Painting a Paradise Garden with gouache

with Suzy Fasht ARWS


Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 July
10 am - 3 pm
Art Studio, on the second floor

This workshop is now full, please contact Suzy to go on the waiting list


Cost: £70

Maximum 10 people
suitable for all levels of ability


You will be guided through the stages of making a gouache painting of your own paradise garden. Using motifs from Persian, Mughal and contemporary garden paintings. Please bring your own gouache paint, brushes and palette. Coloured card to paint on will be provided.

We will cover:
Colour mixing, paint application, composition. You will be supported and guided through each stage of the garden painting.

Suzy is an experienced adult education tutor, having worked for Devon County’s adult learning programme for the last six years. She is also a practising artist, specialising in watercolour, gouache and oils.

“For the ancient Persians the symbol of eternal life was a tree with a stream at its roots. The sacred miracle tree contained the seeds of all within itself. Tree planting was a sacred occupation and this reverence was deeply seated in the souls of the Persians. Historical accounts tell us about gardens named Paradise filled with all things fair and good that the earth can bring forth. The Persian Paradise garden gets its name from the old Persian word pairadaeza, meaning an enclosed area. The Achaemenid idea of an earthly paradise eventually infiltrated other cultures and was later translated into Latin as hortus conclusus, the enclosed garden, which came to symbolize the Garden of Eden.
Subsequently the English word paradise has its roots in the old Persian word pairadaeza. The lavish use of flowers in such gardens inspired the weaving of floral designs into what are known as garden-carpets. Persian gardens influenced garden design around the world and became the foundation of Islamic and later European garden traditions, an example of which can be seen in the Mughal gardens of India namely the Taj Mahal in Agra.“

Looking to enrol or have any questions? Email suzy via the contact page on her website at