Workshops and Holidays   2014

Email for priority booking.

Ann's workshops do get booked up very quickly but even so it's worth placing your name on the waiting list as spaces often become available due to cancellations.

Studio Workshops

  • Ann is an inspirational teacher, happy to share all her wealth of experience of botancial art using pencils and coloured pencils. She teaches her own methods of working to produce vibrant, detailed botanical drawings. As well as introducing colour pencil techniques the courses encourage accuracy of line and observation. Ann welcomes both the beginner and the more experienced on her workshops. Courses tend to get booked up quickly so to secure a place make a provisional booking.
  • Ann's studio, set in a delightful walled garden, is in Rowde near the old market town of Devizes in a beautiful part of Wiltshire. The studio is equipped with drawing boards, clip on magnifying glasses, a light box, lamps and over-hand camera and screen to view Ann's demonstrations and digital microscope.
  • A delicious, freshly prepared buffet lunch, plus cake, biscuits, teas and coffee are all included.

If you are interested in attending any workshops there, please contact Ann on 01380 724788 or use our contact form.

Download, print and return our registration form if you want to sign up for one of the workshops (please email first to ensure a place is still available):

Workshops 2014

Costs include, lunches, teas, coffee, cake and biscuits plus plant material

  Two Day Themed Workshops 2014     £170
30th - 31st July

'Summer Veg' - take a new look at vegetables both familiar and the more unusual to create interesting and dynamic contemporary compositions 

10th - 11th September

'Fascinating Fungi' - explore techniques to create the variety of textures and subtle colours of these weird, and wonderful woodland creatures. (Subject to availability)

4th - 5th November

'The Autumn Hedgerow' - berries and fruits, highlights and strong colours and a chance to create your own unique, Christmas Card


Book now for the Beginners workshop in 2015

10-11th February 2015

Beginners - a gentle introduction to the minefield of materials and the basic techniques that Ann uses for her coloured pencil work with demos, tricks of the trade and one-to-one tuition


                     Three Day Themed Workshops 2014            £250

1st - 3rd July

Leaves in Depth - immerse yourselves in leaves and learn to love them. Try new ways with veins and underpainting, create convincing textures and hairs and get to grips with perspective.

12th - 14th August

'Fabulous Fruits' - Three days to immerse yourself in all aspects of fruits; simple and compound. Achieve brilliant highlights, velvety bloom and vibrant colours


One Day Workshops - all levels (beginners very welcome)      £80   

22nd July    5th August    16th September    18th November


Workshops run from 10am to 4pm and include lunch, teas and coffee plus plant material.

The studio is equipped with drawing boards, magnifying glasses and light box. Pencils, paper, sharpeners and drawing equipment are available for sale at competitive prices both in the studio and on-line.

We also have an excellent local printer who can scan and proof your work for a reasonable price.

01380 724788  website & on-line shop


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One week holiday courses at Dedham Hall, nr Colchester


30th Aug - 6th September

If you want a full week of concentrated work in idyllic surroundings with excellent food join Ann at Dedham Hall, nr. Colchester. All levels welcome, this is a mixed ability class with plenty of one-to-one tuition to suit your capabilities.

For further details and to book contact:
Wendy or Jim Sarton at Dedham Hall on 01206 323027

Ann is currently researching to find a suitable venue in northern or central Italy  Do email Ann if you know of a suitable place.  We need excellent food, ensuite facilities, interesting or scenic surroundings plus, most importantly,  a spacious and light room in which to work.


RHS Garden Wisley 2014

19-20th August - Fruits and Flowers

11th-12th November - Seedpods and Bark


To book any of these courses please contact RHS Garden Wisley, on 0845 612 1253. 

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About Ann's studio workshops

Studio equipment available

The Studio is equipped with the following: Drawing Boards, Clip on flexible magnifying glasses, Light Box, Over-hand camera and projection Screen for viewing Ann's demonstrations, Additional desk lamps if needed,

The Studio Shop carries most of the equipment and pencil colours that Ann recommends at less than shop prices.

Ann has now arranged for a local printer to came to the studio at the beginning of the workshops to take any pictures which you have completed. They will then be scanned or printed and delivered to the studio. This is a 36hr service. He will also provide a CD and proofs.

Ann Swan Workshops

One-day Workshops

Primarily for intermediate students and those who have already been on one of Ann's introductory courses and are familiar with coloured pencils although beginners are able to be accommodated on these days. The focus, as ever, will be on improving drawing skills, mastering coloured pencil techniques and composition. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace with individual attention when needed.

To get the best results from these workshops it is important that students bring their own equipment and also bring along any specimens they are interested in drawing. A full list of recommended colours will be supplied  and Ann will provide some seasonal plant material depending on the state of the garden or the local florists.

Students are also encouraged to bring along any work they have already done and advice can be obtained on framing and presentation.

Price per session including tuition, morning coffee, buffet lunch and afternoon tea is £80

Two-day Beginners Workshops

These are aimed specifically at beginners to colour pencil work and will cover the various methods and techniques that Ann uses.

It is a good idea that students bring along any equipment which they already have.  On receipt of payment of the deposit students will be sent  lists of recommended colours and a suggested equipment list but there is no need to purchase anything special before attending the workshop. A selection of the basic colours and equipment will be for sale at reduced rates at the studio.

The cost for a two-day workshop is £170 and includes tuition, morning coffee, buffet lunches and afternoon tea.

All workshops run from 10.00am - 4.00pm.

All sessions must be booked and paid for in advance otherwise your place cannot be guaranteed.

Two-day Improvers Workshop

This enables students familiar with coloured pencil to improve their technique and drawing skills and focus on a complete composition.

The price for the two-day course is £170 including morning coffee, buffet lunches and afternoon tea.

Two-day Pencil Workshops

Improve the accuracy of your drawing and tonal evaluation and master continuous tonal shading.

Tuition, morning coffee, buffet lunch and afternoon tea £170

Three-day Workshops.

This enables students to work on a larger and more complex picture.

Tuition, morning coffee, buffet lunch and afternoon tea £250


Cancellation policy

Notification of cancellation is required 14 days before the workshop for a full refund. Early notification will enable the place to be filled from the waiting list . If notice is not given 14 days prior to the course and the place cannot be filled then you may forfeit the full amount paid.

If Ann needs to cancel any date the full fee will be refunded.

Courses are non-residential but a list of local bed and breakfast accommodation close to the studio will  be supplied on receipt of the completed booking form.

Contact Ann for further details or to request a booking form.