Peacock Butterfly by Ruth Wharrier

Family Course: Spring Sketching

Carlton Marshes: An opportunity for parents or carers to attend a course with their child (11-16 years old) learning to observe and record the signs of Spring and capture them in a sketchbook.

Event details

Meeting point

Learning Room


10:00 to 15:00
A static map of Family Course: Spring Sketching

About the event

With botanical and wildlife artist, Ruth Wharrier, you will learn together how to create your own sketches of wildlife in Spring and develop the confidence to go out and draw.

Parents/carers pay the usual £30 price for an adult place and can bring their 11-16 year old with them for just £10 extra.

During this enjoyable day, you will both focus on observational sketching techniques, which you can put into practice outside whilst walking, as well as on detailed drawing techniques that can be used back at home. There will be plenty of inspiration for each age-group as Carlton Marshes is one of the best places in Suffolk for the sheer variety of plants, and the Learning Centre offers enviable views out across the marshes and reed beds.

Ruth is a very experienced tutor who has run many successful workshops for the Trust. She is regularly commissioned by international clients to decorate harpsichords, with flora and fauna using historical painting techniques. For examples of Ruth's exquisite work, see:

Some materials will be provided, but please bring along any sketching materials you already have e.g. pencils (graphite and coloured), ink pens and sketchbook.

You will need a packed lunch,

Working out of doors will be weather permitting, so please dress warmly

Tea, coffee & biscuits are provided and included in the course fee.

When booking please ensure your email/contact address is correct as it will be used to send event joining instructions. If you do not receive these instructions after booking, please contact:

If you'd like to share photographs from your course we'd love to see them. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please ensure you have others' consent before publishing photos of people.

If you are unable to attend for any reason, please let us know by calling 01473 890 089. Please note that your booking is non-refundable and non-transferable. You can find our full Terms & Conditions via this link:

If any of the courses you wish to attend are full or you cannot make the date, please let us know so that we can register your interest and let you know of opportunities planned for the future. You can contact us on: or Tel: 01473 890 089.

If you’d like to purchase a Voucher for future courses for yourself or as a gift, you can do so via our online shop at



Parents/carers pay the usual £30 price for an adult place and can bring their 11-16 year old with them for just £10 extra.
Adult + Child place (2 people) = £40
Additional child or adult place (max 1 per booking) = £10

Suitable for

Children, Adults, Beginners

Know before you go


On a lead


People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair users please contact organiser in advance

What to bring

If you have them: pencils (graphite and coloured), ink pens and sketchbook

Parking information

Free parking


Picnic area
Disabled toilet

Contact us

Contact number: 01473 890 089

This event is kindly sponsored by Suffolk Cottage Holidays:

Suffolk Wildlife Trust