Where the

Wildflowers Grow

An Online Creative Sketching & Illustration Course with Mel Chadwick

A taste of what's in store

Learn how to identify, sketch and illustrate wildflowers in this new and immersive online course that takes you from field to studio in the beautiful setting of the Lizard peninsula.

What will I learn?

On this course you’ll:

  • Discover the wildflowers growing on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall
  • Explore the different habitats they grow in and learn the names of over 100 flowers
  • Learn ways to capture wildflowers (without picking them) with a mix of mediums in a variety of styles
  • Come with me on 3 sketch walks around the Lizard Peninsula
  • Dive into colour and learn how to mix using a limited colour palette
  • Enjoy the versatility of mixed media and how to create in layers
  • Experiment, play, have fun in the process
  • Fill your sketchbooks with fresh creative spreads
  • Create a final illustrated project that displays your wildflower finds

The course includes an extensive photo reference PDF book of 130 wildflowers taken on location and a playlist of nature soundtracks to play as you draw and immerse yourself in the Cornish landscape.

Whatever level or stage you are at in your creative pursuits I know you’ll get something out of this course and make a deeper connection with nature around you.

What Materials will I need?

I've put together a list of what we'll be using, but please feel free to use what you have already. To give you an idea I'll be using a mix of watercolours, brush pens, water soluble crayons and coloured pencils. You'll find the full material list in the preview of the course.

Colour Palette

We'll paint a colour wheel and explore colour mixing to create a range of tints and tones using a limited colour palette.

Mixed Media

We'll use a mix of mediums to capture and sketch our flowers. I'll share how I layer and use watercolour, gouache, water soluable wax crayons, coloured pencils and brushpens.

Final Project

In our final project we'll create a beautiful illustrated piece that features the wildflowers we have been introduced to.

Are you ready to join me on this wildflower sketching adventure?

The course is now live and you can access all the content on enrolment.

The course is delivered in videos supplemented with written materials and a photo reference PDF guide of all the wildflowers I have found.

Once enrolled you'll be able to access all the content and be able to use it for the lifetime of the course.

Enrol on the course today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is this course?

Video content is over 5 hours and includes 3 sketch walks, real-time footage, colour mixing, medium and swatching demos and final project walk through.

How is this course taught?

Primarily through video instruction supplemented with written content, PDF docs and audio elements. There is no live component, but I will be on hand to answer any questions or reply to comments made.

How long will I have access to the course?

Once the course has started you will have full access to watch anytime for the lifetime of the course. The course will be available for as long as Melanie Chadwick is operational.

Who is this course for?

It is for artists, illustrators, creatives, anyone who has an interest in wildflowers and nature. It is suitable for beginners as well as for those who already draw but would like to progress further and are looking for inspiring ways to do this.

What is Mel’s teaching style?

Calm, encouraging, organised and clear. If you would like to see or hear more of Mel’s style before purchasing please visit her YouTube channel where you can listen to her speak and share her practice. Search for @melaniechadwick.

What materials or tools do I need?

All materials and tools will be introduced during the course. However it is not necessary to buy new in order to complete the course, far better to use what you have and then supplement when ready. See the preview lesson in the curriculum for more details.

Can I gift this course to a friend or family member?

Certainly! There is an option to check when you make the payment. Make sure you have your friend's email address to input when asked.

What is the refund policy?

Once the course starts on March 5th, I am unable to offer a refund. If you have any questions please get in touch before purchasing.

How is payment collected and can I pay in my currency?

The course is priced in GBP. If you use another currency, the amount will be converted at the checkout by Stripe. You can check the conversion rate using xe.com.

Can I share what I learn/draw on social media?

Of course! As long as you mention or credit the course in the description- Where the Wildflowers Grow Sketching and Illustration Course. Tag @melanie_chadwick on IG or have a link to the course in your blog or newsletter post. You are welcome to use and download any of the materials for your personal use. However please do not share course materials/images/videos with others and instead direct them to the link to buy the course. If in doubt please get in touch.

Where do you source your music for the course?

The course has music sourced primarily from Epidemic Sound. Wildflowers is by the band Our Atlantic Roots, and other soundtracks featured on the sketch walks are by artist Andrew Lavers.