Intermediate botanical illustration

An excellent opportunity to develop your skills alongside a professional botanical artist.

Paintings from the Illustrations and Artefacts Collection


Monday 26 October — Friday 6 November 2020


Kew Gardens


£750 (£695 Kew members)

Deposit payable on enrolment: £150

Maximum capacity

15 places

Gain a deeper insight into the inspiring work of botanical illustrators at Kew and the methods and materials they use.

Precision is the hallmark of the best botanical illustration and a range of relevant techniques will be demonstrated and taught during this 10-day course.

During this course, accurate drawing is emphasised, as is the art of capturing the true essence and colour of a plant. Techniques include drawing in pencil, pen and ink work, and watercolour painting using wash and dry brush techniques.

Individual attention to participants will allow students to work at their own pace and skill level.

Included in the programme is a tutored visit to Kew’s remarkable collections of botanical illustration in the Herbarium and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.

While this course is designed to follow on from ‘Botanical illustration for beginners’, it can also be taken as a stand-alone course.

Please note there is no weekend tuition during this course.

About the tutor

Lucy T Smith is an award-winning freelance botanical artist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Lucy received the 2004 Jill Smythies Award for Botanical Illustration, won first prize in the Margaret Flockton Award for Scientific Illustration in 2017, and has been awarded with 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 with a contact number, or call 020 8332 5641.

Our 2020 course brochure (PDF)