Inky Leaves


“I am very excited to say that we have four places available for this unforgettable course set in the beautiful Saxon village of Copșa Mare in Transylvania.”

My class will focus on illustrating leaves of all shapes and sizes in watercolour.

Students will have started their large leaf piece and finished a collection of smaller study pieces over the course of our four days together. We will look at mixing colours, leaf taxonomy and painting composition. Periods of study in the beautiful ‘Pod’ classroom will be balanced with plenty of fresh air, exercise and local food.

The Pod (@podartspace) is a spacious botanical art studio filled with northern light. Students have plenty of space to work in. The classroom sits in the grounds of a private house in Copşa Mare in southern Transylvania. The village is in the middle of tens of thousands of hectares of oak and beech forest, interspersed with traditional farm grasslands exceptionally rich in flora and fauna.

I’m very much looking forward to exploring this rich landscape together with you, learning about the plants and finding samples on which to work.

We might even find a blue flower!

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The details

Suitable for all levels of watercolour painting.

This will be a relaxing four days, with the days devoted to concentrated study. You will get lots of fresh air, exercise and good food and wine. We shall have meals all together. Please bring good walking shoes and a waterproof jacket.


– 28th May 2021 – To Sibiu Airport – transfer to Copsa Mare
– 29th – 1st June 2021 – Botanical illustration master classes
– 2nd June 2021 – depart Sibiu Airport

If you wish to travel on a national carrier, we suggest you fly via Vienna or Munich on Austrian Airlines or Lufthansa. Both have good connections to Sibiu.

The price of €1400.00 includes
– 5 nights of accommodation
– All food and wine
– Airport transfers (within dates)
– Master class and botanical guide

Not included:
– International flights
– Travel/Medical Insurance
– Personal expenses
– Art materials

For further details or to book, email James de Candole, who welcomes everyone to talk with him about the courses he runs; (he is exceptionally friendly and helpful) –

Lastly, Rachel and James de Candole are a founding subscriber to the Transylvania Florilegium, with over 100 illustrations of local plants drawn by 35 artists. The books will be available for study during our stay.