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.

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Date and time

Monday 7 to Friday 11 September 2020

10.30am — 4pm


Kew Gardens


£400 (£350 Kew members)

Deposit payable on enrolment: £50

Maximum capacity

15 places

About the course 

Ever wanted to try botanical illustration, but didn’t know where to start?

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 with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641. 

Download our 2019/2020 course brochure (PDF)