Join botanical artists and tutors from The Eden Project Florilegium Society for a special five days at the Eden Project, where they will guide you through the techniques of graphite drawing and shading and how to turn this into a finished watercolour painting. 

What you’ll learn

Botanical illustration is all about looking at plants in a traditional but exciting way. Here’s what you’ll be doing…

History of botanical illustration: how the traditional methods of watercolour, pen and ink and graphite have been used for centuries and cannot be replaced by photography alone. 

Introduction to botany: you will be shown how to observe, what to look for and how to make plants come to life on paper.

Graphite techniques: we’ll teach you how to do accurate line-drawing and tonal shading to make your subject appear three-dimensional, as well as helping you arrange your subject on the paper. 

Watercolour technique, including mixing colours and using watercolour washes to build up a three-dimensional and life-like image. 

In a nutshell, you will have five days to concentrate on accurate drawing, tonal shading and using watercolour, allowing plenty of time for accuracy – the key to a beautiful illustration. Whilst attention to detail is important, botanical illustration is a very relaxing and enjoyable art form.

Who it's for

The course is suitable for both beginners and improvers. There will be a maximum of 16 people in the group. You may also be interested in our other botanical art courses.

What’s included

  • Five days of expert tuition (10am - 4pm)
  • Materials*
  • Lunch and refreshments on each day
  • Entrance to the Eden Project

* We will provide the paints, sable brushes, watercolour paper and drawing papers, plus tracing paper, etc. Attendees are requested to bring drawing equipment to include 2H and HB pencils of professional quality, or preferably mechanical pencils of 0.3mm diameter with 2H and HB leads, a plastic eraser, and 'paper stump' (or blender). We will have dividers and rulers for loan on the day. A notebook may be useful. 

About the tutors

Each course is taught by two tutors from The Eden Project Florilegium Society. Find out more about all our tutors:

Read an interview with Ros Franklin.

Thank you...for your patient guidance and encouragement given to all of us attending the Eden Project course. We enjoyed every minute, and surprised ourselves with what we were able to achieve.

Previous course participant

The course was delivered with passion and understanding; it was very clear and informative.

 Previous course participant

How to book

This course is now fully booked, but please see our other botanical art courses.