Botanical sketchbook study: Intermediate

Deepen your skills as a botanical artist with this three-day course

A sketch of a Gustavia plant by Lucy Smith


15 to 17 April 2024


10.30am to 4pm 


Botanical Brasserie Restaurant Courtyard


£355 for Kew members

£365 for non-members

Do you already know the fundamental of botanical sketching but want to improve your skills? This is the course for you. 

Over three days, botanical artist Lucy Smith will teach you how to explore plant material in detail. 

Using a range of media, you will learn to record a wealth of information from life through detailed sketchbook-style study.  

We will look at capturing plant growth habits and form, enlarging some details while reducing others, and making colour studies and notes.  

You will be encouraged to work outdoors (weather permitting) or in Kew’s glasshouses, as well as in the classroom. 

We’ll also offer an introduction to flower dissection, and microscopes will be available for those wishing to look even deeper into the smallest structures of their plants. 

This intermediate class is suitable for those with some experience.

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About the tutor

Lucy T Smith is a freelance botanical artist who has been based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for twenty-four years.

She has received international recognition and awards for her work, including the Jill Smythies Award for Botanical Illustration from the Linnean Society of London and two gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society. Her scientific illustration work has been recognised by her receipt of First Prize in the Margaret Flockton Award for Scientific Illustration, from the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. 

Represented in the Shirley Sherwood collection.

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