Ruth teaches a range of botanical drawing and watercolour techniques. The emphasis is on botanical observation, accuracy and seasonal plant material.

All abilities will be catered for with individual tuition in a supportive environment. Students learn through a series of exercises, which are then applied in small projects to botanical specimens. Basic botany is also covered.

The Art Trading Company

The Art Trading Company
36a Earsham Street,
Suffolk NR35 1AQ.
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Botanical Drawing and Painting

Saturday 22nd September (Full)
Saturday 20th October 2018
Saturday 24th November 2018

Saturday 26th January 2019
Saturday 23rd February 2019
Saturday 23rd March 2019
Saturday 27th April 2019
Saturday 25th May 2019
Saturday 29th June 2019
Saturday 27th July 2019
Saturday 28th September 2019
Saturday 26th October 2019
Saturday 30th November 2019


Coloured Pencil Courses

Date to be Announced


Booking Form - Art Trading Company
(Dates will be shown when you select Workshop)

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Carlton Marshes Reserve
Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville,
Lowestoft, Suffolk,
NR33 8HU
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Creating a Field Sketchbook

Ruth will be teaching sketchbook field drawing skills to enable participants to create their own field sketchbook across the year. Workshops can be booked individually, but as the sessions are seasonal, people would benefit from booking the whole course to help them build their skills across the year and create a sketchbook for 2018. Workshops can be one day (Saturdays) or two days (Saturdays and Mondays) per season.

2018 Dates

Saturday 29th September
Monday 1st October
Saturday 1st December 2018
Monday 3rd December 2018

2019 Dates

9th March 2019 (Seasonal sketchbook)
11th March 2019 (Drawing wildflowers)
15th June 2019 (Seasonal sketchbook)
17th June 2019 (Drawing butterflies)
21st September 2019 (Seasonal sketchbook)
23rd September 2019 (Shades of autumn watercolour workshop)
23rd November 2019 (Seasonal sketchbook)
25th November 2019 (Festive Foliage! Christmas card workshop)

NB Workshops have to be booked through SWT Wild learning adult courses.

The Ferini Art Gallery

27 All Saints Road, Pakefield. Lowestoft. NR33 0LJ

2018 Dates

24th September 2018
29th October 2018
26th November 2018
17th December 2018 (10-1pm then Christmas lunch at the Jolly Sailors)


Booking Form - The Ferini Art Gallery

The Red House

Golf Lane, Aldeburgh.Suffolk.IP15 5PZ

The Red House was home to the composer, Benjamin Britten, for the last two decades of his life. Set in beautifully restored gardens, The Red House is the perfect location for a botanical painting workshop.

2019 Dates

25th March 2019
20th May 2019

Workshop £50

Booking Form - The Red House


A range of drawing pencils (student sets are fine)
Pencil sharpener
Putty Rubber
Plastic Eraser
Masking tape
Tracing paper
HP watercolour paper – I recommend Fabriano 5 ‘FatPad’ A4 sketchbooks
Artists watercolour (Please talk to me before you buy any. I provide samples for new students)
Sable watercolour brushes no.1,2,4,6. (I use miniature brushes which are available to buy from me at workshops)
Ceramic palette (a white plate is fine)
Kitchen Roll
NB Many students bring a notebook to jot down information.

“I have been attending Ruth’s workshops for about a year. The workshops are very enjoyable and fun but also have a serious side for learning. The workshops are extremely good for both the beginner and more experienced artist.

At the moment I am doing a two year Diploma Course with the Society of Botanical Artist. Ruth has helped me with every aspect of the work which is required. This includes line drawing, shading, colour mixing, form, and observing the detail and the structure of the plants.

Ruth knows what is required for the botanical artist.

Ruth is an excellent teacher, she is patient and encourages every step of the way. My confidence has increased through her encouragement. Thanks Ruth.”

Shona Winter

“I have been attending the botanical painting courses with Ruth for almost a year now and can honestly say that they have proved to be both enjoyable and challenging. The individual sessions are meticulously planned with plentiful drawing resources and are designed to cope with all abilities and levels of experience, from the novice to those who wish to take their studies to a higher level. There is an excellent sense of camaraderie with all those who attend the courses and this adds to the enjoyment of the day. To add to this there are plenty of opportunities to contact Ruth outside of the sessions for further technical advice. I feel that I personally, have learned a great deal through these courses and would have no hesitation in recommending them to others.”

Debbie Hughes