Drawing Urban Nature (5 Day)


Every year I invite a small group of students for a tutored workshop in my studio. A bright, calm space in North London filled with natural light and all my materials.

Encrusted tins of household paint. Drops of ink. Weathered brushes. Assorted lengths of pencil colours. A licence to dip in and play, explore unregulated ways of drawing.

Illustrating aspects of the natural world that excite and ignite you (and if you’re not sure what they are, that will be open to discovery). Making marks, creating tools, building images, exploring colour, drawing from life, intuitive and abstract image-making – processes from my own creative practice. We will work with watercolour, ink, printmaking, experimental drawing and mixed media – along with other approaches that emerge along the way.

Reigniting a playful approach to begin with techniques designed to dissolve self-imposed barriers, we’ll then take sketchbooks out on location for a day, returning to the studio spilling over with inspiration and wild drawings. These will inform the development of expressive illustrations over the remaining days.

By the end of the week, you’ll have taken your creative practice to another level. You’ll be fired up to propel you forwards to continue your own personal or professional work. You’ll leave with arm-fulls of exciting images, whether in sketchbooks or on many sheets of paper and you’ll have worked up a series of concepts into final artworks.

An opportunity to fully immerse yourself creatively, with a balance of directive teaching and the freedom to explore on your own terms.


Five uninterrupted days of Laura’s very generous and inspiring encouragement and guidance for creating through exploration and play, while also having a lot fun alongside five other wonderful artists. I’ve been letting the effects settle in and have come away with a can’t-quite-describe-it sense of both freedom and focus, thanks so much Laura. I’m more than happy to sing your praises after such an exceptional experience, the workshop exceeded expectations and my expectations were high!

– Lindsey, North Wales

Cost: £895.00

Includes: Lunch, refreshments and materials*
*We will be going out to draw on location within London for one day – public transport costs and lunch/refreshments on this day not included.

Group size: Max. 6 students

Location: N13, North London, UK


15-19 April, 10am-4pm – SOLD OUT

20-24 May 2024, 10am-4pm – SOLD OUT

8-12 July, 10am-4pm – SOLD OUT

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL 2024 WORKSHOPS HAVE NOW SOLD OUT. Please sign up to my mailing list (below) for information about future dates or check out my one-to-one Studio Workshops as an alternative option.

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