Watercolour workshop: autumn fruits

Event details

Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 October 2017, 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £210 (£180 concessions, Friends of Kew). 15 places available

Event overview

About the course

Using initial drawings then watercolour this workshop will explore how to paint autumn’s harvest of fruits—making them look realistic using 3D form and colour techniques. From apples to pears and quinces to pomegranates we will paint the whole fruit and halved ones, revealing the structure and pattern of seeds inside, making an interesting composition on the page.


The tutor

Penny Price is a botanical artist, having initially trained as a teacher and then as a professional lettering artist. Having painted all her life she decided to become more specialised in the art of botanical painting, and trained for the Diploma in Botanical Art and Illustration (EGS) gaining a Distinction in 2013 at Chelsea. She was awarded a Silver Gilt medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2014. She presently teaches part-time at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art and runs courses in Cambridge University Botanic Garden. She is an artist member of three Florilegium Societies, including one in Sydney, Australia, where she has also exhibited her work. Her mission is to help others achieve pleasure and skills in the art of botanical painting.


How to book

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

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Watercolour workshop: gilded flowers

Event details

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 2017, 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £150 (£130 concessions, Friends of Kew). 15 places available

Event overview

About the course

The artwork created can be stylised or kept very simple in design. The processes of drawing, tracing down, layering of paint, and creating form with paint will be addressed, as well as making a design that works within the limited space of a circle or other shape. Gilding will be either with real gold leaf and/or gold gouache. Some flowering plants of a simple nature such as pansies will be provided. Open to all abilities.


The tutor

Penny Price is a botanical artist. She initially trained as a teacher and then as a professional lettering artist. Having painted all her life she decided to become more specialised in the art of botanical painting, and trained for the Diploma in Botanical Art and Illustration (EGS) gaining a Distinction in 2013 at Chelsea. She was awarded a Silver Gilt medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2014. She presently teaches part-time at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art and runs courses in Cambridge University Botanic Garden. She is an artist member of three Florilegium Societies, including one in Sydney, Australia, where she has also exhibited her work. Her mission is to help others achieve pleasure and skills in the art of botanical painting.


How to book

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

Download the spring/summer 2017 short course brochure

Mindfulness

Event details

Wednesdays 13, 20, 27 September and 4, 11 and 18 October, 2pm to 4.30pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course Fee: £240 (£210 concessions, Friends of Kew) 12 places available

Event overview

About the event

Practicing mindfulness can help to completely shift how we experience life. It can change how we notice and respond to day to day challenges as well as the good things which happen.

Come on this new six week course, amid the natural beauty of Kew Gardens and learn mindful practices from an accredited teacher, in a supportive and enjoyable outdoor setting.


The tutor

Karen Liebenguth is a life coach and mindfulness trainer. She is a member of the Association for Coaching and British Focusing Association, complying with both codes of practice. She is also an Associate and Accredited Mindfulness teacher with Breathworks.


How to book

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

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Tai Chi

Event details

Tuesdays 5, 12, 19 and 26 September 2017, 2-3pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course Fee: £100 (£80 concessions, Friends of Kew) 20 places available

Event overview

About the course

A slow gentle form of non aerobic exercise, Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese art practised by many people around the world, for its health, meditation and mindfulness benefits. Through practising Tai Chi, your joints will become looser, your posture and circulation will improve and you will gradually feel an overall sense of wellbeing.

This will be an outdoor class held in a beautiful, quiet and contemplative area of Kew Gardens—come along to this new, relaxing four week course and learn a new skill for life.

(If you have any health doubts regarding your ability to participate on this course please consult your doctor before enrolling.)


The tutor

Fiona Anderson is a regular instructor of Tai Chi in Kew Gardens and is registered with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.


How to book

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

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Introduction to painting with acrylics

Event details

Tuesday 15 to Wednesday 17 August 2017, 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £210 (£180 concessions, Friends of Kew) 15 places available

Event overview

About the event

Come on this new three-day course and discover the versatility of this easy to use and quick drying medium. This is an introduction to acrylics where students will learn about acrylic paints and how to work with them—considering composition, painting techniques, layering and colour.

You'll gave the opportunity to explore an extended range of media, materials and painting surfaces that can be used to further the creative process of acrylic painting.


The tutor

Stuart Simler trained at Leeds University as part of the Fine Art BA (Hons) Course, graduating in 1997. His early experiences as an artist were based around drawing—the
idea of draftsmanship excited him, in particular its versatility and range of mark making possibilities. From here he has gone on to exhibit both internationally and at roots level in local events and community exhibitions. He maintains his connections with two collectives; Collect Connect and Sunbury Working Artists (SWA).


How to book

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

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The Mobile Museum: economic botany in circulation

Starting in 1847, Kew’s Museum of Economic Botany received and re-circulated plant raw materials and artefacts from all over the world. This collaboration with Royal Holloway, University of London, seeks to map these flows, discovering and forging global connections with museums worldwide.

Starting in 1847, Kew’s Museum of Economic Botany received and re-circulated plant raw materials and artefacts from all over the world. This collaboration with Royal Holloway, University of London, seeks to map these flows, discovering and forging global connections with museums worldwide.

Vegetable growing for novices

Event details

Thursday 13 July 2107, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course Fee: £70 (£60 Concessions, Friends of Kew) 25 places available

Event overview

About the course

Have you just acquired an allotment or vegetable patch and want to boost your vegetable growing skills? This one-day workshop, run by Christine Lavelle, will introduce you to the most commonly grown vegetable crops and show you how best to cultivate them. You’ll also learn about pests and diseases, crop rotation, fertilisers, green manures and composting – giving you the confidence to get the most from your plot.


The tutor

Christine Lavelle is a lecturer in horticulture and ecology at Writtle College, Chelmsford, UK, and an external examiner for the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She trained at the National Trust for Scotland’s Threave School of Practical Gardening and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Christine was assistant Head Gardener at Levens Hall topiary gardens in Kendal and Hardy Ornamentals Team leader at Askham Bryan College in York. Her main areas of work are in organic growing and wildlife gardening. Together, Christine and her husband Michael Lavelle won the Garden Media Guild Practical Book of the Year Award in 2003 and 2008 for their books Organic Gardening and How to Create a Wildlife Garden (both published by Lorenz Books).


How to book

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

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Creative Writing

Event details

Tuesday 11 July or Thursday 12 October 2017, 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew) 12 places available

Event overview

About the course

This new one day course, led by author Lynda Waterhouse, will give you the opportunity to develop your creative writing skills in a warm and supportive atmosphere. You will be provided with a writer’s notebook and be guided through a series of short stimulating walks with accompanying writing exercises. Use Kew as your inspiration and be enthused by its wonders.


The tutor

Lynda Waterhouse is an author/educator with ten published books, twenty years in primary and secondary education, and many more years’ experience devising and running creative workshops for museum and art galleries including The Wallace Collection, The Queen’s Gallery, Windsor Castle and Elsecar Heritage Centre in South Yorkshire. Tan Twan Eng, winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize 2012 says, ‘Lynda is a passionate and knowledgeable writer, always generous with her time, expertise and ideas.’


How to book

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

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Herbs in the home: a practical approach

Event details

Sunday 2 July 2017, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course Fee: £70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew) 20 places available

Event overview

About the course

Learn how to use herbs in the home with this new one day course. Over the centuries herb use has varied as lifestyle has changed and we will be looking at recipes tailored for our busy lives today.  Some recipes will be fragrant, some tasty and others safe plant medicine. Led by a medical herbalist, the course will offer guidance on basic methods and ensure participants know the benefits and cautions of gathering and use.


The tutor

Christina Stapley has been growing, studying and using herbs for 40 years. She has a degree in Phytotherapy and as a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy practised as a medical herbalist for many years. She is an RHS lecturer and lectures to a wide variety of groups, guilds and societies on all aspects of growing and using herbs, including in crafts.


How to book

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

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Save! Book a place on both Herb courses for £120 (£100 concessions, Friends of Kew)

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Planning and tending a herb garden

Event details

Saturday 1 July 2017, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course Fee: £70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew) 20 places available

Event overview

About the course

Learn how to design a herb garden to fit your own space. Plan a design for a small urban garden, a larger country garden, a patio or a balcony. Whether your aim is a wildflower garden with a natural appearance, a more formal knot garden or a selection of potted herbs, there is something for everyone. Getting to know the herbs involved will be through images, herbarium samples and an all-important walk to the Queen’s Garden in Kew to see the plants growing and literally smell the roses!


The tutor

Christina Stapley has been growing, studying and using herbs for 40 years. She has a degree in Phytotherapy and as a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy practised as a medical herbalist for many years. She is an RHS lecturer and lectures to a wide variety of groups, guilds and societies on all aspects of growing and using herbs, including in crafts.


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

 

Save! Book a place on both Herb courses for £120 (£100 concessions, Friends of Kew)

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