A section of an illustration of Stanhopea wardii. Original drawing by S.A. Drake for Plate XX in John Lindley's Sertum Orchidaceum.
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Creating a botanical sketchbook

Learn how to keep a botanical sketchbook, an invaluable tool to record your plant drawings and field notes, colour studies, and written notes. 1 to 3 May, or 22 to 24 May.

Event details

Choose either 1 to 3 May, or 22 to 24 May 2018, 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £210 (£180 concessions, Friends of Kew). Maximum capacity: 15 places.

About the course

This three-day course will teach you how to keep a botanical sketchbook. A well-kept botanical sketchbook is an invaluable tool to record your plant drawings, field notes, colour studies, and written notes.

During class you will practise drawing and sketching from life, both indoors and outdoors, and learn how to capture multiple levels of information to help inform your botanical artwork, all while being inspired by the Gardens at Kew.


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

Email adulted@kew.org with a contact number, or call 020 8332 5641

Download the autumn/winter 2017/2018 short courses brochure