Botanical Illustration Summer School with Anita Walsmit Sachs Group 2

Date: 18th– 21st  of September 2019
Location: Atelier Irina Neacsu – Brasov, str. Poarta Schei 6, ap 1
Level: beginners and semi advanced
Details: from 10am to 5pm with a one-hour lunch break daily, to be arrange individually.
English language
All painting materials included
There are no portfolio requirements for the subscription.
Price: 260euro/ 220euro for RSBA members

The subscription will be confirmed after the payment of a non-refundable deposit of 130euro.
Subscriptions are made by email, at or you can join the course by completing the form on our contact page.

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The group has 10 available places; subscriptions are open until the 1st of August 2019.


This course aims to accommodate beginners and semi advanced with both the rules of botanical illustration, and the complex techniques of watercolour for this particular subject. Being an intensive 4 days’ course, it has the advantage of offering a good coherence between various steps of learning. The complete beginners will find the time to experience and to understand the technique. For the semi advanced, the course is a wonderful chance to correct their techniques, or to fill the gaps for specific aspects. It is an honor to welcome Anita, honorary member of RSBA, as a tutor of this course; with full groups booked usually one year in advance, and will amazing teaching qualities, she will be now holding her first course in Romania.

In this course we will talk about the rules of botanical drawing and painting: light, shape, accuracy, composition.

day 1. Drawing exercises and basic colour theory and mixing exercises.
day 2. We will start with an accurate drawing of our subject transfer it on watercolour paper and paint.
day 3 and 4 painting our subject.

In this 4 day course we will work on a general idea of botanical painting as a start.
(in later courses there will be more specific topics and exercises.)

The coaching will be as individual as possible.


Anita Walsmit Sachs-Jansen

Anita is born in 1948 Den Haag, the Netherlands, where she still lives. Until her retirement in 2013 she was head of the Art department and scientific illustrator of the National Herbarium Nederland, part of the University of Leiden, now Naturalis Biodiversity Center.

Her education started at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Den Haag, where she was trained as a fashion designer, and art teacher.
After a short carrier in the fashion business, she became a still life painter, and since 20 year a botanical artist and illustrator.
She participated in exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad, France, Belgium, Norway, the United Kingdom and the USA.

Her work is held in, many private collections including the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, and the New York State Museum, Albany USA and Royal collections.
Anita received 2 gold medals for scientific illustration from the English RHS, 2004 (Leguminosae) 2005 (Orchids from New Guinea) and a best botanical artist in show award and a silver-gilt medal (Euphorbiaceae) from BISCOT 2007.

At the SBA she was awarded with the Margareth Granger Award and a Certificate of Botanical Merit.
She was also tutor on the distant learning program of the Society of Botanical Artists in England.
In 2006 she founded the “Dutch Society of Botanical Artists”. Now containing over 200 members including supporting members and 45 artist members.

In 2007/2008 Anita organized workshops in several Dutch Museums: “Teylers” Museum in Haarlem, Stedelijk Museum “de Lakenhal” in Leiden, Museum “het Rembrandthuis” in Amsterdam and trained people in scientific illustration, in The Netherlands, Belgium, Indonesia, and USA.
In 2012 she received the Margareth Flockton Award 2e prize, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Australia.

She participated in the Highgrove Florilegium and the Transylvania Florilegium of HRH prince Charles as only Dutch artist selected out of 40 participating international artists and the Florilegium of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.
In 2016 she has received a Dutch Royal Award, Knight of the order of Orange Nassau for her work in the field of education and preservation of botanical art.

Working in watercolor, pen and ink, Anita says that nature forms her source of inspiration; she has a great love for detail and expression of texture.

Anita Walsmit Sachs-Jansen