Botanical illustration - Intermediate

Course details

Botanical illustration - Intermediate DV1014 Friday
26.02.21 18 £213/£114 Gearies
Botanical illustration - Intermediate DV1015 Friday
26.02.21 18 £213/£114 Gearies

What is this course about?

You will further progress your skills in observation, drawing and painting the complex structures of plants flowers, leaves, fruits and vegetables. You will develop more fully your watercolour techniques, observational drawing and colour-mixing skills. This course will encourage you to experiment with watercolour to achieve freshness and you will explore more advanced techniques.

What are the entry requirements?

Botanical illustration is a precise and detailed discipline and therefore it is important to have excellent eyesight, good eye-to-hand coordination, and observational skills. You will need to have completed the previous 18-week 'Botanical Illustration - All Levels' (or equivalent) to enrol on this course, and understand all the terms and techniques needed to produce a botanical painting. 

This course is not suitable for beginners.

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 further progress your skills in:
  • Techniques to make accurate botanical studies in pencil, pen and ink.
  • Wet-into-wet technique, as well as other watercolour techniques.
  • Dry brushing and completing more complex pieces
  • Composition

How will the course be delivered 

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.

How will I be assessed?

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 £60 for this course, if you do not already have this equipment.

Please note: Daler Rowney Aqua Fine paints and Bockingford watercolour paper are not suitable for this course.

What can I progress to next?

Further courses at the Institute or with other external providers.

Health and Safety requirements?
You will need to follow the tutor's instructions on Health & Safety procedures