Botanical illustration - All levels


Course details

Botanical illustration - All
EV1010 Friday
13.09.19 18 £204/£91 Gearies
Botanical illustration - All
EV1011 Friday
13.09.19 18 £204/£91 Gearies


What is this course about?

Learn how to observe, draw and paint the complex structures of plants flowers, leaves, fruits and vegetables. You will learn to develop your watercolour techniques, observational drawing and colour mixing skills. This course will encourage you to experiment with watercolour to achieve freshness and life in your painting and is suitable for beginners and improvers.

What are the entry requirements?

Botanical illustration is a precise and detailed discipline. Therefore it is important to have excellent eyesight, good eye to hand coordination, and observational skills. Basic drawing skills and some experience of using watercolour is preferable but not essential.

What will I learn?

This is a structured course. Learners will be looking at plants and flowers in detail, and painting them using the wet into wet method to achieve freshness and life. You will also be looking at accurate drawing methods and close observation of the flowers and plants. You will learn;

  • About buying and using the best equipment for the course.
  • Techniques to make accurate botanical studies in pencil, pen and ink.
  • Colour mixing theory
  • Wet into wet technique, as well as other watercolour techniques.
  • Composition

How will the course be delivered and how will I be assessed?

Demonstration, practical work, one-to-one, group work and discussions. Teaching will be on a one-to-one or small group basis, to enable learners to progress at their own pace. Learners will be expected to follow the course programme to ensure progression.

You will receive regular verbal feedback from your tutor, who will assess you continually and informally. An Individual Learning Plan will help you monitor your progress and reach your target.

What are the extra costs?

Learners will need to purchase a notebook, cartridge paper, an HB or an F pencil and a putty rubber for the first session. Advice on further equipment will be given at the first session. Watercolour paints, paper and brushes will cost a minimum of £50 for this course, if you do not already have this equipment. Please note Daler Rowney aqua fine paints are not suitable for this course.

What can I progress to next?

Further courses at the Institute or with other external providers.