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Watercolour Botanicals and Modern Calligraphy

from £145.00

Enjoy an introduction to both watercolour botanicals and modern calligraphy taught by Devon based artist Harriet de Winton.

Finding inspiration from the wonderful River Cottage gardens you will learn the fundamentals of watercolour as well as the key steps to painting any plant or flower. After a busy morning you will finish off the class with everyone painting a watercolour wreath choosing whichever plants and flowers they have enjoyed painting the most.

You will then enjoy a delicious River Cottage Lunch and the afternoon will be spent with an introduction to the Modern calligraphy trend. You will learn basic techniques with a dip pen nib and ink. From there you'll copy a lower and upper case alphabet, numbers and punctuation. You will learn about how to join up the letters to make words and phrases. We will finish off the class with each attendee creating a chosen phrase or quote in their own personal free style.

Harriet runs the de Winton Paper co, a hand painted stationery company. She has illustrated for numerous publications and teaches extensively. She is also a watercolour expert and teacher at Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Fairs

Your day

09.30 - 17.00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer.

  • Welcome

    Start your morning with tea or coffee and tasty treats fresh from the River Cottage kitchen.

  • Morning session

    To get the day underway, Harriet will cover the fundamentals of watercolour and guide you through the step-by-step process which will culminate in you painting a watercolour wreath.

  • Lunch

    Food is always the focus at River Cottage, and a two-course lunch of local, seasonal fare will be one of the highlights of your day.

  • Afternoon session

    After lunch you'll turn to Modern calligraphy and learn with a dip pen nib and ink how to do both the lower and upper-case alphabet, numbers and punctuation.

  • Departure

    The day will then draw to an end and you’ll be whisked back up the hill by our tractor and trailer, along with your beautiful work and numerous skills to practice at home.

Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.

On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.

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Further information...

This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

If you need local accommodation we have a full list available.

We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

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