Workshops and Holidays   2016

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 Studio Workshops

  • Ann is an inspirational teacher, happy to share all her wealth of experience of botanical art using pencils and coloured pencils. She teaches her own methods of working and as well as introducing specific coloured pencil techniques the courses encourage accuracy of line and observation.
  • 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.

          To sign up download, print and return our registration form

(please email first to secure a place) 

Workshops Spring 2016

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

  Two Day Themed Workshops 2016                  £170


10th-11th August

  'Two-Day beginners Workshop'  

Learn all about the materials and techniques Ann uses to create her vibrant botanical images.

Get to grips with layering and burnishing to achieve smooth colour application and with Ann's guidance, get started with leaves and simple coloured forms such as plums or cherries.                                                                                                        













20th-21st April










3rd-4th August






14th-15th September


'Leaves and All Things Leafy' - Get up close and personal and learn to love leaves.

Ann will help you create natural realistic greens and get depth to your shading and she will demonstrate several ways to achieve convincing veins and tackle foreshortening.  

All fundamental skills for creating realistic leaves in your plant portraits so leaves will not longer be a challenge or a chore and you will just love doing them.                                      

'Summer Soft Fruits'

Create luscious images of our wonderful English summer fruits that are good enough to pick off the page.

Learn how to create vibrant translucent colours, lustrous highlights, soft bloom and velvet textures.

Create depth and form without muddying your colours to produce convincing three dimensional images with only the occasional leaf!!


'The Bigger Picture'

Create something really eye-catching on a larger scale with advice on how to tackle a more challenging complex composition.  

The mysteries of underpainting and layering with baby oil will be explained to enable you to enhance your colour work and think big!!


                      Three Day Themed Workshops 2016            £250






 One Day Workshops - all levels (beginners welcome)                          £80   (or 5 for £350)            

23rd February - 15th March - 5th April - 17th May  - 23rd June - 21st July -

 25th August  2016

One-day workshops are primarily for intermediate students but beginners are also welcome. 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. 

Workshops run from 10am to 4pm

Course fee includes lunch, tea, coffee and cake plus some 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

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 Dedham Hall, nr Colchester 2016 - one week holiday course

9th-16th April 2016

24th Aug -3rd Sept 2016


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

                                NEW  Field Breaks Art Workshops - Derbyshire

                                                    25th-27th April 2016

                                      ‘Vibrant Botanical Art in Coloured Pencil’

This is my first workshop with Field Breaks and it will be in Derbyshire at the lovely Losehill House Hotel. So those of you who live further north and are always asking me to teach nearer to them, this is your chance!

All levels are welcome including beginners, and we start on the Monday afternoon after tea and cake, preparing our compositions and then we work a full day through the Tuesday and finish mid-afternoon on the Wednesday with a review of our work and tea.

To book contact Sue Field on 01433 621420 or  

RHS Garden Wisley

 28th-29th June 2016 -  Booking usually takes place directly with RHS at the beginning of November.

This is Ann's only workshop at Wisley in 2016 so make sure you book in time.


To book a course please contact RHS Gardens, 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.