Sussex Prairie Garden is now closed until Saturday 1st June 2024. Our normal opening hours from 1st June will be Wednesday to Sunday 1pm until 5pm , closed Mondays and Tuesdays . On Sunday 2nd June we shall be holding our Early Summer Plant fair (30 exhibitors plus !) opening time 12 noon until 5pm - lots of plant nurseries , refreshments and music !

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Events & Courses

Expressive Drawing Skills with Emma Taylor


Thursday 27th September 2018 | 10:00am - 2:00pm

Expressive Drawing Skills with Emma Taylor

Emma Taylor


Dates: Thursday 27th September 2018


Times: 10am-2pm


Course outline:


Expressive Drawing Skills


We will be creating organic drawing tools from garden detritus and foliage using binding tapes and twines. We will forage the Prairie Gardens for unusual organic materials for interesting markmaking to create drawing tools on varied scales. From large sticks and branches to tiny flower heads and seed heads. Taping, binding and weaving. We will focus on textures and structures of the plant forms.

The tools made will be used to draw spontaneously with inks and paints. We will create marks responding to calm, tranquil sounds as well as more energetic music. Expressive markmaking with gestural qualities will be encouraged to work on large paper pieces.

We will then produce individual drawings in graphite sticks/charcoal. Participants will be asked to think about their walk around the garden and journey they made. They will then be verbally guided though their walk whilst making marks on their paper. Calm, mediative and reflective.


Final drawing tools created will become artworks in themselves and you will have numerous drawings in varied scales and styles.


This workshop will allow you to unleash your creativity without the fear of failure!


Costs: £55 per workshop


All materials will be included in the price.


For more details and to secure a place on this workshop please contact   or 07540191437



About Emma Taylor


She studied Fine Art in Cardiff at the University of Wales in the early 90’s with one foot in the painting studios but gravitating to the warmth of the printmaking studios. Her work embodies the two disciplines with collagraphs produced with paint, card and carborundum and cut into integrate intaglio and relief printmaking.
Emma has worked as an Art teacher for many years with a focus on GCSE and A Level in a highly successful Art department in Sussex and held the position of Head Of Art for five years before leaving to focus on her family and printmaking.
Her wealth of experience and expertise in education has inspired countless students and they, in turn, have opened her eyes to the joys of returning to her own creativity.

She has exhibited in several Open Houses and local galleries and is a member of Sussex Arts Collective. This is her third teaching season at Sussex Prairie Gardens!




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    1. Sussex Prairie Garden
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      Fraser BishopFraser Bishop
      10:50 11 Jul 22
      Wonderful garden well worth a visit. Great variety of plants showing so many ways of portraying a garden layout. Must comment on the great tea and cakes selection, our dog loved the doggy ice cream!
      Joan DaniellJoan Daniell
      15:13 06 Jul 22
      Beautifully planted area, in which you are encouraged to walk along paths between the plants so can be completely surrounded by foliage - a lovely effect.
      Peter WardPeter Ward
      08:40 28 Jun 22
      Beautiful garden, very relaxing, and bigger than you might think. Cafe is nice too
      Mike CleggMike Clegg
      16:07 08 Jun 22
      Tea room not brilliant nice cake but coffee in paper cup. No other options other then tea coffee and cake. Opening times short 1 to 5 but gardens beautiful