Dates & Prices


Dates: 2nd – 5th July 2021

Price: £975 Places available!

Single Room Supplement: £150

Deposit: £150 per person

Price Includes: Two day art workshop, all meals, accommodation, services of the guides

Not Included: Flights, travel insurance, drinks & any other personal items

Leaders: Cath Hodsman & Alice Hunter

Group Size: Minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15 guests plus 2 leaders.

Grade: Indoors for art workshop plus optional easy paced local walks

Conservation Donation: 10% of profits donated to Butterly Conservation

Holiday Highlights

  • A chance to learn how to paint butterflies with entomological artist Cath Hodsman
  • Two day workshop based in the lovely Cotswolds – why not extend your stay & explore more of the area?
  • Guaranteed to be fun, informal, and fascinating!
  • Afternoon visit on Friday to a local nature reserve to see butterflies in their natural habitat – target species the Large Blue!
  • Second optional guided walk to a local nature reserve on Monday morning
  • Tuition & guidance set to suit beginners level 

An exciting & unique watercolour painting workshop in the beautiful Cotswolds with renowned entomological artist Cath Hodsman!


We’re very excited to launch this new & unique art workshop in the beautiful Cotswolds with renowned entomological artist Cath Hodsman!

All animals use colour – to help locate a mate, escape predation and to communicate – Insects are no exception. They use colour in an incredible range of breathtaking manifestations, patterns and hues to help make them the largest and most successful group of animals on Earth.

Within this success story, butterflies are arguably the best example of how colour can be used with astonishing results. In this unique entomological/watercolour painting weekend, Cath Hodsman will take participants into the vibrant and fascinating world of butterfly colour and pattern. Students will study how colour is manifested in these ethereal insects in order to understand more about their magic and allure.

During the workshop, each participant will make use of Cath’s microscopes, ethical specimens, macro photos, wide range of reference books, as well as her expert artistic guidance to produce a unique, bright and beautiful watercolour painting of an iconic vibrant butterfly.

All Cath’s workshops are fun, informal and fascinating and are set at a comfortable beginner’s level.

Cath is based in the picturesque Cotswolds, and with some superb nature reserves on her doorstep which are home to the rare and beautiful Large Blue butterflies among other things, we will endeavour to make the most of our location. Weather permitting, we’ll begin our weekend by venturing out for the afternoon on Friday to gain some inspiration, after which we’ll take cream tea in a nearby pub.

The Saturday and Sunday will be fully devoted to our butterfly based art workshop and on Monday morning guests will be able to join Alice for another walk at a local nature reserve should they wish before departing. The local conditions and outcome of Friday’s outing will largely influence our choice of location for this last venture!

Please note: Participants will need to bring their own art materials, namely watercolour paints, smallest brushes, a selection of pencils, watercolour paper and table-top easels or boards. A more concise list will be sent out after booking.


Please note: The outdoors walks are subject to changes in terms of running order or content, depending on local weather and other factors. We will use our experience and local knowledge to maximise the potential for wildlife you might see.

Day 1: Arrival by lunchtime at hotel. Afternoon out in the field at a local nature reserve, followed by a delicious cream tea at a nearby country pub!

Day 2: Art workshop with Cath, part 1.

Day 3: Art workshop with Cath, part 2.

Day 4: Departure after breakfast or optional morning walk at a local nature reserve.

Holiday Guide

Cath Hodsman is a Cotswolds-based entomological artist, illustrator and teacher.  In order to pay homage to the hidden beauty and importance of insects, she aims for 100% anatomical accuracy in every artistic study she produces. Through her scientific approach to her work, she has been made an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology  She is also well-known for her ever-popular and unique insect painting and sketching courses, in which she uses microscopes, specimens and magnifying glasses to take students on a magical and fun journey of discovery, into the unseen and fascinating world of insects. Cath has taught at many esteemed venues including The Natural History Museum, London; The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace and The Royal West of England Academy.

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