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Botanical Painting

An Introduction to Botanical Illustration

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 graphite drawing and shading and how to turn this into a finished botanical illustration.

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...

A piece of card in a hand with lots of different coloured flower leaves stuck to the card

Introduction to botany

You will be given a half-day introduction to learn or refresh the basic botany that is useful to the botanical illustrator, delivered by a member of the Eden Horticulture Team. 

A view of the wall of vegetalistas paintings set in the rainforest biome

An introduction to the 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. 

collection of leaves and illustrations

Accurate drawing techniques

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

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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 and tonal shading, focusing on 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 12 people in this group.

What's included

  • Three days of expert tuition (10am – 4pm)
  • Materials*
  • Tea and coffee on each day (Please note participants will need to bring their own lunch)
  • Entrance to the Eden Project

*We will provide drawing and tracing paper. Pencils, erasers, blenders, rulers and dividers will be available to borrow for the duration of the course. A notebook may be useful.

How to book 

For more information and to book, please get in touch via our enquiry form

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Previous course participant

“ Best botanical workshop I’ve been to in terms of proper constructive instructions and criticism. Brilliant plus friendly atmosphere. ”

Further information

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