Intermediate botanical illustration

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

Paintings from the Illustrations and Artefacts Collection

Date and time

FULLY BOOKED - waiting list only 

Monday 28 October — Friday 8 November 2019 or Monday 24 February — Friday 6 March 2020

10.30am — 4pm


Kew Gardens


£750 (£695 concessions, Kew Gardens Members)

Deposit payable on enrolment: £150

Maximum capacity

15 places

About the course 

This 10-day course provides an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the 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. 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.


How to book 

Email with a contact number, or call 020 8332 5641.