The home of Rachel and James de Candole
Wildflower meadows in June
Wildflower meadows in June

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Studying Allium scorodoprasum in the studio
Studying Allium scorodoprasum in the studio

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Local flowers
Local flowers

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Wildflower meadows in June
Wildflower meadows in June

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4 -10 September 2023 NOW BOOKING

Copsa Mare, Transylvania, Romania

A unique opportunity to study botanical art in the wonderful setting of rural Transylvania, surrounded by ancient forests and traditional farm grasslands.


Suitable for improvers, this workshop gives you the opportunity to explore and study the native flora, experience local life and advance your botanical art skills in a peaceful and relaxed setting. With a dedicated studio space and only five places you will receive tuition tailored to your particular needs.


Subjects covered will include:

    • Stages of producing a botanical illustration.

    • Collection and observation of subjects.

    • Making initial records. 

    • Painting techniques for botanical art. 

    • Composition considerations.

    • Finishing touches etc.

Each day will be a mix of intensive study, fresh air, exercise, good food & wine. We will also take inspiration from the Transylvania Florilegium (No. 19/150 is owned by our host.)


There will be free time from 4.30pm each day.


Rachel and James de Candole, our hosts, have restored the former town hall in Copsa Mare, ( above left) originally built in the 1890s . This is now their family home and where we are based. We will eat meals together of fresh local produce (vegetarians and vegans catered for) including being hosted in the village for a couple of the evenings.


1900 EUR (2023 price) includes: Six nights accommodation, food and wine, airport transfers, five days botanical art instruction.


For more details contact James -

Watch the slideshow for an overview of what to expect from this wonderful, unique opportunity. Hover over the images for captions.



I first visited Transylvania in 2014, when I was fortunate to be amongst a select group of worldwide botanical artists invited to take part in the Transylvania Florilegium project, depicting the native flora.


It was an amazing experience and I'd love to share a similar adventure with you!



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