Capturing the Seasons - Field Sketchbook workshop

Autumn leaves on vellum by Ruth Wharrier

Capturing the Seasons - Field Sketchbook workshop

Carlton Marshes: Discover how to create a field sketchbook to record the signs of the season,

Event details


10:00 to 15:00
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About the event

With botanical and wildlife artist, Ruth Wharrier. 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/or Monday), or as a full course with seasonal dates scheduled across the year (Mon, Oct 4; Sat, Dec 4 & Mon Dec 6)). 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. 

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. 

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 also need:
A packed lunch & refreshments
Notepad and pen
A camera if you wish


In order to run activity sessions safely while the COVID-19 pandemic is still in effect, we have put a number of restrictions in place, which are in the best interest of our participants, staff and volunteers. Although we hope that these restrictions will be lifted by the date of the course, we appreciate you being aware of the guidelines we have set out and being ready to follow them should Government guidance make them necessary.

We will keep you up-to-date once you have booked, but it is important that you read and agree to the following information before you book.

  • During the session you will be required to socially distance at the Government recommended 2m. 
  • All participants will be required to use sanitising hand gel on arrival. This will be provided and will be available for you to use at any additional points during the day, should you wish to. 
  • If you are showing ANY signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or you have been told by NHS Track and Trace to isolate, you must not attend this event.
  • We ask that you wear a face covering in the centre at all times.
  • All equipment used on the day will be cleaned before and after use and where possible everyone will have their own set of tools for the duration. 

We hope to be able to offer teas & coffees throughout the day, however, this will depend on the Government guidelines in place at the time.

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:

Please note that your booking is non-refundable and non-transferable and we run all our courses based on a minimum number of participants. You can find our full Terms & Conditions via this link:

If the course you wish to attend is 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.

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£32 per person

Additional booking information

Please note this is a course for 18+ adults only. Thank you

Know before you go


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
Accessible toilet

Contact us

Contact number: 01473 890089

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