Botanical watercolour: Intermediate

Develop your skills in botanical watercolour with artist Lucy Smith.

Close up of artist painting a tree on paper

Dates and time

13 – 15 February 2024

10.30am – 4pm


Botanical Brasserie Restaurant Courtyard



£355 for Kew members

In this new three-day course, botanical artist Lucy Smith will teach you expert watercolour techniques.

For those with some prior knowledge of basic botanical watercolour techniques, we will once again explore watercolour mixing and colour matching, seeing tones and understanding colour saturation, and the use of watercolour application techniques such as dry-brush and lifting. Techniques will be demonstrated and practised in class by working from living plant material including leaves, flowers and fruits.

We will also visit the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art to study the broad range of watercolour techniques and approaches on display.  Working on plant material in class, students will have time to work on building up layers and detail to a finished standard. 

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About the tutor

Lucy T Smith is a freelance botanical artist who has been based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for twenty-four years.

She has received international recognition and awards for her work, including the Jill Smythies Award for Botanical Illustration from the Linnean Society of London and two gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society. Her scientific illustration work has been recognised by her receipt of First Prize in the Margaret Flockton Award for Scientific Illustration, from the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. 

Represented in the Shirley Sherwood collection.

As well as freelance work, Lucy produces illustrations and paintings for private commissions and exhibitions.