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Kew Certificate in Botanical Illustration

Gain in-depth knowledge of all aspects of botanical illustration on this modular course leading to the Kew Certificate. The 2018/19 programme begins in September 2018.

Event details

Course starts on Monday 10 September 2018
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Certificate fee: £3,000 (£2,800 concessions, Friends of Kew). Deposit payable on enrolment: £500. Maximum capacity: 6 places.

About the course

A variety of short courses in the study and practice of botanical illustration have been successfully established at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew over the last 20 years.

We are now proud to include the addition of an annual programme of study, leading to the Kew Certificate in Botanical Illustration. 

The certificate programme will give you a deep and comprehensive knowledge of all aspects needed for botanical illustration, botanical art, sketching and observing nature closely. You will also benefit from the unique and historic surroundings and collections at Kew.

The course comprises of two elements: course modules taught by professional botanical illustrators and self study coursework.

The programme of study leads to the Kew Certificate of Botanical Art. The next course begins in September 2018.

To receive details of the September 2018 – July 2019 Certificate programme & the full prospectus please contact us. 


Course modules

  • Botanical Illustration for Beginners – 5 days  
  • Intermediate Botanical Illustration – 10 days 
  • Creating a Botanical Sketchbook – 3 days 
  • Botany for Botanical Illustrators – 2 days

Self study coursework

  • A written critique of 6 pictures
  • A detailed colour chart
  • A portfolio including colour and pen and ink work
  • A botanical sketchbook for the year

How to book