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  • Starling Art Gallery (Formerly Hummingbird Gallery Studios) 107 Havelock Road, Fiveways, Brighton, East Sussex BN16GL England, Uk (map)

Drawing Inspiration from Plants

7 week Botanical and Plant Medicine Art Class - Brighton

A chance to work with plants as your art muse, producing great work and drawing inspiration from their form, characters and healing properties. This weekly class will be working with different observation techniques and artistic skills to capture the essence and aliveness in our subjects, nature paints, abstraction, pattern, colour and inspiration from other artists - so many great artists worked with flowers and plants to understand nature and art. We will also uncover how the artistic process makes the medicine of a plant accessible.

DATES: 3 March / 10 March / 17 March / 24 March / 31 March / 7 April / 14 April

COST: £160 - Full Payment. - book here

Concessions or part payments - please email

Some materials will be provided but a full list will be emailed on booking.

10 places maximum

Beginners and advanced painters welcome.

Brief overview of each week.

  1. Observation techniques, freedom of expression and the relationship with form

  2. Taking observation further into imagination and the medicine of plants

  3. Inspiration from other artists, movements, ecology and consciousness

  4. Exploring with colour, abstraction, and how art speaks, creative writing from your art work

  5. Beginning an in-depth study with one plant

  6. Continuing to work in-depth to finish final works, reviews

  7. Exhibition of all works, presentation and reflection

About Eleanor Darley - Artist teaching

Eleanor is founder of a new venture The School of Botanical Arts which is based on the acknowledgment of the medicinal properties of plants, and their effect on how they make us aware of ourselves and the world. Her work extends to teaching, counselling and facilitating art and creativity workshops for groups, or one to one. Trained in anthroposophical art therapy, she also practises as a transpersonal art counsellor, specialising working with plants and ecology.

“Eleanor’s teaching changed the way I looked and related to the plant I was drawing, and from that point on my pictures were completely different, and I’ve learnt to trust much more in the art as a way to mirror myself and understand nature can do that too!” Fiona, Brighton

“I never realised that drawing the detail and form of plants could be so calming and informative, I had huge realisations about things I couldn’t see before” Ana, Lewes

“I loved every aspect of it - it was very liberating to be given permission to draw so freely without worrying about what was on the paper. I love the free writing element too and it has reawakened a joy for writing in me. I found the whole day a deeply emotional experience.” Tish, Sussex

Earlier Event: November 12