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Inspired by Nature: Drawing For Pattern Design

With Rachael Taylor

27 May 2022 - 29 May 2022

3 day course 10am - 4pm

This three-day practical course will teach you essential techniques in illustration and pattern design that are Inspired By Nature.

This three-day practical course is taught by renowned designer and entrepreneur Rachael Taylor of ‘Rachael Taylor Designs’. You will learn essential techniques in illustration and pattern design that are Inspired By Nature, whilst also giving you valuable insights into how to succeed commercially in your career.

Throughout the course, you will be:

  • Taking the time to get to know your drawing practice
  • Learning from other creatives in a communal setting.

The drawings you create will be a foundation for personal discovery and self-expression, incorporating elements of mindfulness and art therapy through drawing techniques. Rachael will help guide you as you develop your skills, learn new ways to approach motif-making and take on a variety of new creative tasks.

Rachael is a big believer in the power of togetherness and wants to celebrate the wonderful process of nature-based drawing and the design world and to work with you to help you find your inner “YOU-nique” magical expression.

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I have definitely learnt way more about creativity and business. Rachael gave us so much knowledge. The course was well planned out and relaxing; no rushing as well as spending time getting to know people.
Lucy Date, BTC student


The whole event has been amazing. Rachael gave above and beyond what I expected and the setting added so much. The awesome contributions of Rachael, Michael and Deborah have blown me away and helped me move forwards. I am looking at what I’m doing from new perspectives. A 3 day course was so much better than just a day.
Monique Green, previous course participant

Rachael Taylor

Rachael Taylor is an established and experienced teacher, print and pattern design innovator, creative stylist and colour fanatic! She is a passionate creative and is often told that her teaching style is infectious, friendly, honest, informative and captivating. Rachael approaches her students with a sense of relatability and she has been told that her teaching and coaching is more like “talking to an old friend who just happens to have a vast amount of knowledge”.

Rachael regularly takes on commissions for various companies in the UK and overseas and she has designed prints and patterns for almost every area in the marketplace. She is also a trademarked brand with several licensed ranges worldwide.

As the Co-founder (and lead course instructor) of renowned global online design school Make it in Design, Rachael has developed an educational online platform and delivered many comprehensive online design courses along with a members’ club. She has taught over 25,000 individual students across 100 countries.

Rachael also offers a one-to-one Creative Coaching service through her studio and she has been fortunate enough to mentor a number of inspiring designers from all around the globe.

You can also find Rachael on the UK government’s Anti-Copying in Design Advisory Council, helping guide creatives on their rights and intellectual property law.

Her upcoming title Power Up Your Creativity – Ignite Your Creative Spark. Develop a Productive Practice. Set Goals and Achieve Your Dreams is now available on pre-order! Be one of the first to receive a copy here.

Follow Rachael on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest.


Rachael was so very generous with her knowledge, experience, insights and practical tips.
Karen Alexander, previous course participant


Rachael is very approachable and generous with her time and knowledge.
Christi Doucet, previous course participant

All our course days run from 10am till 4pm

We start the course with an introductory talk and tour of grounds as well a number of drawing exercises. These will be a combination of warm up drawing exercises and group drawing exercises as well as a nature-based walk and outdoor drawing exercises. There will be lots of time more drawing as well as a Q&A so that you get to know one another. You will also have time on this first day to review your work with Rachael.

The focus of day two is on flower gathering and drawing. We will start the day with a talk and presentation by Rachael on the power of drawing, colour and design. This will be followed by collecting, arranging and photographing flowers from the cut flower garden here at Clayhill. Rachael will share her nature-inspired portfolio through a presentation and you will be taking part in drawing exercises based on inspiration gathered from the gardens and the work covered on the previous day.

The final day of the course will be an opportunity to review your work as a group as well as ask any final questions. Rachael will talk you through the things you need to know about brand, product and licensing as well as exploring creative, mindful and sensory drawing through a variety drawing exercises. This will be the last day of creative tasks and drawing exercises as well as a work review and Q&A with Rachael.

We have a fantastic accommodation offer onsite, and would recommend staying here for the fully immersive Clayhill experience. All our accommodation is reserved for the students for the duration of the course and you will have a bedroom of your own. Our rooms have been converted from a series of old cattle sheds and from an old milking parlour and retain characterful features such as exposed wooden roof timbers and stone walls. Each bedroom has its own tea and coffee making facilities and outdoor seating area.

We also have an onsite laundry should you need to use these facilities during your stay with us. WIFI is available throughout the complex, heating and hot water is supplied by biomass technology, electricity by solar technology and all of the water around the site is fed by a natural spring.

Accommodation is offered at £80/night. If you would like to make your stay here more comfortable, you can also buy single additional nights before or after the course. (Please note any additional nights will not be catered, we are happy to recommend some local places to eat).

All courses at Clayhill Arts are fully catered, and our locally-sourced food is included in the price of your course ticket. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided. To read more about our food offering, follow this link. About our catering

Anyone, looking to expand their portfolio of work and gain industry/trend knowledge as well as practical skills and a sense of community.

Yes! We provide refreshments throughout the day and a home-cooked lunch which is freshly prepared in our Granary kitchen. Lunch is served around our communal dining table, maintaining social distance whilst offering you a chance to get to know everyone on the course and share in the making processes you have been developing throughout the day. Please advise us of any dietary requirements before arrival.

Yes! We can provide accommodation with this course in one of our on site bedrooms. All rooms are private and en-suite with all linen, towels and bathroom products provided. A continental breakfast is also included along with lunch, evening meals and refreshments throughout your stay with us.

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Working with Deborah and Michael was such a pleasure. They understood the project from the beginning, what the needs of the makers and our audiences would be, and acted as thoughtful ambassadors for the project when we were not able to be there. Every aspect of the exhibition and events was facilitated in such a calm and confident manner, which made my job of coordinating a group of artists so much easier! The whole event became a pivotal moment for the project, bringing people together in a way I could never have anticipated, and which has altered my thinking about the future of the project. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.


The weekend I spent at Clayhill Arts was a very welcome change of scenery to my otherwise urban setting. I felt calmed yet invigorated by the surroundings, and the accommodation was beautifully tasteful and very homely. The main space is wonderfully considered and very versatile - an ideal space for creativity and dynamic discussion. I left on the Sunday feeling energised and inspired by the experience of staying at Clayhill.


As a singer it has been one of the best spaces to sing in with generous reverberation and acoustics.  It is a space which complemented the type of instruments I was working with and the songs.


I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed being at your venue. It is a lovely and inspiring artistic space. The food was fantastic, homely yet unusual. I really enjoyed the day.


As an artist retreat, the venue at Clayhill Arts provided a warm and welcoming environment, allowing a safe and constructive space where individuals creative needs can be met. 


We were lucky enough to be able to take over the whole venue for a weekend, using the Granary as our base for experimentation, discussion and shared learning. The informality of the accommodation, and the relaxed surroundings, put everyone at ease and offered a space where cooperation and encouragement evolved naturally.


Everything was wonderful! This is a beautiful place. Thank you, we really enjoyed our stay.


Clayhill feels remote which is great but it also is close to Cannington which has everything, so supplies can be bought without travelling a great distance...I also really enjoyed that it is still a working farm, because it feels productive and there is such a lot of life around us which is very inspiring


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