Get skills in: botanical illustration

Course Dates: 30/06/22 - 21/07/22
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
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.
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Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00

Course Code: VK455

Thu, day, 30 Jun - 21 Jul '22

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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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 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.


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

Develop your skills further with VG457 Photoshop for beginners: intensive. City Lit offer a range of courses in Illustration, Graphic Design, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to enhance your illustration and design practice.

Alison Barratt

Alison Barratt is an illustrator, graphic designer, artist, academic. She gained a BA at Chelsea School of Art and trained for an MA at the Royal College of Art. Since then she has worked in London as an illustrator/designer. In addition she became Programme Leader for Illustration at the University of Sunderland in 2006, travelling between London and Sunderland. In 2017 she based herself wholly in London. Alison works as an illustrator for clients from publishing, corporate, advertising, supermarkets to editorial. These include Quadrille, Conran Octopus, City of London, NHS, English Heritage, Waitrose, M&S and the Sunday Telegraph. As a designer she has worked for design studios, newspapers and magazines including Condé Nast, Sunday Times, Observer, Sunday Telegraph. She has designed corporate identities, logos and books for Northern Arts and various art galleries. Whilst at the University of Sunderland she set up a research relationship between The National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle and her students. In 2014 she was a speaker at the 2014 ICON conference in Portland, Oregon. Alison has been a visiting lecturer at City University and the University of Stirling.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.