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Transylvania Masterclass 1-7 Sept 2020

In the beautiful Saxon village of Copșa Mare

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Masterclass in Transylvania

Only 5 students.

1600 EUR
6 nights of accommodation
All food and wine (lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, local cheese and some delicious locally produced pork, with a selection of good wines from Romania and Hungary)
Airport transfers from Sibiu airport (on specified dates)
Tuition will focus around painting local plums
Intermediate and above.


1st September 2020 - To Sibiu Airport – transfer to Copșa Mare

2nd – 6th September -  Botanical illustration master classes

7th September – depart Sibiu Airport
NOT INCLUDED Flights. Travel/Medical Insurance. Personal expenses. Art materials (a list will be provided)

Travel & Transfers Info

Arrivals from the UK

Low-cost carrier Wizz Air flies once daily direct from London Luton (LTN) to Sibiu (SBZ)

Arrivals from the USA or other long-haul destinations
If you wish to travel on a national carrier, we suggest you fly via Vienna or Munich on Austrian Airlines or Lufthansa. Both have good connections to Sibiu.

The Transylvania connection

Several years ago I was honoured to be in the first group of eight botanical artists selected to start work on the Transylvania Florilegium. Botanist Dr John Akeroyd, the authority on flora in Transylvania, accompanied us.

During this unforgettable two week visit we recorded the flora of the steppic meadows surrounding the properties owned by HRH The Prince of Wales. Total immersion in one of the last lowland wildflower meadow areas of Europe.

I am delighted to be returning to Transylvania, this time to the Saxon village of Copșa Mare. At the invitation of James de Candole I shall teach a masterclass on local stone fruit. I have a passion for painting plums! The common local name for the plums here is Bistrita Plum or the ‘thin plum’, because it is long, not round.

Rachel & James de Candole are a founding subscriber to the Transylvania Florilegium, with over 100 illustrations of local plants drawn by 35 artists, each presented with John Akeroyd's text giving scientific details. The books will be available for study during our stay.


Our base shall be the faithfully restored home of the de Candole family, a former townhall built in the 1890s. As well as bedrooms in the house itself there will be an opportunity to stay in the ‘BEE’

BEE started life as a mobile home for 70 bee hives. Now it provides simple, elegant accommodation for two people. The bedroom is equipped with two full size single beds, linen sheets, feather pillows and duvets and handmade sheep wool blankets. White wood panelling and good insulation throughout makes it bright, spacious and cool in the hot weather. BEE has its own bathroom with shower, basin and lavatory. BEE lives beside the house in a shady spot which catches the morning and evening sun.

Imagine a barge or a shepherd's hut but wider and with more headroom.

The Studio

Classes shall take place in the POD art space filled with northern light.

Each student will have their own desk and painting slope. Classes will focus on creating study sheets of seasonal fruits. We shall explore this unspoilt landscape together and in the company of a local guide, learning about the plants and finding samples on which to work.

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