(Above) Painting at Kingcombe by Christina Hart-Davies. (Below) Pyramidal Orchid by Christina Hart-Davies
The Kingcombe Education Centre, which sits on the beautifully unspoilt Dorset Wildlife Trust nature reserve in Toller Porcorum, Dorset, has added Painting Summer Plants in Watercolour to its line-up of residential and day courses for 2014. The three day residential course will run from Friday 20 June Sunday 22 June 2014 and costs £252 per person, including accommodation, food and tuition.
From observing the form and texture of summer plants to reproducing their luscious hue in watercolours and capturing them accurately petal for petal, experienced painters will have a chance to learn new skills while brushing up on existing techniques. Tutor and botanical artist Christina Hart-Davies will be on hand throughout the weekend to give group demonstrations as well as one-to-one sessions.
Students travelling from further afield can book to stay in one of the 11 wildlife-themed en-suite bedrooms or enjoy the blissful peace of a Living Van (a movable and beautifully restored hut for roadmen!), which was recently refurbished by Plankbridge Hutmakers.
Kingcombe is an inspiring place with an abundance of wild flowers
“Kingcombe is an inspiring place for aspiring botanical artists; the peace and quiet means that students can immerse themselves for hours. What’s more there is an abundance of wild flowers in the meadows and hedgerows which means individuals can decide to focus in on one plant or paint a collection,” explains Christina Hart-Davies.
For more information about courses and accommodation at the The Kingcombe Centre, please contact: 01300 321 409 or visit the website here.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
The Kingcombe Centre and Courses:
The course fees for residential courses includes accommodation (bed linen and towels are provided) and all tuition and meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner plus morning and afternoon tea).
For day courses, the fee includes course tuition and lunch plus morning and afternoon tea.
The Kingcombe Education Centre is situated in the beautifully unspoilt Dorset Wildlife Trust Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve in Toller Porcorum, Dorset. This hidden treasure, which feels miles from anywhere, is not only a welcoming oasis for wildlife, but a place of utter peace and quiet for people to visit with no charge at all for entry.
It’s the perfect place to escape the constant day-to-day interruptions, stresses and electronic ‘bleeping’ of daily life. The Kingcombe sounds are of buzzing, bird song and rustling leaves and occasionally splashes as pond dipping gets underway. Open for anyone to visit, for an hour or two of utter peace and quiet, followed by a good coffee in the garden, basking in the simple pleasures that the countryside has to offer. It’s a place where wild-flower meadows are untouched. Where children can get up close and personal with mini beasts, go pond dipping and collect twigs, sticks and branches.
The Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve is free to visit and is open every day of the week and all year round and it’s worth finding and adding to your list of wildlife-rich experiences.
The café is good too home-made and lots home-grown and open between 10am and 4pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from February to November, and all week during the Dorset school holidays, excluding Christmas holidays.