Botanical illustration in Mălâncrav

About the event

26-27 Aug 2017

Botanical illustration workshop, in watercolour and oil painting

26-27th of August – Apafi Manor – Mălâncrav, Sibiu county

23-24th of September – Apafi Manor – Mălâncrav, Sibiu county

The Weekend Workshops in Transylvania are a creative invitation into the heart of Transylvania, on an exceptional location, where we will rediscover tranquillity, and the simplicity and beauty of the scenery, we will recognise and admire the seasonal flora, and will exercise botanical illustration in various techniques, as a unique path for relaxation and connection with nature. The creative workshops will be completed by delicious meals, cooked by the locals, as well as by a serene and refined ambiance. By choice, touristic activities are available, to discover the area.

Saturday 11am – Sunday 1pm

Price 280euro/1260ron – book by e-mail at


  • 1 night accommodation in twin or double room
  • Saturday lunch
  • Saturday dinner
  • Sunday breakfast
  • Tools and materials for the workshops

*on request, Friday dinner and accommodation, as well as Sunday lunch, can be added

Lecturer: Irina Neacsu – architect, artist in botanical illustration and applied art (

Group: 9 students

This workshop is dedicated to beginners and intermediate in pencil, watercolour and oil painting.


Our workshop teaches botanical illustration from general to detail, and from the naturalist drawing and watercolour, towards stylisation and transfer to oil painting. Saturday is dedicated to pencils and watercolour, as techniques of realistic depiction, therefore an exercise of observation, and discovery of the absolute geometry of plants, while identifying details and miniature textures. At the end of the day, each student will frame his/her favourite painting, achieved during the two sessions of painting. Sunday we learn how to stylize the drawing and how to paint in oil, focusing on a more abstract representation, further away from the original model, and enriched with the unique emotion of its creator. 

Location: Apafi Manor


9am-10.30am – check in

11am-1.30pm – introduction, first painting session, learning how to use watercolour

1.30-2.30pm – lunch break

2.30-5pm – watercolour workshop

5-7.30pm – free time for relaxation and various activities to be discussed in relation with weather.

7.30pm – dinner


9am – breakfast

10am-1pm – oil painting workshop

1.30pm – check out/ lunch (*by choice, as addition to the main package)

Botanical illustration in Mălâncrav