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Monday, March 01, 2010

Botany for Botanical Artists , Art and Wildlife

You are unlikely to recognise the subject in this photograph. It is showing grains of pollen attached  to the stigma of an ordinary Crocus plant  which are in flower in most of our gardens. The photograph was taken by John Bebbington FRPS and kindly made available for us to use for our Wildlife Group on this Blog.

John and Anne Bebbington came to live near Langport a few years ago and have become valuable supporters of our local group, giving talks, leading walks and giving us tremendous photographs of wildlife.We have supported Anne in starting a Botany Study Group based in Langport which has proved very successful and popular.
Anne combines expert knowledge of plants with great skill as an artist but most importantly an excellent teaching ability

Dr Anne Bebbington PhD,  is a botanist, natural history illustrator and formerly  senior ecology tutor for the Field Studies Council.  Anne is now starting a new venture in setting up and running a much needed course for botanical  artists.

The course starts in September 2010 and will combine botanical tuition with an opportunity to develop and practise illustration techniques.

 Working with Anne is Mary Brewin MSc PGCE Cert HE Botanical Illustration and also formerly senior ecology tutor at the Field Studies Council.

Anne and Mary will be the Course tutors.

The programme will consist of 10 linked workshops over a 12 month period. Between sessions participants will be given help and encouragement to complete an illustration based on the subject of the workshop.

The course will take place at " Nature in Art" , Twigworth, Gloucestershire. The workshops will run from 10.00 to 16.00 on one Saturday each month excluding December 2010 and August 2011. Here is a link to the venue. Click here

The course fee for the 12 month course covering tuition, support and use of the venue will be £398.
For more information call Anne at or Mary at

Closing date for applications is 30th April.

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