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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. 15 to 19 January.

Event details

Monday 15 to Friday 19 January 2018
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £350 (£300 Concessions, Friends of Kew). Deposit payable on enrolment: £50. Maximum capacity: 15 places.

Course overview

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 area of illustration. As well as learning about the equipment and materials needed, you will also be able to pick up important tips and technical advice from a professional botanical artist, including measured drawing and how to capture the essence of a plant.


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.