Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.30AM to 4.30PM & Bank Holidays

Botanical Art Class

Sheryl welcomes you to classes at Gilbert White’s house , where you can learn to paint in beautiful botanical style or improve your technique if you already have experience of painting.

We shall be choosing seasonal plants from the garden at Gilbert White using either the live specimen or using a photograph if so wished. At this time of year there  should be many flowering plants to choose from including fruit blossoms, tulips , peonies and sweet peas( to name but a few).

The day starts at 10 am and run untill 5pm. At 12.30pm  there is an hour break for lunch which can be taken at the new cafe and a stroll around the beautiful surroundings for inspiration. 

Sheryl Pape is a Botanical Artist. She studied at Swansea Art College and specialised in Botanical Art with the Society of Botanical Artists UK.  Her work has been exhibited at Westminster SBA annual exhibition and RHS Botanical Art Show. She is currently working on commissions for’ De Jager’ Bulbs Magazine and has been invited to the Artworkers Guild Bloomsbury to showcase and demonstrate her work. She runs weekly  Botanical Art Classes at the Wickham Institute, Binsted, Hants and also works on projects with the local school (Binsted Primary School).


12 available
Botanical Art Class£80.00Admits One

Gilbert Whites House

Gilbert White was aged 7 or 8 when the White family moved from the Vicarage on Selborne’s Plestor, to this house, called ‘The Wakes’ (named after the Wake family who had lived here previously). At that time the property would have been no more than a ‘two up, two down’  but over the subsequent years lots of extensions and additions have been made, creating the long sizeable house you see today.

The rooms have been restored following descriptions in White’s own correspondence and include a chair he used at Oriel College, Oxford (loaned from the College), items of contemporary furniture, family portraits and bed hangings embroidered for him by his aunts.

On display is the original manuscript of his book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, which was purchased with generous help from English Heritage and others.

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