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Watercolour painting of flowers

An Introduction to Botanical Watercolour

Join Laura Silburn from the Eden Project Florilegium Society for a special three days at Eden, where you will be guided through the techniques of watercolour painting.

What you'll learn

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

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History of botanical painting

How the traditional methods of watercolour, pen and ink and graphite have been used for centuries and cannot be replaced by photography alone. 

Paint palette and paper

Accurate drawing techniques

We’ll refresh you on accurate line-drawing and tonal shading to make your subject appear three-dimensional, as well as helping you arrange your subject on the paper. 

Botanical Painting

Watercolour technique

Including mixing colours and using watercolour washes to build up a three-dimensional and life-like image. 


Previous course participant

“Thank you for your patient guidance and encouragement... We enjoyed every minute, and surprised ourselves with what we were able to achieve.”

In a nutshell

You will have three days to concentrate on drawing, tonal shading and using watercolour, focusing on accuracy – the key to a beautiful painting. Whilst attention to detail is important, botanical painting 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 12 people in this group.

What's included

  • Three 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. We will have 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, dividers and rulers to borrow on the day. A notebook may be useful. 

How to book

Bookings will open when dates are confirmed. 

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Previous course participant

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

Further information

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