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Intermediate botanical illustration

An excellent opportunity to develop your skills alongside a professional botanical artist. 29 October - Friday 9 November.

Event details

Monday 29 October to Friday 9 November 2018
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £750 (£695 concessions, Friends of Kew). Deposit payable on enrolment: £150 Maximum capacity: 15 places.

About the course

This 10-day course provides a unique opportunity to learn about the work of botanical illustrators at Kew and the methods and materials they use.

Precision is the hallmark of the best botanical illustration.

A range of relevant techniques are demonstrated and practised during the course. These include pen and ink work and watercolour painting using the layered wash and dry brush technique.

The emphasis throughout is on individual tuition. Participants are able to work at their own pace so the course is suitable for beginners and more experienced artists alike.

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.

Please note there is no weekend tuition during this course.


About the tutor

Lucy 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.


A section of Lucy Smith's Calamus eximus illustration

A section of Lucy Smith's Calamus eximus illustration.


How to book

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

Download the autumn/winter 2018/2019 courses brochure