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Garden Journaling at Newark Park

Garden Journaling at Newark Park


Newark Park, Ozleworth

Two Days, Sat 11th June - Sun 12th June

Before the age of photography, planning and keeping track of a garden required an illustrated journal to study the progress of heirloom varieties, pest control and crop rotation. These marvellous books are no longer strictly needed, but have the potential to be a beautiful form of art.

During this two-day class, you will create your own garden journal, by merging scrapbooking, sketch-booking and mindful-journaling with botanical illustration. After exploring the historic house and gardens at Newark Park, you can take inspiration for planning and illustrating your own garden - whether that's your allotment, balcony, or back garden plot.

We will cover a wide range of skills including, creative journaling, observational drawing and painting botanicals, as well as visual elements that don't involve drawing. A beginner will have the chance to test materials and learn watercolours under guidance, while advanced students will have the opportunity to branch into their own creative practice, inspired by the course content.

Day 1, 10am-4pm: Exploring Newark park, followed by an introduction to painting botanicals in watercolours.

Day 2, 10:30-3:30: Illustrating garden wildlife, painting and designing seed packets, larger garden paintings.

All materials will be provided, including an A5 watercolour sketchbook and garden specimens. However, please bring a selection of things from your garden that inspire you. Such as, cuttings, herbs, pressed flowers, seeds, seed packets and young plants.

Lunch is not included but tea, coffee, and cake will be on hand all day. You're welcome to bring a picnic or use the cafe on site. Admittance to Newark park is included in this class, please wear suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor walking. If you would like more information about the accessibility and walk involved in this workshop please get in touch via the contact page.

Ms Emma Leyfield currently trading as 'Valerian'. The copyright to all images and graphics used within this website are owned by Valerian, or Valerian has sought the appropriate permissions to use them.

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