Bradness Gallery 

Spithurst Road, Barcombe, East Sussex, BN8 5EB, UK.  Tel: 01273 400606

Course details


Once you understand flower painting, then you can explore the subject in endless ways and in numerous mediums.  However, I feel that the best way to start is using pencil and watercolour.


This 3 day course will cover the basics of painting flowers.   We will learn to carefully observe the construction of flowers and leaves so that when painting them they make sense.


We will start by studying the component parts; single leaves, different leaves shapes and simple flower forms.  We will then progress to pulling together those elements and painting a picture .


There will be a maximum of 6 students and we will work in the Bradness kitchen so that we can look out onto the garden as we work.


This course is absolutely designed for complete beginners or those who would like to go back to study from the basics upwards.


The days will start with coffee at 9.30am and finish at about 4.30pm each day.  You can stay on until 5.30 if you wish.






Go home with a framed painting ready to hang on the wall

Paint Flowers in your own free and joyful style

Designed for complete beginners or those with some experience  -  3 day course - £395

Follow up days are £65 or £50 if you book 3


Although my flower painting background started with Botanical Illustration, I personally have a strong desire to express in more free flowing ways the abundance of flowers and the joy of the garden.

My teaching approach is designed to encourage and inform you in whichever style you wish to explore.

We will work overlooking the Bradness garden, each selecting flowers and foliage from it for our inspiration.


On this course, we will work in pencil, pen, watercolour, gouache and ink.  We will spend 3 days luxuriating in the peace of flower painting.  The course is designed for complete beginners or those with some experience.  We start on worksheets by drawing and painting simple leaves, then leaf stems and then single flowers.  After that we progress to painting a picture which you will take home framed and ready to hang.


Paints, brushes, paper and flowers are all included.  Also included is a lovely mount and frame.  Do not feel under any pressure to finish your painting as these can be taken home but it is a fun and inspiring thing to do to

see your work with a finished presentation.

The days will start at 9.30 and finish at 4.30.   For photos from previous courses please click HERE






Grandmas vase for web


Previous course photos


All the paintings and worksheets shown are from complete beginners.  On day one of the course we practise simple leaves, leaf stems and flowers and after that we start to put them together into a painting.






2019 - 3 day course dates


Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays


May 28th, 29th and 30th  - full


July 9th, 10th and 11th  -  full


August 6th, 7th and 8th  -  1 place


August 20th, 21st and 22nd


September 24th, 25th and 26th - full


October 15th, 16th and 17th




2019 Follow up session dates


Wednesday 31st July


Wednesday 28th August


Sunday 29th September


Wednesday 30th October


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'If you have always wanted to "have a go"  or already paint, I can't recommend Emma's flower painting course enough. As a beginner I  have completely surprised myself with what I have managed to achieve in 3 days under Emma's knowledgeable and encouraging tutorage.  From beginning to end the whole experience has been joyful and definitely one I wish to repeat'.  Jane


‘ I had never painted before Emma’s flower painting course – but having been a lifelong art lover and passionate about nature and all things colourful, I attended with some nerves about being no good and somehow failing. However these soon dispelled as I LOVED it from the first few minutes and even took home my first ever framed painting, which was incredibly gratifying.

Emma is a really lovely person - so friendly and relaxed, but at the same time hugely knowledgable; informative and a great teacher (as well as passionate about her art) that I lost all my inhibitions quickly at the start of the course. It was quite the most lovely three days I have spent for a long time – in beautiful surroundings; in a relaxed but productive environment and I learnt a lot. Not to mention the delicious lunches and home- made cake - a really nice group of other people at the same sort of standard as me. I have lost my fear of mixing and playing with colour and just trying anything- I can’t wait to do another course and it has inspired me to continue painting, and that most importantly everyone can produce something with the right help.’

Lucy Alwyn







Bunch of Flowers LR

Above and below:  Flower paintings by Emma Burnett

Above and below:  Flower paintings by Emma Burnett

Flower Painting with Emma Burnett

Through the spring and summer, there will be follow up days for those who have already attended a Flower Painting course with me.  We will work in the Bradness garden and I have also arranged that we can visit various beautiful local NGS gardens and work in them for the day so that we can enjoy lovely surroundings, a day out and different flowers and combinations to paint.  The days will run from 10am to 4.30pm.  You bring your own materials and your own food.

They cost £65 each or £50 if you book 3 or more.



Following the course you may wish to buy your own materials.  Always try to buy the best 'artist' not 'student' quality paints.  These can be named differently under different makes - just for confusion!  


Paint colours. For a basic kind of set, that you can mix most colours from, I would probably recommend the following:-

Azo yellow - cadmium yellow - cadmium red - cobalt blue - cobalt teal (turquoise) - magenta - sap green - burnt umber - brilliant pink - paynes grey.


Inks. The inks we use are J. Herbin


Brushes.  The brushes we use on the course are; Pro Arte Renaissance Sable in sizes - 8 - 4 - 1 - 00 and rigger size 4.


Paper.  For standard paper that we used on our worksheets try Bockingford 300gm 'not hot pressed'.


For our main picture we used Fabriano Artistico 640gm 'not hot pressed'.  It comes in soft white or extra white.


If you have any questions, do get in touch.


I have organised the following links just to maek internet shopping easier.  There is a 'bundle'

Flower Painting LR web