Watercolour workshop: painting on vellum

Try a different approach to watercolour by painting on vellum, a traditional material that has been used for centuries.

Ann Schweizer Pomegranates Punica granatum Watercolour on paper

Date and time

1 to 3 October 2019


Kew Gardens


£255 (£225 Concessions/ Kew Gardens Members)

Maximum capacity

15 places

About the course 

Painting on vellum requires different painting methods to working on paper, but is very rewarding, as colours have a brighter quality to them.

We will use watercolours, preferably Winsor and Newton, otherwise artist/professional quality paints (see materials list for recommendations). We will study fruits to paint, giving you the opportunity hone in on the different methods and effects achieved with vellum. 

All abilities welcome. Individual help will be given as well as general teaching of the whole group. 

About the tutor 

Penny Price is a botanical artist, having initially trained as a teacher and then as a professional lettering artist. Having painted all her life she decided to become more specialised in the art of botanical painting, and trained for the Diploma in Botanical Art and Illustration (EGS) gaining a Distinction in 2013 at Chelsea. She was awarded a Silver Gilt medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2014.

She presently teaches part-time at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art and runs courses in Cambridge University Botanic Garden. She is an artist member of three Florilegium Societies, including one in Sydney, Australia, where she has also exhibited her work. Her mission is to help others enjoy the art of botanical painting and develop their skills.

How to book 

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

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