Capturing the Seasons - Field Sketchbook Workshop - Shades of Autumn

Discover how to create a field sketchbook to record the signs of the season at Carlton Marshes.

With botanical and wildlife artist, Ruth Wharrier. This Monday course will focus particularly on Autumn colour and is designed to enable you to create your own naturalist’s sketchbook and have the confidence to go out and draw!

Workshops can be taken individually as one- or two-day sessions (Saturday and/or Monday), or as a full course with seasonal dates scheduled across the year (September 19 & 21; November 21 & 23). The focus will be on observational sketching techniques that can be used outside whilst walking and also on detailed drawing techniques that can be used back at home. 

Based at Carlton Marshes, the course will allow participants the opportunity to observe and record the changing seasons within this stunning reserve. The centre at Carlton Mashes offers an inspiring setting with enviable views out across the marshes and reed beds. 

10:00am - 3:00pm.

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In order to run activity sessions safely while the COVID-19 pandemic is still in effect, there are a number of restrictions put in place, which are in the best interest of participants, staff and volunteers.

More detailed information will be outlined in your confirmation email once you have booked onto this course, however, it is important that you read and agree to the following information before you book:

  • During the session you will be required to socially distance at the Government recommended 2m.
  • All participants will be required to use sanitising hand gel on arrival. This will be provided and will be available for you to use at any additional points during the day, should you wish to.
  • If you are showing ANY signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or you have been told by NHS Track and Trace to isolate, you must not attend this event.
  • You are welcome to wear a mask in the centre, but this is not mandatory.

All equipment used on the day will be cleaned before and after use and where possible everyone will have their own set of tools for the duration. 

Refreshments will not be available. Please feel free to bring your own drinks.

For anyone wishing to take the workshops in November but unable to attend, they are working on offering the classes online via Zoom. Contact if you would be interested.

Please also bring:

  • A packed lunch
  • A range of drawing pencils
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Putty rubber
  • Drawing pens e.g. Uni pin 0.05, 0.2, 0.5
  • An A4 sketchbook with smooth cartridge paper suitable for line and wash.
  • Tracing paper
  • Watercolours (optional).


Ruth studied Botanical Illustration at The Chelsea Physic Garden, London. She exhibits widely and examples of her natural history illustrations can be seen on the tourist information boards on Pakefield Cliff, Suffolk. Ruth paints in watercolour on paper, vellum and wood. She also creates etchings and works in pen and ink. Ruth is regularly commissioned to decorate harpsichords, for international clients, with flora and fauna using historical painting techniques.

Click on the link to see examples of Ruth's exquisite work:

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