Mally Francis FLS – Painting Courses

Fellow of the Linnean Society.

Founder Chairman of the Eden Project Florilegium Society.

Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society.

Eden Project Botanical Art tutor

Mally’s CV 2017


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I hold 4 and 5 Day courses in the Spring, Summer and Autumn (see below for dates). I also have regular groups who meet weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on a termly basis. My courses are geared to individuals and their aspirations and abilities. Everyone is different and my classes are small enough to give attention to everyone, from beginners to more advanced painters. For more details please watch my video

In addition to teaching in my own studio, I also tutor for other groups including the Bath Society of Botanical Artists, the Ventnor Society of Botanical Artists on the Isle of Wight, the South West Society of Botanical Artists, the Eden Project, Truro Arts and Boconnoc House, Cornwall.

Following the successful tree drawing course at Boconnoc in autumn 2016 I shall be holding another course in the Stourton Memorial Hall at Stourhead in Wiltshire on 7th – 8th April 2017 which will concentrate on the fascination of drawing all or part of one of the beautiful trees which are such a feature of this wonderful National Trust property. Please contact me for further details of this exciting new course.

In 2015 I organised an exhibition of over 100 paintings by my art group called “Remembering Heligan” which included pictures of flowers, vegetables and other plants and animals which would have been familiar to the gardeners at The Lost Gardens of Heligan who went to fight in WW1.

I am delighted that one of my students, Laura Silburn, achieved a Gold Medal at her first attempt at the RHS Orchid Show in London in 2013 with six paintings of Hardy Geraniums. She followed this with a second Gold Medal in 2014 for six paintings of Aristolochia for which she was also awarded Best in Show. Since then, Ros Franklin FLS, a student and colleague, was awarded a Gold Medal at the Malvern RHS Show in 2015 for her Arisaemas for the Sheltered Garden or Greenhouse.

Although I mainly teach watercolour painting, I can also offer instruction in colour pencil work.

Once you start, Botanical Illustration gets under your skin…. The more you do, the more you see. What starts as a mild interest develops into complete absorption. Walks in the country will never be the same as you really become aware of the extraordinary and beautiful complexity of plants. To be able to capture the beauty of plants may seem impossible. It is not. You can immortalise them by learning and practising, under structured tuition. What seemed impossible can become reality. You will have a great sense of achievement and you will have a greater understanding of the world about you and a hobby that will keep you happy for years. Just as you have to practise tennis, piano-playing, driving, swimming, diving, you have to practise drawing……… It can bring amazing results. Even if you haven’t drawn since you were at school!
Give it a try!

Imagine the happy hours you can spend in beautiful company.

I have a structured approach so that artists can concentrate on one stage at a time, building up their confidence and ability. The most important thing to me is that artists really enjoy their time here and discover their own interests and style in what is such a large and varied subject.

Work produced by students on my courses

Depending upon the time of year, the subjects to be painted will be topical e.g primroses, camellias and rhododendrons in the early spring right through to the autumnal flowers, fruits, vegetables and fungi later in the season. This year I shall hold a later course at the end of October to coincide with the Heligan Harvest when a magnificent display is created of all the pumpkins, squashes and other vegetables.

Anyone wishing to bring their own subject to paint is very welcome to do so.

The studio is spacious, well-lit, equipped with a library of useful reference books and contains all that you will need apart from your own painting materials. A list of recommended items will be sent to you upon receipt of your completed booking form.

 2017 Tuition Fees:

* 4 Day Course: £320.00 including lunch each day during the course.

* 5 Day Course: £400.00 including lunch each day during the course.

* One day per week Termly Fees: £280.00 bring your own packed lunch.

Accommodation for 4 & 5 Day Courses: Please indicate if you wish to stay here for B&B. Two twin rooms with a shared bathroom which are available on a first-come first-served basis at £45.00 per person per night (£5.00 single person supplement). Alternatively there are various local B&Bs and details can be provided if required. Gift Vouchers are available for Botanical Painting Courses, either for the full course or per day. Further details on request.

4/5 Day Course Dates for 2017 (all dates inclusive)

March 19th – 22nd 4 days

April 19th – 23rd 5 days

July 18th – 19th 3 days. This course will concentrate on trees and will only be held if there is sufficient interest.

September 19th – 22nd 4 days

October 20th – 23rd 4 days