Situated in Ham, one of London’s loveliest areas and close to Richmond Park, Helen’s studio offers space for eight painters.

The GreenHouse is well equipped and has a comprehensive library of reference books. Helen also stocks painting materials for sale.

Students mainly work on their own projects working step by step and concentrating on perfecting techniques during the process.

Beginners are welcome and learn through carefully constructed exercise, which are then applied in small projects to botanical specimens. Basic botany is also covered.

For the proficient painter there are some more advanced workshops several times a year. See the current term’s timetable for subjects, dates and fees.

Classes are limited to eight students and one-to-one tuition is available and tailor-made to your requirements.  Small groups are also welcome on at other times.  Please contact me for details.

Timetable Spring 2015

New Year Resolutions

Now is the time to revisit and practice techniques we have almost forgotten about. It is SO easy to forget why we commit to this serious art form. Now is the right time to revisit our checklists for successful botanical paintings.

OBSERVATION is the key, and knowing what we need to include in our paintings.

DRAWING accurately and not making assumptions.

COMPOSITION exercises and making thumbnail sketches combine to make better paintings.

PAINTING exercises get us back to good practice.

HISTORY helps us - botanical art, portraiture and other art forms - to work at making our paintings more beautiful and refined.

PRACTICE really ‘does make perfect’ and we need to go back to basics from time to time to refresh our work.

Wednesday classes

These classes are themed and suitable for beginners and intermediates although all abilities are welcome. For beginners there is a skill based individual learning programme to enable you to work at your own pace. For the confident painters there are some projects to expand your experience and improve techniques.

These classes are aimed at those who are interested in learning the art of botanical painting. The theme this term will be cabbages and bumpy leaves for those who would like to be challenged.  For those with less or no experience there will be autumn fruits which will provide endless hours of drawing and painting

Wednesday, 7th January

Wednesday, 14th January

Wednesday, 4th February

Wednesday, 11th February Wednesday, 4th March

Wednesday, 11th March

Monthly Workshops

These workshops are aimed at painters who want to work on personal projects whilst improving their techniques in composition drawing and painting.

Thursday 22nd January

Thursday 5th February

Thursday 12th March

For all classes:

Coffee is available from 10.30am, class starts 11 am and finishes at 4pm. The studio remains open until 4.30pm.

Coffee, tea etc provided, please bring a packed lunch to share.


£50.00 cash or cheque on the day

Payment in advance

5 classes £240.00

8 classes£370.00

10 classes£450.00


Please give 3 days notice of cancellation. If I can fill the space then there will be no charge but if not, I will have to charge the full fee.

The GreenHouse

Botanical Watercolours

An example of student Judith Golder’s work

Painting in progress

These workshops are primarily for people wishing to work on their own projects.

Fabulous Fridays

Friday 23rd January

Thursday 13th February

Thursday 27th March