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Botanical illustration for beginners

Join our entry level course to learn the basics of botanical illustration and pick up tips from a professional botanical artist. Monday 14 to Friday 18 January 2019.

Event details

Monday 14 to Friday 18 January 2019, 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £375 (£325 Concessions, Friends of Kew) Deposit payable on enrollment: £50 (maximum capacity 15 places)

Course overview

This entry-level course introduces you to the range of skills and techniques required for this highly specialised expression of the illustrator’s art.

You will learn about the materials, techniques and equipment used by botanical illustrators. Using pencil, pen and ink and watercolour in a series of small exercises, you will begin to learn how to accurately draw and paint plant material.

This course is suitable for beginners and those with different art backgrounds looking to find out more about botanical illustration.


About the tutor

Lucy T Smith is a freelance botanical artist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

She has received many awards for her work, including the 2004 Jill Smythies Award for Botanical Illustration from the Linnean Society of London. She won second prize in the Margaret Flockton Award for Scientific Illustration, at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (2005), as well as Highly Commended awards in the 2005, 2006 and 2008 competitions. She has also received two Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society.

As well as her freelance work, Lucy produces paintings for private commissions and exhibitions.


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641.

Download the autumn/winter 2018/2019 courses brochure