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Botanical Drawing, Folklore and Storytelling Workshop - Dahlia

Tutors: Lucy Finchett Maddock & Helen Manson

Evolution Arts in Association with the LORE School at Hearts and Flowers

Date:   Saturday September 18th 2021, 11-2pm  - DATE CHANGED

Location: Hearts and Flowers, Stanmer Organics, Stanmer Park Brighton

This botanical drawing workshop offers the opportunity to scientifically render a chosen seasonal flower found within the magical plot of Hearts and Flowers, Stanmer Park; whilst also learning a little bit about the folklore and stories that go along with it.  The chosen flower for this workshop is the fabulous 'dahlia' (Dahlia pinnata).

In this series of drawing ‘sits’ you will learn the botany of the dahlia, pick the flower that you are going to draw, observe and render it learn of its folklore and healing properties, narrated through storytelling whilst you sketch away.

We will close the workshop with an opportunity to pick a bunch to take home.  Workshop price includes the cost of the flowers.


Materials List

The following materials will be made available to participants, although please do bring along your own if you prefer:

Graphite pencils, Charcoal, Sharpener, Rubber & Paper

A 10% discount is available at Clarkes Stationers, Bond Street, who sell a good range of artist’s materials, if you wish to buy your own– tell them you are doing a course with Evolution and take a printout of your emailed confirmation.

About the Tutors

Lucy Finchett-Maddock is an artist, educator and founder of The LORE School with a passion for teaching with over fifteen years of experience facilitating classes to various ages.

Helen Manson - Helen is a garden designer with extensive experience in botany and is one of the co-founders of Hearts and Flowers.

Hearts and Flowers is an organic flower garden situated in the heart of beautiful Stanmer Organics, Stanmer Park, on the outskirts of Brighton. Hearts and Flowers runs activities and projects in Brighton and Hove focused on organic flower growing, promoting ethical floristry and horticulture, and horticulture projects for people and groups with barriers to accessing nature.  Find them at http://www.heartsandflowersbrighton.org

The LORE School is a law and arts education organisation that seeks to teach of the ecological origins of law by being with and observing natural processes, through creative practices.  Find them at http://www.theloreschool.org


"I really enjoyed our session last Tuesday.  I can’t think of any way it could have been improved. I’m not a drawer or painter, but doing it made me really look at the flower closely.  I loved all the facts and LORE of the cornflower and the story telling - to me that was the highlight of the evening. You were all so welcoming and the surroundings so beautiful, peaceful.  Honestly it was a treat to be there, so thank you for setting it all up so beautifully."