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An Introduction to Botanical Illustration

Discover the pure pleasure of capturing the beauty of a plant

Drawing is fun, sharpens your observation, and the concentration required to do it is also incredibly therapeutic. Suitable for beginners, this course will give you the basic skills to create beautiful and accurate botanical drawings and watercolour paintings. Using a variety of plant specimens, you will start by exploring drawing techniques such as tonal sketching, composition and creating an outline. You will then learn the subtleties of handling and mixing watercolour, which with its translucency and flexibility is an ideal medium for describing plant structure and colour.

  • Learn how to observe, draw and paint the complex and captivating structures of the plant kingdom
  • Flexible home-study learning so you can fit your learning around your work and life
  • Quality course material and excellent tutor support – to help you achieve your goals
  • On successful completion you will receive an HCC Certificate
  • Suitable for both amateurs and professionals
  • No previous experience needed

How the course works

Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.

The extensive course materials have been developed by botanic illustration experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)

The course includes all the required study materials. These include a video which demonstrates watercolour techniques. You are expected to provide your own art equipment (such as pencils, brushes, paints) and your tutor can advise on what is needed.

There is no formal examination. On successful completion you will be awarded an HCC Certificate. You have 2 years to complete the course.

For free advice, please call Freephone 0800 083 9191 or 01409 220 777, or click here to request a call back.