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Last year artist, writer and broadcaster Sarah Simblet taught
The New Sylva: Drawing Trees, a course based on the book she co-authored with Gabriel Hemery, The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest & Orchard Trees for the Twenty-first Century. Sarah will offer this course again August 11-15, 2017 at the Ruskin School of Art. This 5-day non-residential programme is a fascinating and intensive exploration of trees and landscape, with a major component being fieldwork at Rousham House and its park by William Kent, the seminal landscape designer.

Sarah will also teach Botanical Drawing, a course designed to accompany her book, Botany of the Artist: An Inspiration Guide to Drawing Plants. This is an intensive
7-day programme in August (non-residential), and takes place in the Ruskin School of Art (the Faculty of Fine Art of the University of Oxford), and at the neighbouring University of Oxford Botanic Garden. 

Further information can be found on the Ruskin website. Reservations can be made through the University of Oxford’s online store.

Sarah will also teach a number of other amazing courses, including human anatomy. Details can be found on our website. 

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This summer the Ruskin School of Art will offer a new botanical illustration course with author and illustrator, Sarah Simblet. This five-day non-residential course is based on The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century, a book Simblet co-authored with Gabriel Hemery, Chief Executive of the Sylva Foundation.

Students will each make a sketchbook and then fill their books with illustrations. Students will also learn about tree morphology and how to compose a botanical plate. Included are two visits to the historic Rousham House & Garden.

This exciting opportunity will be held August 6-10, 2016. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Only six places remain available. You are encouraged to act soon if you want to take this class. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome!

Ruskin courses are only available to adults over the age of 16 years.

Course fee:

    Adult – £700.00 (currency converter)

    Oxford University students, staff and alumni (10% discount) – £630.00

    Students (with a current NUS card) and OAPs (5% discount) – £665.00

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This summer the Ruskin School of Art will offer short courses in human anatomy, botanical drawing, the foundations of drawing, and a watercolor course about painting landscapes.

Sarah Simblet will teach the courses about human anatomy, botanical drawing and foundation course in drawing. Her courses are based on her books Anatomy for the Artist, Botany for the Artist, and The Drawing Book, respectively.

Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > England:

    Botanical Drawing PosterBotanical Drawing
    August 17-21, 2015

    The course offers a unique opportunity to learn a broad range of essential drawing skills, including the best use of materials and techniques, while immersed in the rich diversity of the plant species that grow in both an historic botanical garden and along the banks and meadows of the nearby river Thames.
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    The Drawing Book 2015

    August 10-14, 2015

    Based on Sarah simblet’s internationally renowned book of the same title, this is a practical and inspirational studio course in how to draw and use your imagination. Through classes in the magnificent buildings of the Ruskin School of Art, visits to draw in Oxford museums and collections, illustrated lectures on the history, contemporary practice and diverse role of drawing in our lives, the practical explanation of materials and techniques, and also the making of individual drawing books, this course offers a clear foundation in drawing for the absolute beginner and also refreshment to the more experienced artist.
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In Ruskin Short Courses, teaching is delivered through intensive workshops, lectures, demonstrations and group discussions, with time for personal studio work. Participants are not expected to have any prior academic or artistic qualifications, except enthusiasm!

See Ruskin Short Courses for Summer 2015

Oxford University Alumni receive a 10% discount on the course fees.

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