Botanical pen and ink: Intermediate

Join our intermediate course to learn pen and ink drawing techniques from a professional botanical artist.

A pen and ink drawing of Vachellia anegadensis

Date and time

Monday 7 February — Wednesday 9 February 2022

10.30am — 4pm


Museum No. 1 (opposite Palm House and Pond), Kew Gardens

Nearest gate: Elizabeth Gate

Maximum capacity




£315 for Kew members

Price includes entry to the Gardens

Do you already know the basics of botanical pen and ink but want to improve your skills? Then this is the class for you.

During the three-day course, we will draw a complex subject in pencil, before rendering it in pen and ink using line and a choice of tonal rendering techniques.

Flower dissection and the enlargement of details will be introduced.

We will also study the work of Kew’s botanical illustrators with a tour of the Herbarium, and selected works from the Library, Art and Archives Collection of botanical artwork from the past 250 years.

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.

Important information

  • This intermediate class is suitable for those with some experience
  • You will need to bring the materials from the drawing materials list and pen and ink materials list
  • Small amounts of cartridge paper, pen and ink paper, and tracing paper will be supplied in class
  • Lunch is not provided on the course but there are a variety of eating places in the Gardens. Alternatively, you may wish to bring a packed lunch and drink
  • Free tea and coffee will be available all day in the classroom
  • Read our terms and conditions