the cotswold gardening school Timetable 2020
"I wanted to say a huge thank you for the wonderfully inspiring 10 week Garden Design course last autumn."
Briony D

"I was looking for a career change after moving areas two years ago and from my first visit to the school I was impressed by the enthusiasm and professional approach of all involved. The course involves a balance of theory and teaching, with guest lecturers adding to Caroline’s core instruction, and practical work. Feedback from ‘real’ clients has been invaluable."
Dena W
"Thank you for a totally inspiring day. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and want to begin working on my survey, planting plans and mood board straight away. There is a whole lot to learn but instead of being overwhelmed I am very excited knowing that I can take my creativity and put it into a more structured plan to help move forward."
Anita C
"I attended your garden design day course last week and I just wanted to thank you for such an enjoyable and informative day. We both loved it and felt your amazing enthusiasm was deliciously contagious. Loads of ideas now buzzing around."
Rosalie A
"I just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed the last 10 weeks and how much I've learned from you and from the others on the course. I will miss Wednesdays at the gardening school but I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again at Malvern - and to turning my design into a reality in my own garden! And hopefully to steering my career in a totally different direction as a garden designer."
Carole N
“A belated but heartfelt thank you of the super day I spent at the school a few Saturdays ago! It was a real inspiration, and I am just itching to put ideas into practice and to learn more!”
Elaine M
"Thank you so much for the very informative and interesting course I attended last Saturday, also for the delicious lunch. I’ve certainly come home with plenty of ideas – now I just need the time, energy and vision to put them into practice!"
Geraldine G
"Sending our sincere thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable day at the Garden Design group last Saturday. You honestly made the day so interesting and I was actually amazed how much material I seemed to retain! Believe me Caroline, this is very unusual for me..... :-)"
Maggie N
"I wanted to gain some underpinning knowledge about gardening. Coming to an Open Morning convinced me that the Cotswold Gardening School was a great place to learn. I chose to do the Professional Horticulture course and this became the highlight of my week, every week, for 10 weeks! The School is an inspiring place with great facilities."
Diana M
"Very many thanks for a splendid day on Saturday. The day course was just what I was looking for and I learnt a lot – happy coincidence that we both share clay soil and so it was enlightening to discover new plants which would survive it and to be reassured that some of my choices were also yours. I appreciate the amount you packed into a day’s teaching especially on such a warm day."
Jean M

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Due to numerous requests, my Explore Colour: Flower Collage online art course that launched this Autumn will be repeated in March 2019. The theme is flowers and the medium is paper collage.

Flower Collage

Flowers have been the inspiration for artists and designers across most cultures and in many mediums for millennia. This classic topic is used in so many different ways in art and surface decoration.

Flowers and botanical shapes are the perfect subjects to explore forms creatively and expand art practices. By using paper collage as material, it allows one to be brave with colour combinations and experimentations.

The course’s four main projects are built around trending colour moods and are influenced by art styles, movements and artists. The aim is to create a variety of collage artworks incorporating painting, layering and experimental art techniques.

Flowers in art and design

Flowers have been adapted in many ways and trends, and have never gone out of fashion in application as surface decoration. There are  many ways to incorporate the vast array of flower shapes - they are a fantastic resource to develop imaginary florals and suitable for individual expression of forms, marks and colour.

In my own art, flowers and botanical shapes feature in still life, landscape and floral fantasy paintings. I am a full time artist and designer with a background in textile design. My paintings are often adapted and used as surface pattern decoration for interior markets as well as accessories, in print publications, on textiles and general gift markets.

Why collage as an art course?

In my previous Explore Colour: Still Life courses I incorporated collage mini-projects in preparation for the bigger painting projects.

I saw the potential of this creative process: it is suitable to try new colour combinations, layering as well as experimenting with compositions. There is much more to discover and expand on with this freeing method of creating. This course combines a variety of painting and layering techniques, and explore alternative ways to incorporate drawings and expressive marks in collage.​

How will the course work?

Flower Collage will run from 4 March to 31 March 2019. The course materials will be available in dedicated page on this website, with a closed Facebook group as a classroom space for posting of work and obtaining feedback.

Different modules will be released over four weeks on the dedicated page. Prerecorded videos demonstrate the processes and can be viewed during the course and for six weeks after it ends. I will also be presenting four one hour live demonstrations (4 x 1 hour) over the weekends.

The course's mini-projects are there to show different processes and form the components to be used in combination for the bigger collage projects. The larger projects have been developed around specific artistic styles, techniques and colour combinations.

Who is the course aimed at?

Flower Collage is a course developed to inspire artists and designers alike. It is suitable for professional artists as well as beginners.

What materials will be used?

There is a list of materials available on this website. The direct link is here

Can I share work created on the course?

Yes. This course is intended as a portfolio builder and aims to develop skills and knowledge of materials.


Flower Collage costs £195.

Places will be limited to 100 students, course registration will close on 28 February or when all the places are filled