Tourin House & Gardens Workshops


It’s a great pleasure to announce that I will be joining garden photographer Bernard van Giessen and watercolour artist Signe Weka for a day of workshops at the beautiful Tourin House & Gardens in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford on Saturday 14 September 2019. The details of the workshop are in the invitation below. You can choose between the three workshops, which will run concurrently, depending on whether you prefer photography, watercolour painting or botanical illustration. The overall theme of the workshops is ‘Autumn in the Garden’ and no doubt the gardens at Tourin will provide us with plenty of autumnal subject matter. If you haven’t visited the gardens before, do have a look at the Tourin website at for a preview (the stunning photos are by Bernard van Giessen). The fee of €80 includes tea/coffee and lunch.

Please do book early to ensure a place. This can be done by emailing Payments should be made by bank transfer as indicated on the invitation. If you have questions about the botanical illustration workshop, please don’t hesitate to contact me at



Looking ahead


Botanical Painting in Ireland
Workshop and Pre-workshop Southern Ireland Tour
July 8–19, 2019

Wildflowers in the Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland

Wildflowers in the Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland

My old friend and colleague Nancy Walsh, whom I have known since our days at Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), now runs a very successful travel tour business in Canada, offering a wide variety of specialised group tours. For 2019, I am delighted that Nancy has invited me to play a part in her Irish tour: ‘Botanical Painting in Ireland’. The tour will begin with a six-day tour of Southern Ireland, visiting such popular destinations as Glendalough, Waterford Crystal, the ancient town of Kilkenny, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, ending up in Galway, the City of Tribes. For the following five days I will be conducting a botanical art workshop for the tour participants in the beautiful setting of Claregalway Castle. This is suitable for beginners and those who would like to improve their skills in botanical drawing and painting. Although Nancy is based in Canada, the tour is available worldwide, with participants meeting in Dublin on Monday 8 July. Full details, including prices, are available HERE. Anyone who would like more information or to book a place on the tour should contact Nancy via her website. She is a very experienced tour leader who will ensure that your trip is truly memorable. Book soon, because this is a popular tour. The deadline for registration is 31 January 2019.


Wiener Schule der Botanischen Illustration
Vienna School of Botanical Illustration
12–19 May 2019

Vienna Botanic Garden (Wiki Commons)

Vienna Botanic Garden (Wiki Commons)

I am delighted to have been invited to teach a one day workshop in my favourite city, Vienna. In a week filled with workshops and many other activities, my own workshop will be held on Friday 17 May, and will focus on Drawing Skills, with reference to the teaching of John Ruskin. The workshop is suitable for beginners and those who wish to improve existing skills.

‘GET TOGETHER 2019 is  where botanical artists can meet, exchange ideas, and work together over an entire week so that there is sufficient time for participants to participate in practical expert-led workshops, and to visit museums and archive collections. During a field trip to the Donau-auen National Park attendees will also have an opportunity to sketch.

Portfolio showcases will be given by botanical illustrators and the workshop instructors; these will last about one to two hours in the morning, and will be followed by a discussion. The emphasis of the meeting will be on the varying approaches of traditional scientific botanical illustration. all components of the programme are independent, so attendees can decide on their level of involvement themselves.

For further details and to download application form, please CLICK HERE


Classes and Workshops
at Áras Uilinn, Moycullen, County Galway

Ophrys apifera Bee orchid ©Jane Stark

Ophrys apifera Bee orchid ©Jane Stark

As we move towards a new year, all indications are that it will be a busy one! Before 2018 comes to a close, there will be one more Basic Drawing Workshop on Saturday 1 December – part of a series of day-long classes that concentrate on basic drawing techniques. Subject matter is not exclusively botanical, and the exercises featured in the workshops would be useful to anyone wishing to improve their drawing skills. Absolute beginners are very welcome.

The next 8 week botanical art course will take place at Áras Uilinn in Moycullen, Co Galway on Thursday 27 January. The class is almost fully booked, so if you are interested in joining us, please email me at as soon as possible. The class takes place on Thursday mornings from 10 to 12.30.

Another Basic Drawing Workshop will be held on Saturday 29 January – details to come.

Burren College of Art Summer Workshop

Dactylorhiza-fuchsii-fuchsii-0025The Burren in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland is a breathtakingly beautiful place in any season, but never more so than in May – the time of year when so many of the rare plants that make this landscape so special are in bloom. The starkness of the limestone pavement comes alive with the colours of orchids, gentians, burnet rose, mountain avens, bloody cranesbill and many more. The Burren College of Art is located in the heart of the Burren, just outside Ballyvaughan. Superb studio space, combined with a friendly, encouraging atmosphere, superb homemade food in the café, a well-stocked library, and a wide variety of accommodation – not to mention the stunning surroundings – make this a perfect spot for an intensive five day course in botanical art, without the interruptions of home and business. If you have never been to the Burren in springtime, this is an ideal opportunity to immerse yourself in a very special experience. For more details, visit: or ring Julia Long at +353 65 707 7200 (email: to sign up for this year’s course which runs from 14th–18th May. 


Botanical Art Workshop at Burren College of Art

14th – 18th May 2018

A demonstration on painting leaves at the Burren College of Art

I am delighted to be returning to the Burren College of Art in May to teach a workshop in botanical art. This five-day workshop is designed for those who have some experience in the basics of botanical art and flower painting and would like to further develop their skills through an intensive five days of drawing and painting. Emphasis is on individual tuition and allowing students to work at their own pace and level of experience.

Burren College of Art

There are many places in Ireland that can simply take your breath away. Others inspire you. Some make you feel energized, creative and refreshed, while others bring out all that is best in you. For many people though, only the Burren can sum up all that. The college is located very close to the village of Ballyvaughan.

For more information about the course, please have a look at

Information on accommodation and an application form can be found at

or you can contact Julia Long by email at