Dutch Master-Class

Dutch Masters & Floral Design

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Date: Postponed Until Further Notice

Time: 10 am- 5pm approx.

Location: Near Pulborough, West Sussex. About an hour from London, in the South Downs National Park.

Join Art Historian, and Artist Rose Davey and grower, and designer Milli Proust on a full-day workshop on Saturday, 25th of April. We’ll be exploring the interaction between art and nature, starting with a class on the Dutch Masters. At peak Tulip time, when the garden is bursting with Spring, join us on for a day of informal lectures, practical workshops, food, wine, and spring flowers. You’ll learn about the Dutch Masters, composition and colour, and how to incorporate these elements into your floral design. We’ll enjoy a delicious, organic lunch, before spending the afternoon weaving what we’ve learnt into our very own Dutch-inspired masterpieces.


10 am Welcome- hello’s and refreshments

10.20 am – 11 pm Lecture from Rose Davey on The Dutch Masters

11 – 11.15 am Discourse, questions and refreshments

11.15 am-12 pm Colour and composition workshop

12 – 12.30 pm A walk around the garden to pick our tulips and extra special flourishes

12.30 – 1.30 pm A delicious locally sourced lunch accompanied by wine

1.30 – 2 pm Design demo with Milli

2.30 – 4 pm Create your very own Dutch Master vase arrangement. Rose and Milli will be on hand for any questions and guidance

4 – 4.45 Have your vase professionally photographed for use in your portfolio

5 pm Say our goodbyes

Space is limited to just 6 people.

Price per person is £285 for the whole day workshop.

The price includes all the flowers, tools, and any materials we’ll need, lunch, wine, and all-day refreshments. We’ll also give you a glass vessel to take your flowers home with you. Your professional quality photo of your work will be edited and sent to you after the class for you to add to your portfolio.

Location: We’ll welcome you into Milli’s home and garden in West Sussex. Please note – The nearest train station is Pulborough, West Sussex. It’s roughly a 15 minute drive from the station, and we kindly ask that you do not disclose the actual location of the property on social media or any other platform. When your class place is confirmed we will send you directions on how to join us.

Rose Davey is an artist and art historian living and working in London. Rose graduated from the MFA Painting course at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in 2010, after completing joint honours in Fine Art and Art History at The University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art in 2007. Rose has delivered annual Art History lectures to Slade Graduate Painting students since 2011, which have focussed on artists that include Jan van Eyck, Carlo Crivelli, Goya and most recently Artemisia Gentileschi. Rose was appointed Honorary Research Associate in Slade Graduate Painting from 2016 -2017, during which time she produced the publication Identifying the Artist’s Subject Matter in Fifteenth Century European Painting / A Guide to Six Paintings in The National Gallery, London. Rose has also taught at the Slade Summer school for several years, and in 2019 co-conceived a pioneering short course called Progressing Painting, which is set to return this year. As an artist Rose has shown extensively in London at venues that include the Royal Academy of Arts, Roaming ROOM, Beardsmore Gallery and The Institute of Physics. She has also exhibited in various international groups shows that include venues in Singapore, Budapest, Nassau, and Galway.  Rose will be exhibiting new work with Cooke Latham Gallery in London, May 2020. 



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