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It is well known that plants and creative work are both beneficial for the mind. Combine the two by attending a botanical drawing and painting class at Knuston Hall in Irchester, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. Weekend courses run from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and are for beginners and improvers.

Each student paints his or her own choice of flower or other plant material and works at his or her own pace with individual tuition.

If you have a partner or friend who would also like a weekend at Knuston, there are other courses running. For example, Nicholas Hammond will be tutoring a weekend called Images of Landscapes and Nature. There is no drawing and painting on this course - just sitting back and learning about the work of masters

Anyone who lives locally can attend as a day pupil. Those attending as residents have single or twin rooms with ensuite facilities. Food is excellent and staff are friendly and helpful.

If you have a partner or friend who would also like to come to Knuston but who does not want to learn botanical painting, there are other courses running that weekend. For example, Nick Hammond will be running a weekend about Van Gogh and the films made about his life.

Contact Knuston Hall, Irchester, Wellinborough, Northamptonshire, NN29 7EU
(Tel: 01604 362200, email: for more details, prices, etc.


The Illustrated College Herbal by Jane Knowles, Henry Oakeley and Gillian Barlow 2018 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Royal College of Physicians, London.

Handbook of Plant Forms for Botanical Artists by Ernest E. Clark and Margaret Stevens (Batsford).

A Passion for Plants: Contemporary Botanical Masterworks by Dr Shirley Sherwood (Cassell 2001 £40 (hardback) £20 (paperback).
Yvonne is one of the artists featured in this book.

Flower Paintings from The Apothecaries' Garden - Contemporary Botanical Illustrations from the Chelsea Physic Garden edited by Andrew Brown published by Antique Collectors' Club (2005) at £25. Yvonne is featured in the book which shows paintings in the archives of the Chelsea Physic Garden.

Botanical Illustration from Chelsea Physic Garden by Andrew Brown, Antique Collectors' Club 2015.

The Great Fen – Artists for Nature in England by Chris Gerrard (Langford Press £35) features work by wildlife and botanical artists for the Artists for Nature Foundation to explain and illustrate the Great Fen restoration project currently being undertaken by The Wildlife Trusts.

The Art of Botanical Painting by Margaret Stevens (Harper Collins £20).

The Handbook of Plant Forms for Botanical Artists by Margaret Stevens (Batsford 2013). Two of Yvonne's Gold Medal paintings of tulips were chosen for the front and back covers of this book.

Read Yvonne's article titled "Art On The Amazon" regarding her trip in March 2014 to the Amazon aboard the Swan Hellenic cruise ship Minerva.

Comments from students:

"Thanks for being such a good tutor - from an entire novice I have made such good progress!"

"An inspiring beginning. Thanks for your help and encouragement"

"Thank you so much for a wonderful course. You've certainly opened my eyes!"

"A really enjoyable week - filled with new challenges. Very nice class atmosphere"

"Thank you for all your help and for making it all such fun"

"Thank you for a very instructive and happy weekend painting"

"Thank you for a very inspiring course. I hope to see you again"

"Many thanks for a wonderful workshop. We all got so much out of it"


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