Enjoy an introduction to watercolour and learn how to observe, draw and paint the captivating structures of beautiful botanicals. Taught by Devon based artist Harriet de Winton, you will be able to learn at your own pace and discover skills you never knew you had.
Taking inspiration from seasonal blooms and the River Cottage garden you will spend a full day learning how to paint flowers and foliage in the new botanical style. You will start with the fundamentals of watercolour as well as understanding the key steps to painting any plant or flower. You will paint on both a large and small scale, creating arrangements and patterns.
Food is always the focus at River Cottage, so you will also enjoy a delicious two-course lunch of local, seasonal fare.
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.
09.30 - 17.00
Arrive at River Cottage
You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 9.30am and begin your River Cottage experience with a 10-15 minute walk through the pathways down to the farm, giving you the chance to soak up the views of the valley.
Start your morning with tea or coffee and tasty treats fresh from the River Cottage kitchen.
To get the day underway, Harriet will cover the fundamentals of watercolour and guide you through the key steps to painting any plant or flower. All the materials and equipment you need will be provided.
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.
After lunch you will paint on both a large and small scale, learning how to create different arrangements and patterns.
The day will then draw to an end and you’ll head back up the hill at 5pm, 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.
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.
We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.
With many of our courses there are often treats and leftovers to take away with you. In our quest to be more sustainable we are encouraging guests to bring their own containers and bags to transport their produce home. Details of what is required for each course will be included in booking emails.
- Sustainable Restaurant Association
- Food and Travel Magazine 2017
- Great British Food Awards 2017
- Great British Food Awards 2018