Upcoming: Botanical Art Escape with Mary Dillon

Skiathos, Greece. September 2022

Week 1 – September 10 – 17, 2022  – ‘Wild and garden Mediterranean flowers’

Week 2 – September 17 – 24, 2022 – ‘ Fruit from a Mediterranean garden.

Would you like to take a break, to slow down, to escape the stresses of the past months, to feast your senses, enhance your painting skills and master new ones, to rest and nourish your body, your mind and your soul? 

Join me on the beautiful Greek island of Skiathos in September 2022 for a botanical art escape.

During your time every effort will be made to ensure that you sleep well, eat well, rest, paint and explore. 



Arrival Day

19.00    Welcome drinks reception

20.30.  Supper will be available throughout the evening to facilitate those arriving on the evening Aegean airlines flight from Athens. 


8.00     Breakfast on the terrace

9.00     Studio introduction followed by a field trip to discover the local flora.

13.00   Lunch

14.00   Free time to explore, go to the beach, work in the studio.

18.30.  Aperitifs

20.00.  Dinner

Monday/ Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday 

8.00       Breakfast

9.00       Studio

12.30     Lunch

13.30.    Studio

15.00     Free time for rest, beach, town, walking, continuing in studio.

18.30     Aperitifs

20.00     Dinner


8.00      Breakfast on the terrace

10.00    Depart for those staying for one week

For those staying for two weeks there will be a choice of optional workshops on Saturday and Sunday.

Cost for each week.

€1,950 – one person using double or twin room.


  • accommodation 7 nights,
  • 7 x breakfast, 
  • 6 x lunch, 
  • 7 x dinner 
  • 25 hrs. botanical art tuition 
  • Use of studio
  • Transfers to and from the airport or port.
  • Transfers to and from Skiathos town on the two evenings when we will have dinner in town.

To book:

  1. Please contact me to check for available places. 

Past – October 29 – November 1, 2021, Barcelona, Spain

Bountiful- Botanical Art Workshop

I am very happy to announce details of my upcoming in person workshop to be held in Barcelona at the end of October. 

Join me in our spacious studio in the art and design district of El Poblenou, Barcelona to paint the warm rich colours of the flowers and fruit of a bountiful autumn.

Course Outline

We will spend from 9 am to 3.30 pm each day learning, practicing and applying the skills required to make a botanical watercolour painting. 

  • Observational, measured drawing and composition to bring movement and life to your painting.

  • Exploring the nuances of colour

  • Watercolour painting with wet and dry and everything in between painting techniques

  • Reflect on the personal process of your painting, to further enrich your learning experience.

By the time you leave you will have enhanced your skills and will have new confidence in moving your botanical painting to new levels of competence. 

Laura Alonso is the person to contact at our base in Barcelona. She will be happy to fill you in with all the details required to register. 

Laura Alonso:

Following registration Laura will send you a simple list of required materials. Before the workshop, Laura will send you detailed workshop notes available in English and in Spanish along with other supporting documents to help you prepare for your visit to Barcelona. 

Past – September 12- 18, 2021, Evia, Greece

Flowers and fruit from a Mediterranean Garden.

Enquiries: Mary Dillon –

Online Workshops

Workshop 1.     Wild and Garden Blooms.    June 2, 3, 2021.                                     

Workshop 2.   A Summer Garden.      June 24, 25, 2021

Demonstrations will include:

  • observational drawing

  • colour mixing and matching, 

  • capturing light and shade, 

  • layering of colours, 

  • painting fine detail

  • finishing with a WOW! 

To make the experience as stress free as possible, I will provide an image and a line drawing of a simple flower or plant subject for anyone who wishes to use it. For those who choose to draw their own subject, I’ll suggest a simple subject, – wild poppy / petunia. Students will have time to do some observational drawing in the class. 

The workshops will happen over two days – 5 hours per day. 

Workshop 1. 

June 2, 3, 2021 

1 pm  – 6 pm, GMT, ( 9 am – 2 pm, EST, and 6 am – 11 am PDT)

Cost €140

To Register: Please email me:

Workshop 2.

June 24, 25, 2021 

3 pm  – 8 pm, GMT, ( 11 am – 4 pm, EST, and 8 am – 1 pm PDT)

Cost €140

To Register: Please email me:

The following will be included:

  • Course outline with objectives

  • Course notes

  • Materials list

  • Colour list and image for palette layout

  • Image and line drawing of plant

  • Template for watercolour layering

  • Slideshow presentations

  • Video demonstrations

  • Live demonstrations

  • Feedback will be available throughout by email.

Mary Dillon

Instagram: @marydillonartist

I’m happy to discuss with you any individual or group workshop requirements.

Workshops can be based in Ireland or anywhere in the world. I’m happy to travel to where you are to share the joy of botanical art through reflective art practice.

As an art educator with many years experience, teaching botanical art brings together my three passions of painting, plants and working with people.


Further Updates for Workshops in 2021 will follow.


For personalised individual or group workshops please contact me by email.