Autumn leaves on vellum by Ruth Wharrier

Capturing the Seasons - Field Sketchbook workshop

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Carlton Marshes: Discover how to create a field sketchbook with a special focus on capturing the textures and colours of festive foliage as well as observing and recording other signs of the season, with botanical and wildlife artist, Ruth Wharrier.

Event details


10:00 to 15:00
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About the event

This course will enable you to create your own naturalist’s sketchbook and have the confidence to go out and draw! Workshops can be taken individually as one- or two-day sessions (Saturday and Monday), or as a full course with seasonal dates scheduled across the year (March 9 & 11; June 15 & 17; September 21 & 23; November 23 & 25). The focus will be on observational sketching techniques that can be used outside whilst walking and also on detailed drawing techniques that can be used back at home. During the day you will explore the richness of the foliage in Winter at Carlton Marshes and practice capturing its festive beauty in your field notebook.

Based at Carlton Marshes, the course will allow participants the opportunity to observe and record the changing seasons within this stunning reserve. The centre at Carlton Mashes offers an inspiring setting with enviable views out across the marshes and reed beds. For botanists, Carlton Marshes is one of the very best places in Suffolk for the sheer variety of plants.

Ruth studied Botanical Illustration at The Chelsea Physic Garden, London. She exhibits widely and examples of her natural history illustrations can be seen on the tourist information boards on Pakefield Cliff, Suffolk. Ruth paints in watercolour on paper, vellum and wood. She also creates etchings and works in pen and ink. Ruth is regularly commissioned to decorate harpsichords, for international clients, with flora and fauna using historical painting techniques.

Click on the link to see examples of Ruth's exquisite work:

Please bring with you: A range of drawing pencils Sharpener Eraser Putty rubber Drawing pens e.g. Uni pin 0.05, 0.2, 0.5 An A4 sketchbook with smooth cartridge paper suitable for line and wash. Tracing paper Watercolours (optional).

YOU WILL NEED A PACKED LUNCH. 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:  




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No dogs permitted


People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair users please contact organiser in advance

Parking information

Free parking


Picnic area
Disabled toilet

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Contact number: 01473 890089

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