Bees in Kew's beehive (photo: Jeff Eden)
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Beautiful British bees

A new painting day where you'll get the chance to study the British bee in both an artistic and scientific way.

Event details

Tuesday 18 July 2017, 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew) 15 places available

Event overview

About the course

This new watercolour painting day, suitable for all levels, offers participants the chance to study different types of British bees in both an artistic and scientific way. Each student will have the use of a microscope to study the enjoyable and absorbing anatomical beauty of bees. Using her vast range of bee specimens, entomological artist Cath Hodsman, will discuss how bees pollinate, how they fly, how they produce food for their young and generally, pay homage to these fascinating and iconic insects.

Participants will then use either a microscope and specimen or macro photographic material to produce a detailed and unique piece of art to take home.


The tutor

Cath Hodsman is one of the country’s foremost entomological artists. Through her scientific approach to her work she has been made a member of the Royal Society of Biology and Royal Entomological Society. In the past, Cath has taught courses for the Royal Horticultural Society and the Royal West of England Academy and has contributed work to publications such as Countryfile magazine, the British Beekeeper’s Association and Leisure Painter.


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

Download the Spring/Summer adult short course brochure