Intermediate botanical illustration

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

Paintings from the Illustrations and Artefacts Collection



Monday 15 February — Friday 26 February 2021


Kew Gardens


£750 (£695 Kew members)

Deposit payable on enrolment: £150

Maximum capacity

8 places

Unfortunately this event has been postponed in line with government guidance.

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.

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.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) notice

You can book with confidence for our courses at Kew Gardens. Come along knowing that the safety and wellbeing of our visitors is of the upmost importance to us. We are continually monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic situation as it evolves.  

Current plans in place for the comfort and reassurance of our visitors include: 

  • Limited capacity to ensure social distancing
  • No shared equipment
  • Additional cleaning of the venue
  • Sanitising stations are available

We will continue to review the situation and communicate any further updates with participants.

If you’d like further information please contact Adult Education: