Teacher Directory: Ann Swan


Always a keen gardener, Ann finally turned her attention to drawing plants in the late 1980’s. Self-taught, she works primarily in graphite and coloured pencil and is now well known for her love of fine detail, vibrant colours and strong contemporary design. She first exhibited in 1990 and has exhibited at The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in 1994 and at the Hunt Institute’s 8th International Exhibition in Pittsburgh, USA. She has been awarded four Fold medals by the Royal Horticultural Society, 3 indiviual and 1 shared. Recently retired from many years exhibiting at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Ann was a judge on the RHS Picture Panel and still regularly exhibits with the Society of Botanical Artists. Her work is represented in the prestigious Shirley Sherwood Collection and has been commissioned for ceramics by Jersey Pottery and The Southern Bulb Company of Texas. Ann is passionate about coloured pencils and teaches her techniques from her studio in Wiltshire set in a beautiful Victorian walled garden. She also travels extensively teaching around the world and runs an online teaching programme, 'Pencil Potential' and a regular newsletter, 'Pencil Points'.

Her book 'Botanical Painting with Coloured Pencils' (UK) or 'Botanical Portraits with Coloured Pencil' (US) is now published in South Korea and soon to be published in Russian. Her 'Creative Colour Mixing Workbook' a techniques notebook is now being published in a second edition and as an online workshop.


Rowde, Wiltshire England


Phone: 01380-724788 Email: ann@annswan.co.uk Website: www.annswan.co.uk


Coloured Pencil and Graphite




RHS Gardens Wisley, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Denver Botanic Gardens, Nature in Art Gloucestershire.


Own StudioTeaches Adults

Travel Range

World Wide


Ann is an inspirational and nurturing teacher, happy to share all the techniques she encompasses in her work. She is passionate about the use of coloured pencils for botanical art believing that they are easy to master, forgiving and accessible so that even a beginner can soon produce work of quality. She is happy to teach all levels and many of her students are now members of the SBA, have been awarded medals by the RHS and are themselves now teachers.