Workshops and Holidays   2015

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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 botanical 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 for Autumn/Winter 2015-2016

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

  Two Day Themed Workshops 2015/16     £170


24th - 25th June 2015

Summer Perennials - Taking a close look at tall and stately perennials focusing on techniques for stamens, velvety textures, vibrant colours and large leaves.


19th- 20th August 2015

 'Two-Day Beginners Workshop' - 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.


16th-17th September 2015



10-11th February 2016

 'Complex Colour Layering' - (not suitable for complete beginners)  FULL

Creating deep, vivid, clean colours without losing the form and without creating mud! Ann will demonstrate techniques for layering and shading without compromising the brilliance of the colours.    


 'Two-Day beginners Workshop' - see August above        £170             


                     Three Day Themed Workshops 2015/16            £250




 11th-13th August 2015
















16th-18th February 2016






8th- 10th March 2016


 'Conquering Composition'- (intermediate) An intensive look at ways of creating eye-catching botanical compositions that stand out from the crowd. With lots of tips and tricks plus some helpful theory we will look at traditional botanical compositions and then contemporary and beyond, really pushing the boundaries.                       £250Line of Bulbs


'New Techniques and Finishing Touches' - (intermediate) Kick start the year by catching up on all the latest techniques and equipment.  Ann will demonstrate a range of techniques to improve the quality of your layering, create vivid colour with underpainting and achieve depth through tonal balance and colour harmony.

The workshop will include advice on composition, presentation, mounting and framing plus information on how to turn your pictures into prints and cards.

Bring along any unfinished work plus reference photos so we can look at how they can be successfully completed.                                                        £250


'Getting to Grips with Graphite' - Open your eyes to tonal values, hone your observational skills and master continuous tonal shading. A concentrated look at all aspects of drawing from basic such as sharpening your pencils effectively, where and how to include graphite drawing in your colour work,  how to use underpainting with a graphite drawing overlay and work towards a finished graphite pencil study.                                                                                                                 £250


One Day Workshops 2015/16 - all levels (beginners welcome)      £80 

  6th August, 10th September, 22nd October, 26th November 2015

23rd February, 15th March, 5th April 2016


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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Please click here to pay your workshop or holiday deposit / balance. We accept all major credit and debit cards.


One week holiday courses at Dedham Hall, nr Colchester 2015/16

29th August - 5th September

13th-20th April 2016

1st-7th September 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


RHS Garden Wisley



To book any of this course please contact RHS Garden Wisley, on 0845 612 1253. 

Five Apples

 To sign up for one of the workshops please email first to ensure a place is still    available.





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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.