course finishes.
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Creative Workshops 2017

Nature Printing

Nature Printing

£145.00

Description

Tutor: Pia Östlund
Date: Thursday 21/09/2017 - Friday 22/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £145

Nature printing is a wonderful way of representing plants, developed by physicians in the 15th century as an aid in their study of medicinal and useful plants.

Join designer and printmaker Pia stlund for a two-day workshop to explore this captivating technique. Day One will begin with an illustrated talk on the history of nature printing, followed by a demonstration and printing session where you will learn how to take your own impressions using fresh plants and oil-based inks on paper. Day Two gives participants the chance to further develop technique and ideas and make their own nature printed project, whether a series of patterns, a set of cards or creating a record of their own garden.

The course is suitable for all levels including complete beginners.
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Paper cutting

Paper cutting workshop

£65.00

Description

Tutor: Vanessa Stone
Date: Wednesday 22/11/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £65

Vanessa Stone is a cut paper artist who makes clean lined, detail layered collages by cutting into a single piece of paper and “drawing” with a scalpel. During this one day workshop she will introduce you to the main techniques of paper cutting using craft knives and fine quality drawing papers. You will begin by making small practice samples and then create a beautiful larger finished piece of your own design, drawing inspiration form the beautiful plants in the Botanic Garden’s collection. Vanessa will be on hand to give one-to-one guidance throughout the day and teach you the central skills of making compositions from plants and natural forms that will be developed into collage.

Note: The Botanic Garden closes at 4pm in November so participants will not have access to the Garden when this course finishes.
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Garden History Talks 2017

Shakespeare and Gardens

Shakespeare and Gardens

£35.00

Description

Tutor: Twigs Way
Date: Friday 13/10/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £35

This morning talk will explore many aspects of Shakespeare and the garden. From gardens and plants that appear in his plays and poetry to the gardens recreated at Shakespeare's own house and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. We will spend time exploring the use and meaning of plants in Shakespeare's plays and poetry before examining the possible links between Shakespeare and the gardens of that great Elizabethan William Cecil (Lord Burghley), via the famous plantsman and 'herbalist' John Gerard. Beyond the Elizabethans we will go on to enjoy the Shakespeare themed gardens of the Edwardian period and the recreation of Shakespeare related gardens both at Stratford and Warwick. From Ophelia's innocent daisy to the canker in the rose - this morning session will send you back to your Shakespeare texts with new eyes!
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Horticulture Courses 2017

Perenial Plants

Perennial Plants for Late Summer

£35.00

Description

Tutor: David Austrin
Date: Saturday 23/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £35

Is your garden over before the end of summer? Would you like it to shine long into the autumn? Join David Austrin from our Horticulture team for this half-day course on the best plants to boost your garden long into the season. David will introduce his favourite late summer stars, take you on a guided tour of our plant collections to show you examples and answer your questions about how to keep your garden going and looking great.
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Designing City Gardens

Designing City Gardens

£70.00

Description

Tutor: Dawn Isaac
Date: Tuesday 26/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £70

This one-day course with garden designer Dawn Isaac will equip you with the basic tools you need to survey and plan your own city garden. It will include a look the particular challenges common to city gardens and the design tricks you can use to combat them. There will also be inspiration and ideas for elements to include in your own garden as well as practical advice and information on landscaping the space, including cost implications of different materials and garden features. The day will also look at plants suitable for a city garden and give you advice on putting together a simple planting plan.

Participants are encouraged to bring photographs of their own gardens so that specific design challenges can be addressed as part of the course discussions.
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Container Gardening

Container Gardening

£65.00

Description

Tutor: Helen Seal
Date: Saturday 07/10/2017
Time: 10.00am 4.00pm
Price: £65

Whether you have a tiny courtyard or roof garden, a balcony or even just a windowsill, there is a huge range of plants you can grow in containers. Join expert horticulturalist Helen Seal, for this one-day course on container gardening. Find out what plants need to thrive in containers, discover quick crops, stunning plant combinations and fun ideas for recycling everyday items into unusual plant displays.
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Top Trees

Top Trees for your Garden

£65.00

Description

Tutor: Mark Crouch
Date: Saturday 04/11/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £65

Even the smallest garden can benefit from the addition of a tree, but with such a huge choice now available choosing the right one can be difficult. On this one-day course our Deputy Head of Horticulture and senior arborist, Mark Crouch, will suggest a range of trees suitable for residential gardens and give advice on how to select, plant and care for them. The day will also include a tour of the Botanic Garden's stunning tree collection.
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Photography Courses 2017

Plant Photography

Introduction to Plant and Garden Photography: September

£70.00

Description

Tutor: Pete Murray
Date: Wednesday 20/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £70

This course is designed for more experienced photographers and is only suitable for those using SLR/CSC cameras with changeable lense.

Led by photographer Pete Murray you will make the most of the Garden and Glasshouses to discover how to take pictures in a variety of situations. The course will show you how to take control of your camera, and use built-in camera modes including an introduction to Aperture mode. Picture styles covered in the day include landscapes, adding foreground interest, dealing with movement, plant portraits, and capturing close-up detail. Pete will show you how to set up your camera and compose pictures in a variety of locations in the Garden using subjects of seasonal interest. He uses a proven step-by-step approach to allow you to gain confidence in using your camera and which will help you to consistently take better pictures.

Summary handouts are provided. SLR and CSC camera owners who have a choice of lenses will have the opportunity to try these out.
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Plant Photography

Creative Garden and Plant Photography

£70.00

Description

Tutor: Pete Murray
Date: Friday 29/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: £70

This course is designed for more experienced photographers and only suitable for those using SLR/CSC cameras with changeable lenses.

Led by photographer Pete Murray this course will focus on garden landscapes, and creative plant portraits including close up detail. It is designed for more advanced SLR and CSC cameras only. Pete will use Aperture mode to show you how to set up and use your digital camera to take more creative pictures. If you are less confident with your camera we suggest that you do the Introduction to Garden photography course first.

Following a short studio session to look at the effect of lighting, background and focus in close-up photography, you will move outside to make the most of the shape, colour, texture and seasonal interest in the Botanic Garden. Pete will show you how to master the key elements of composition and lighting and how to take control of exposure and focus for more difficult subjects or situations. During the day you will also use graduated filters in landscape photographs and panorama techniques. SLR and CSC camera owners who have a choice of lenses will also have the opportunity to try these out. Summary handouts are provided.

Please note that a tripod is essential for this course, useful for both the landscape and close-up sessions. The tutor also recommends an adaptor and screw-on square (P size) filter holder to fit your camera lens filter thread at the front, with a (P size) square graduated Neutral Density ND4 filter.
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Plant Identification and Science Courses 2017

Common Garden Plants

The Chemistry and Biology of Common Garden Plants

£35.00

Description

Tutor: Alison Foster
Date: Tuesday 19/09/2017
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Price: £35

The chemistry (and some biology) of common garden plants will be explored in this morning session. The stunning rainbow of colours and array of scents influence what we grow but how often do you stop to wonder what makes those scents and colours and what benefits they have to the plants themselves? Some plants are toxic to humans and others are grown particularly for their great taste. This session will also look at the molecular basis of the taste or toxicity of commonly grown garden and allotment plants. The session will take place both in the Classroom and outside in the Botanic Garden.
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