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 Ferini Art Gallery

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

2019 Dates

MMonday 28th October 2019
Monday 2nd December 2019
Monday 16th December 2019


Booking Form - The Ferini Art Gallery

6 Week Drawing Course (Adult Beginners)

Starting this Autumn. Mondays 9.30am – 12.30pm – Learn and build observational drawing skills with Botanical and Natural History artist and experienced teacher, Ruth Wharrier.


Register by visiting Ferini Art Gallery, or contact Ruth via the ‘Register Your Interest’ form below. You can meet Ruth at the gallery on Saturday 7th September 11am-1pm to see a demonstration and sign up for the course.

(Student numbers are limited, so please register early to secure a place).

Register You Interest

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Carlton Marshes Reserve
Burnt Hill Lane, Carlton Colville,
Lowestoft, Suffolk,
NR33 8HU
See map

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.

2019 Dates

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.

NEW : Beginners Field Sketchbook Night Class

Taster Sessions

We invite you to come along and see what the Night Class is Course is about. You can sign up for the Night Class Course during the taster sessions.

Please call Carlton Marshes on 01502 564250 to book your place on the Taster Sessions or the Night Class.

2019 Night Class Dates

Monday evenings 6.30-8pm
14th October 2019
21st October 2019
28th October 2019
4th November 2019
11th November 2019
18th November 2019

NEW! Riverside Centre

Riverside Centre, Bungay, NR15 1BF

Botanical Painting Workshop

A celebration of autumn colour.

2019 Dates

Saturday 19th October 2019


Booking Form - Riverside


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