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Intermediate botanical illustration

A 10-day course providing an opportunity to work with Kew's botanical illustrators. 30 October - 10 November.

Event details

Monday 30 October to Friday 10 November 2017
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £750 (£695 concessions, Friends of Kew), deposit (£150) payable on enrolment. Maximum capacity 15 places.

Event overview

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 and a range of relevant techniques, for example pen and ink work and watercolour painting using the layered wash and dry brush technique, are demonstrated and practised during the course.

The emphasis throughout is on individual tuition and, with participants able to work at their own pace, 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.


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.


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

Download the Spring/Summer adult short course brochure