Botanical illustration: stage 1

Course Dates: 16/11/19 - 07/12/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Joanne Roberts

Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. Learn about depicting form, colour and differences in plant species with precision and detail on this studio and location-based course.

See what you could create – view a small selection of work made on this course



What is the course about?

Guiding you through basic techniques, such as careful observation, pencil drawing and mixing colours, the course moves on to more advanced skills such as creating depth and perspective to rendering detail, texture and pattern in a wide range of botanical subjects.

What previous students liked most about their course:

“I have more confidence with water colour.”
“A very good introduction to botanical drawing and watercolour, I have more confidence in tackling projects.“
“The tutor was very supportive and gave constructive criticism which was very helpful.”


What will we cover?

- Drawing Forms in Nature
- Colour Mixing
- Rendering details, textures and pattern
- Using digital technology in combination with hand drawn images
- Dissection and Bisection, the anatomy of a flower
- Putting together an illustration portfolio.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Draw botanical subjects with scientific accuracy
- Mix colours to correspond with observed colours
- Successfully execute tonal gradation, texture and pattern
- Use digital technology to enhance your illustrations
- Recognise the main reproductive parts of a flower
- Present a portfolio of botanical illustrations.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginners course.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with workshops, practical exercises, tutorials and handouts. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Graphics & Illustration and Photography. A short piece of homework will be set at the end of each lesson.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.) CDs/DVDs are available.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your skills further on VK501 City Lit children's book illustration course, VK530 Children's book illustration for beginners or compliment your illustration skills with a range of courses in illustration, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VK456

Sat, day, 16 Nov - 07 Dec '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £279.00
Senior fee: £279.00
Concession: £170.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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