2023 Master Class in Botanical Illustration, Transylvania

2023 Master Class in Botanical Illustration, Transylvania

Another master class…

Another master class, limited to 5 people, will take place in the heart of Transylvania, a spectacular land. This time we will explore the area at summer. Come and join!

To apply - james.decandole@outlook.com

Read our previous class in Transylvania!


This 5-day master classes is an opportunity to work with your own wild specimens found in the rural heartland of Saxon Transylvania, in a class of just five students, and to stay in a peaceful farming settlement in the comfort of a large private house.   

Classes will demonstrate the different techniques of watercolour in botanical illustrations using subject matter gathered by you in the forests, hills and meadows in an unspoiled part of Transylvania.

We shall explore this unspoilt landscape together and in the company of a local botanist, learning about the plants and finding samples on which to work inside. Each morning, Işık will demonstrate the different techniques and approaches that achieve life-like paintings. You may choose your own wild specimen on which to practice and to complete under Işık’s guidance. The classes will help you to combine a scientific accuracy with an aesthetic vision to create beautiful botanical paintings. 

Classes shall take place in POD, a studio classroom filled with northern light. Each student will have their own desk and slant board.


The former Saxon village of Copsa Mare is surrounded by species rich grasslands, deep valleys and high forested ridges full of beech, oak and hornbeam. These forests are home to brown bears, honey buzzards, roe buck and wild boar. 

Our hosts, Rachel and James de Candole, live all year round in the village in the former town hall, built in the 1890s under the time of the Dual Monarchy and now faithfully restored by them as their family home.  

You shall stay in a peaceful farming settlement in great comfort, with plenty of good food and fresh air.   

This will be a relaxing five days, with periods of concentrated study mixed with lots of fresh air, exercise (the land is full of steep valleys so you need to be reasonably fit!), and good food and wine. Our hosts have their own horses, all classically schooled at home. 


The de Candoles own set number 19/150 of The Transylvania Florilegium and during our stay with them, we shall be able to study this remarkable compilation of botanical paintings depicting the wild flora of Transylvania.  


30th July - To Sibiu Airport – transfer to Copsa Mare

31th July - 4th  August - Botanical illustration Master Class

5th August - depart

Limited to 5 participants

Price – 1900 EUR

The price includes:

•    6 nights of accommodation in your own room
•    All food and wine
•    Airport transfers (within dates)
•    Master class and botanical guide 

Not included:

•    International flights
•    Travel/Medical Insurance
•    Personal expenses

•    Art materials (see below)


Recommended Material List:

1.   Drawing Pencil (2H, HB, 2B, 4B)
2.   Divider
3.   Eraser
4.   Sharpener
5.   Tracing Paper

6.  Sketching paper (Smooth surface Cartridge paper or pad, 120-160 g/s, A3 or A4 size)

7.   A range of Watercolour brushes (Number 4, 3 or 2, and some small number of brushes will be useful for fine details)
8.   Palette 
9.   Watercolour pigments (Winsor&Newton Artists’ Value is recommended but any pigment you prefer to use)

10.   Watercolour Paper (Minimum 300 g/s, Hot Pressed, 50-100% Cotton watercolour paper is recommended, but don’t hesitate the one you like to use.

11.  Backboard (if possible)


To apply - james.decandole@outlook.com

Read our previous class in Transylvania!


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